Letting Children Be Children

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I was having a nose through The Independent website the other day & came across this story.

It is about the discovery of a letter believed to have been included in Lego boxes in 1974.
The letter is written to the parents & is quite forward thinking for it’s time.

“To Parents

The urge to create is equally strong in all children. Boys and girls.
It’s imagination that counts. Not skill. You build whatever comes into your head, the way you want it. A bed or a truck. A dolls house or a spaceship.
A lot of boys like dolls houses. They’re more human than spaceships.
A lot of girls prefer spaceships. They’re more exciting than dolls houses.
The most important thing is to put the right material in their hands and let them create whatever appeals to them.”

In those days I’m assuming that one bought bits & created whatever you wanted. These days Lego seems to have back tracked a bit with the majority of their sets being targeted specifically at boys or girls.

Maybe as Christmas approaches (the obligatory Lego playing time of year) we as parents can remember to allow our children to just be & play with whichever toys they like without worrying whether they are for their gender or not.

^KH

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