Kevin Barry

In an infant classroom I have seen gender stereotypes very evident during free play time. The boys always go to play with the Lego or the building blocks while the girls would always play with the dolls and the doll houses. The boys are very happy to build things using the blocks which is often seen as they grow older and into secondary school where they do subjects such as construction and engineering. The girls pretend they are mothers taking care of the dolls and nurturing them.

One time one of the girls said to one of her peers that would she like to go playing with the blocks but was quickly stopped being told no that is for boys. She just listened to her and continued playing with the dolls instead of trying to play with the blocks. It is very important in the classroom that both boys and girls are afforded equal opportunity to play with the same toys to help get away from these gender-based stereotypes.

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