When I was growing up there was a stigma floating around about how boys could only play with action figures and girls could only play with dollies. As a little girl I was the one out of my friends to wonder why it was my lot in life to only be able to play with certain toys and why I couldn’t do the things the boys were doing; I simply couldn’t understand or accept that that was just the way things were at the time. I did everything in my power to break the mold I had been placed in by those who came before me. I played in the mud, played with action figures and partook in games of cops and robbers.
To this day I still believe that children are wrongly limited when it comes to what they can and can’t do or what they can or can’t play with but do my best as a parent to raise children that don’t limit themselves to that train of thought and who believe they can do anything they set their mind to.
When Miss Sarah was 2, we hit Target. I was shocked to see a “boy aisle” and “girl aisle”! The first thing I saw in the girl aisle was a pink lacy ironing board. (I don’t even iron). Boys had all the cool stuff like Legos, dinosaurs and robots! I quickly decided that I was going to be unconventional and bought Miss Sarah some trains that day. Why not? My pop was a conductor for the CP rail for over 25 years – it seemed like a great place to start. When I happened across Goldie Blox I knew it was a company that I could get behind and introduce my daughter to.
At Goldie Blox, their main goal is to get girls building. Out of the number of engineers in the entire world, only 14% are girls and this is something that the people behind Goldie Blox have set out to change. By tapping into girls’ strong verbal skills, their story + construction sets aims to bolster confidence in the spatial skills of young girls while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things. Goldie Blox knows that in a world that men largely outnumber women in areas such as science, math, engineering and technology, girls start to lose interest in those subjects at as early as age 8 and that construction toys develop an early interest in those subjects but also, that over the last hundred of years, those toys have been strictly considered boys toys. Goldie Blox is determined to change all of that.
I was able to partner with Goldie Blox recently and given my position about girls being beat out of certain areas of life, namely subjects such as science, engineering, etc., I was beyond thrilled to be given the opportunity. I’ve taught my daughter the importance of never letting anyone, especially boys, tell her that just because she’s a girl that she’s limited to only doing “girly” things; every girl deserves the chance to see how far she can go, no matter what subjects she chooses to pursue.
We even took it a step further and went into Kindergarten classes in our town and shared the Goldie Blox Message with other kids, Miss Sarah acting like an ambassador.
They. Were. A. Hit.
I highly suggest you add Goldie Blox to your holiday shopping list for your little people, the powerful message alone that it sends is worth the investment!
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