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Toys for Children: Shop Childrens Toys and Games at Kmart

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Treat your children to a brand new toy

Kids love the thrill of a new toy. Kmart carries a wonderful variety of items that inspire creativity and delight young minds. Whether big or small, a new toy can be a fun surprise that will brighten up your child’s day. Give your little ones a new stuffed animal for cozy comfort or bring out a board game that the whole family can enjoy. Kids’ games make spending quality time together more exciting.

When stormy weather sours your outdoor plans, you can save the day with a few kids’ games. Your little ones will be delighted to open their kids’ storage chest[1] and pick out something special. Build a grand palace for dolls and action figures with a set of building blocks. Your children will create stirring adventures without having to leave the living room. If you’d like to practice some school work on a snow day, development toys combine learning and entertainment in one. Kids love the challenge of tricky puzzles and brain teasers.

On sunny days, your family can head outdoors for fun in the fresh air. Stay active with an outdoor playset. Your kids can bounce on sturdy trampolines and sway on the swing set. Grab some kites and foam blasters for a fun activity once they’re done in the swimming pool[2].  Enrich your child’s life with the great selection of toys from Kmart.

References

  1. ^ kids’ storage chest (www.kmart.com)
  2. ^ swimming pool (www.kmart.com)

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Science shows gender neutral toys empower children, and possibly society at large – Quartz

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The days of pink and blue toy aisles may soon be a thing of the past, as toy manufacturers[1] and big-box retailers[2] move to eliminate gendered toy marketing.

While gender equality advocates hail these advances (myself included) as positive, others are less than enthusiastic—and downright misinformed.

Most recently, news[3] that Target is ditching gender-based toy labels—including in-store signage and colored backdrops on shelves—has sparked the ire of some conservatives, who contend that gender-neutral shopping experiences are an affront to “traditional” values.

Case in point: Franklin Graham (son of well-known evangelist Billy Graham) authored a viral Facebook post[4] in Aug. 2015 denouncing Target, because God would have wanted gender binaries to stay intact: “I have news for them and for everyone else—God created two different genders,” Graham writes. “If you agree, share in the comments below—and let Target know … that you are perfectly willing to shop where the genders God created are appreciated.” And share people did. The post, touting an #OffTarget hashtag, has been shared nearly 50,000 and racked up more than 109,000 likes.

 Integrated toy aisles won’t result in widespread upheaval and gender confusion among children. But despite Graham’s and his sympathizers’ beliefs, integrated toy aisles won’t result in widespread upheaval and gender confusion among children. As developmental psychologist Christia Brown recently told[5] New York Magazine, such a claim simply “doesn’t hold up to the science … We know kids know their gender really early—they know it by about two years old.”

Science: 1. Haters: 0.

Science has also taught us about the detrimental effects that gendered toys can have on young, impressionable children. As Dr. Elizabeth Sweet[6], a sociologist and lecturer at the University of California, Davis, whose research[7] focuses on gender and toys, explained to Quartz, “Studies have found that gendered toys do shape children’s play preferences and styles. Because gendered toys limit the range of skills and attributes that both boys and girls can explore through play, they may prevent children from developing their full range of interests, preferences, and talents.”

These effects shouldn’t be under-emphasized. According to Let Toys Be Toys[8], a UK-based campaign focused on eliminating the gendered labeling and marketing of toys, “the stereotypes we see in toy marketing connect with the inequalities[9] we see in adult life. By late primary age, research … shows that children already have very clear ideas about the jobs that are suitable for boys and girls; ideas that are very hard to shake later on.”

In other words, a stroll down the toy aisle can end up teaching young girls that glamour and beauty, cooking and baby care are their ultimate goals, while boys might leave the toy store believing they should be rough, rowdy, and only interested in action-oriented activities. The result? Reinforced gender stereotypes that buttress outdated notions of masculinity and femininity, which, for mainstream outliers, can carry harmful consequences[10].

Conversely, de-gendering toys will allow children, and arguably society at large, to reap long-term benefits: when we offer kids equal choices from an early age, it logically follows that they will continue to expect and demand equality in their personal, social and professional lives.

