Toys and Gender

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As you walk down the toy aisle, it's easy to see that toy packaging is based on gender stereotypes. Here, a lesson challenges scholars to look past the stereotypes and value a toy for what it is and the joy it brings. Through thoughtful discussion, learners explore gender-neutral toys, complete a worksheet identifying toys for their stereotypes, then recreate their favorite toys in gender-neutral packaging. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Emphasize the importance of choosing toys based on interest, not gender; when toys are geared toward one sex, anyone can still play with it
  • Take a look at the toys in your classroom, and invite pupils to share their thoughts on how gender-neutral they are or are not
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson includes tips and suggestions for adapting the information and vocabulary for the youngest learners
  • Requires copies and or projection equipment, internet access, and audio for the videos
Pros
  • Encourages using gender-neutral terms 
  • Breaks gender stereotypes in toys and packaging
Cons
  • None