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Girls Like T-Ball

Uploaded: Jan 3, 2015

Being the mom of a toddler, I attend and host many play dates. As the children in our play groups grow up, it's interesting to see their toys evolve.

Not only are the toys becoming more intricate with smaller and smaller pieces (more pieces to play with, clean up, lose and break), but they also seem to be becoming more stereotypically gendered.

Yet, even with the boys' play areas getting filled with more and more cars, trucks and trains, it's not uncommon to also spot a play kitchen, pretend food to prep or even a doll stroller (usually filled with cars instead of dolls). And, similarly, it's not out of the ordinary to spot cars, trucks or trains at a toddler girl's house filled mainly with pink and purple toys.

Over the holiday season President Obama sorted toys into bins for Toys for Tots. He talked about breaking down gender stereotypes when he placed toys that are stereotypically for boys, like t-ball, into the girl toy bin. The video is less than a minute long, so it is unclear which (if any) stereotypically girl toys ended up in the boy toy bin.

This holiday season did you break any gender stereotypes with the toys you bought?