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Why girls should put their dolls down

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on October 23, 2014

According to a British study, girls should spend less time playing with dolls and more time playing with LEGOs and other “boy” toys that promote creativity. ​

Is your little girl only into dolls? That could limit her future career options, according to the author of the study, Dame Athene Donald. A Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge, Donald believes that parents should do away with gender stereotypes and encourage their daughters to play with cars and other toys traditionally aimed at boys.

Why? Because social behaviour patterns and stereotypes become ingrained in early childhood based on the types of toys that children are given to play with; typical “girl” toys, like Barbies, typically foster passivity (girls will comb their hair, dress them up, etc.) while typical “boy” toys, like LEGO or Meccano construction sets, promote building, imagination and creativity.

According to Donald, the wrong toys are holding back girls who might otherwise go on to develop an interest in science and engineering.

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by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard

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