International Women’s Day is coming up on the 8th March! Since I’m a woman and have three girls, it’s a day I really want to celebrate!
Whether your children like playing with dolls or fire trucks, wearing pink, yellow, red or blue - we created this list of some of the toys and books designed to inspire strong women of the future.
Little People, Big Dreams
This series of books Little People, Big Dreams is designed to tell the stories of some of the most compelling female characters in history. Read about some of the world’s most wonderful women who changed the world with their work, bravery, actions or talent. Told in a compelling, clear and unpatronising story with beautifully illustrated pages, the books are perfect for ages 4+.
The women featured in the books came from all over the world and made their mark in various fields from art to politics. Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Anne Frank, Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo. They’re perfect for girls of any nationality and background and show that no matter where you’re from or the hardships you encounter, with perseverance and passion, it is possible to make a difference.
Most kids are interested in bugs, right? Encourage a healthy curiosity in nature and biology with these cool bugnoculars. Pop a few insects in there with some foliage and food (possibly) - the air holes ensure the bugs can breathe. Then take a peek! Don’t keep the bugs in there for too long though!
Women of Nasa
It’s not just boys that are interested in science! The Women of Nasa Lego set looks at some of the most groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are 4 mini figures of pioneering women of NASA including astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Rise and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison.
The set is easy to put together but due to small parts is not suitable for children under the age of 3. If you have an older child and want something more challenging for the family to build, try the Saturn V!
GoldieBlox Engineering & Making Games
Toys that involve construction and invention don’t have to come in a stereotypically masculine casing. GoldieBlox recognised this and has created toys marketed at girls with the aim of encouraging them to have fun whilst learning some of the basic principles of engineering, problem-solving and build spacial skills.
Although some of the kits contain small parts so they’re NOT suitable for toddlers or small children - older children will enjoy the challenge of creating “inventions” - as you can make your own instead of just following the instructions.
Who’s She Guessing Game
This game captured the attention of women worldwide as a fun way to educate children (and adults) about the achievements of some of the most influential women throughout the years. The Who’s She guessing game recently went through a successful Kickstarter campaign to and is available to pre-order here.
Our Generation Professional Dolls
Personally, I wasn’t a fan of dolls when I was a child - but plenty of little girls love them. Our Generation Professional Dolls are dolls with professions - which, I think, makes them much more interesting! As well as the dolls, there are accessories to match.
Although the outfits and accessories certainly aren’t all gender neutral (all the cars are all pink, for example) little girls (or boys) who love dolls can pick and choose the outfits to suit their own tastes.