This #lookatgoldie post is sponsored by GoldieBlox through our affiliation with The Motherhood. Opinions are my own.
There are some amazing campaigns in our view these days. I love the Like a Girl campaign. I was first a mother to boys. I thought nothing of it when they would only wear pink socks. This phase seemed to happen for each of my boys between two and three years. Then came the three and four years where they wanted to play with Barbie. I didn’t discourage this, but there were a lot of discussions on how it was not appropriate for a boy.
Then I had girls. I had toughened up a bit after boys and discussions about what was appropriate for them to play with in regards to toys. Girls were a different story all together. I noticed when my girls picked up a toy car to play with, everyone carried on normally. When my girls set up soldiers, those around me were indifferent.
School became a different story. There were all these stereotypes about “boys are just better at math” or “girls usually thrive in English”. We did many science fairs and the aisles of competitors were filled with boys.
It’s confusing. When they are little boys seem to have the labels that cause them to conform…”don’t let them see you cry”, “boys don’t play with Barbie’s”, “Boy’s don’t wear pink”. Girls seem to have the best of all worlds. They are not judged by a toy that pick up and there are not critics in the peanut gallery.
I’ve always been one to march to my drummer and I am raising my children to do the same. In my 25 years of parenting, I’ve witnessed the evolution of toys that promote science, technology, math and engineering. They trend without fail.
As I have grown, my circle of people have expanded. I have met Engineers. They have all been male. In fact, 87 percent of engineers are men. My girls are great at math. They love building things. Recently, Miss M was in hysterics because she and her brother had spent hours creating a LEGO movie theater using their imagination and her brother put it away (by tearing it a part). She still had ideas!
This is where GoldiBlox comes into play. Created by Debbie Sterling and designed especially for girls who have an interest in math and engineering, this toy is construction that allows problem solving using connectors, spools and pegs. This is one brand that Miss M has taken great pride in, putting away when she is done playing and taking out again and again. I find her often on the floor recreating and questioning “what if?” and I love this.
We received two kits that are so much fun.
Probably her most favorite is the GoldieBlox Dunk Tank.
This kit has everything to create a dunk tank that really works. Miss M has built this a few times and always plays with it for hours once it’s completed.
Once its completed she sets up a mug of water underneath and the fun of the build becomes a reward with a working dunk tank
Here’s a short (6-second video) that shows how it works!
The colors are fun and concept simple. The focus is on playable and build-able.
Each set can be combined with other sets to add more creativity. Sets range from $19.99 to $29.99 with extension kits at $9.99. There’s even a Solid Gold(ie) set which features three GoldieBlox sets, an expansion pack and a BloxStar tee-shirt for $99.95. Any would make an outstanding holiday or birthday gift! Visit GoldieBlox.com to discover more building plans and ideas to spark creativity and build on math and engineering concepts.
The second set we received is the GoldieBlox Parade Float.
Assembled it looks like this:
Pull the leash and the float moves with the barrels rolling. The teddy bear and puppy twirl and the pig does spins around the pole!
I love watching Miss M assemble and play with GoldieBlox. Her brother sometimes joins her. She’s learning how things work and having fun at the same time!
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Prize Pack Includes:
- GoldieBlox Parade Float
- GoldieBlox Dunk Tank