An article about pink toys and blue toys. Here’s my response: “When my children were young-ish [4 of them within a 7 year spread] they played in the playroom, which was half the living room. There were books and building toys. There was also a child sized table and chairs and a basket of tiny tea cups, small boxes from food, silverware, etc. I made play dough [flour, salt, etc.] on the stove for them, and they kneaded it and added the colors they chose.

They also played outside a LOT. One summer after mowing the yard around the house, I mowed a path through the meadow out back in a wiggly route toward their favorite climbing tree. It was like a path through a jungle. I imagined how wonderful it would be to a child with the grass waving in the breeze, almost at their head height.

forBlogNov2013All of my children are very creative, but each with their own “art” or “tools.” Two of my sons with computers and code and website designs. Three of them with writing. One son with needlecraft. And one daughter with her use of color and her creativity in working with people/children. One daughter with sewing and crochet…

Our children depend on us to give them the tools, the impetus, the space; in order to have rich imaginative and creative lives. Let’s stop complaining about pink and blue blocks. Use your WALLET to vote. WALK AWAY from pink/blue. There are other options in toys. Bubble wands, paper airplanes, and plain blocks and legos, capes and hats, kitchen sets for little ones… and on and on. Don’t let YOUR imagination stifle your children or grandchildrens’ imaginations.”

What I loved about this particular article were the comments. (I actually didn’t like the written article.) Some of the ways parents are encouraging creativity and imagination in their children: sandboxes, skating, bicycle riding, using real tools, puzzles, crochet, in one case a Raggedy Andy doll… Then there was this: some dirt and water with an old spoon… And one parent wrote: the old toys in our house “lost” their boxes ages ago and are in non-gender specific containers.

Go and watch the video, the one redeeming quality, in my opinion, of the article. Riley looks to be about 3 or 4 years old and obviously has been part of discussions at her house about gender equality. Always nice to have proof that there are other parents out there who are not just talking the talk, but walking the walk too. Way to go!

Imagine a world, then start building it. Sharing ideas and your experiences with others is  encouraging and can provide food for thought or action. Pink and blue are part of the color palette, and delightful in the collage on the card above. But to define gender? Really?
**Card; a handmade creation, do not copy, protected under Creative Commons. Quote on card; “If you pay attention, kids will teach you how to laugh loudly, how to love deeply and how to live fully. They will also ruin all your stuff.” by Beth Woolsey. Thanks for stopping by and come visit again.