Monday, May 19, 2014

You Can Do Anything, My Daughters

It's a barrage of attacks on my eyesight, when the white light from above, unseen to my naked eye is striking each thing and reacting. White light is bouncing all around this room and is either being absorbed or reflected by every object in here.

That my eye perceives something that is that color is only through the science behind it that determines in the spectrum that a tint of red somewhere in the middle of red and orange is travelling through my pupil. And the red, green, and blue receptors in my eye are determining the levels at which I am receiving them to make sense of it all in my brain. This is how we see the color pink.

Now, imagine walking down a toy aisle where everything is pink. I just blew your mind didn't I? The overuse of pink in girls' toys is rampant and something that will never completely go away. My girls love to dress up and they love princesses but they also love superheroes and cars.

I didn't spend time with them growing up, glossing over the pages with the trucks or avoiding the pages with the tools. They need to know EVERYTHING. I decided early on as a parent that to make them well rounded they needed to experience things that some might say are for one sex and not the other.

My three year old daughter is at the age where she is identifying what things are for girls and what things are for boys. If she sees something pink or purple, she automatically assumes "girl" while anything blue or green has become "for boys". So when Educational Insights asked me if I was interested in reviewing their new Dino Construction Company toys, I wanted to show the world what girls would do with these toys. They graciously let me have one for each kid. T-Top for Sarah whom we lovingly refer to as Tri-Sarah-tops and Boom for Heidi because well, she's three.

We were impressed with the sturdiness and well made construction of these toys and they loved how they left tracks in the sand. Sarah loved that T-Tops was a bulldozer and could make the road while Boom could scoop out large holes of dirt. Both girls showed just what they could do, by using their vehicles to construct a road and plant "trees" as they inserted sticks they found in the park in holes that Heidi dug along the way.

Moms at the playground were asking where they could get their own versions and were impressed not only by how versatile the toys were but that they held my kids' attention the entire time we were in the sand area. 

"Daddy, look I'm a structor!" she would say and even paused in the middle of her play to hug her Boom to show just how much she loved playing with it.  Later that night, she wanted her to sleep in her bed but we made her a bed in our sandbox instead. 

Kids are only limited by the limits you put on them. Open them up to possibilities with play that doesn't limit their potential. Tell your kids that if they can dream it, they can do it. If you do, you just might end up with a "structor" in your family too!

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There are four dinosaurs in the Dino Construction Company line. If you want a "structor" in your family too, you can enter to win one by following the Rafflecopter instructions below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. At the end of the giveaway, one random winner will be chosen and contacted by email. If no response is received in 24 hours, a new winner will be picked.

FTC Disclaimer : I was given two construction vehicles for a chance to expand the minds of my daughters from Educational Insights. All the opinions expressed in this post are solely my own and are the property of DadNCharge.

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  1. Wish me luck. My girls are super into the one we have.

  2. My son would LOVE these!

  3. I made it clear to my family that I will not accept strict "girlie" things for my daughter and pink is not the only color to surround her in. Luckily, my wife and I both agree on this and we are making good on word so far. These toys would be great to give her once she's a little older. And she's also getting Ninja Turtles just like I had! My wife hates this, but it's a MUST! Thanks for the great post and opportunity!

  4. Sorry, never answered the question. My daughter, Avery, would love Boom the most. She can't talk yet, but she has plenty of messy "booms" that make me think she'd enjoy this.

  5. My little girls would love some trucks for the sandbox.

  6. I think they would like T-top best because it can make a level road. But I think any of them would be great.

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