 Conversely, de-gendering toys will allow children, and arguably society at large, to reap long-term benefits. This is precisely why my husband and I make a point to offer our three-year-old daughter a wide variety of toys. That’s not to say we preclude her from playing with traditionally “girly” toys (we even indulge her princess obsession, to my horror), but we want her to explore any and all interests, including ones that Franklin Graham would characterize as masculine.

Drop by our house at any given time and you’re likely to find her playing with trucks while dressed as Queen Elsa. And when our son is old enough to engage in parallel, associative and cooperative play, I will similarly support him no matter what toys catch his fancy. After all, play should encourage, not thwart, development. Nor should it ever be used to shame a child who wants to pursue non-binary interests.

Those concerned that removing gender labels from toys will “cause the collapse of the gender order,” as Sweet put it, are whipping themselves into a frenzy for nothing. De-gendering toys simply allows children to “be free to explore their diverse interests beyond the narrow confines of gender stereotypes. Taking down a sign that says ‘Girls’ Building Sets’ doesn’t prevent a girl from selecting that toy, it simply means that a boy could also choose it.

Besides, we still have a long way to go. In fact, according to Sweet’s research, toys are more gendered now than they’ve ever been before. “The use of signage and color-coding to gender segregate toy aisles is a relatively new phenomenon that has only become popular in the past several decades,” she said. And the social media backlash that followed Target’s announcement demonstrates just how deeply entrenched sexism is.

Still, there’s reason to remain optimistic. Elsewhere, campaigns like Britain’s “Let Toys Be Toys” have been very successful; to date, 14 retailers[11] have committed to end gendered toy marketing. And if major US retailers like Target are willing to embrace a cultural shift, it’s likely that eventually more stores and manufacturers will follow suit.

As a mom and die-hard believer in gender equality, I’m hopeful. I never want my children to feel pressured, whether subliminally or overtly, to pursue interests based on their perceived gender identity, and I know I’m not alone. While having completely genderless toys is likely impossible, there is a middle ground, which stores like Target are increasingly embracing. Children should not be forced to comply with their parents’ socially-constructed ideas of binary gender roles. To each his or her own!

Follow Maureen on Twitter at @maureenshaw[12]. We welcome your comments at ideas@qz.com[13].

References

  1. ^ toy manufacturers (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  2. ^ retailers (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  3. ^ news (www.nbcnews.com)
  4. ^ Facebook post (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ told (nymag.com)
  6. ^ Dr. Elizabeth Sweet (www.elizabethvsweet.com)
  7. ^ research (www.elizabethvsweet.com)
  8. ^ Let Toys Be Toys (www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk)
  9. ^ connect with the inequalities (www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk)
  10. ^ harmful consequences (www.rolereboot.org)
  11. ^ 14 retailers (www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk)
  12. ^ @maureenshaw (twitter.com)
  13. ^ ideas@qz.com (qz.com)

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Alameda Co delegates trove donating toys to children at UCSF Benioff Oakland … – abc7news.com

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OAKLAND, CA (KGO) -. The dog days of summer for a number of hospitalized children are now a lot more fun thanks to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Delegates deposited a huge mound of toys at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Tuesday.

Many children in comprehensive care can suffer from depression. To their friends and relatives visit less because they are traveling, or taking part in summer events.

“In the course of the year, donating many people to the hospital in time to Christmas,” said Lt. Michael Carroll. “Many of these children are neglected and forgotten in the summer, so we decided, hey, let’s put together a toy drive.”

The sheriff asks that people consider donating to the children’s hospital to help the summer a lot happier for these children.

(Copyright © 2015 KGO-TV / DT. All Rights Reserved.)
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MBC presenter mission to bring toys to needy children Arabic – Al-Arabiya

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Toys for Kids brightens Christmas for 200 children – Alexandria Echo Press

cheer for many families in the area.

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More than 200 children received toys, which is double the number from last year.

“We want to bring a big ‘thank you’ for giving financially to our Toys for Kids program this year,” said coordinator Grant Haugen. “Whether it was a cash donation or personal purchase of toys, your generosity, kindness and support is appreciated All it takes is one person to care about one another;. Invest their time, money and prayers.”

The program also received help, prayers and coordination of Love INC in Alexandria, Haugen noted.

“Next year we will plan to take additional contact churches, organizations and companies for their help,” he said.

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