GIFT FOR A BOY?: Young child gets supermarket to remove sexist sign

Maggie Cole, a seven-year-old resident of Poole, Dorset, southern England has struck a blow for gender equality in the war against gendered stereotypes after managing to get her local supermarket to bin what she considered to be a sexist sign advertising a clock in their toy department, the Metro newspaper reports. She stumbled across the sign while shopping with her mother Karen at the Tesco supermarket near their home in the seaside town. The cardboard sign, which was affixed to a shelf in the children’s’ toy aisle, had been erected by the retailer to advertise a Marvel Comics alarm clock. Underneath a picture of the product were the words “Fun gifts for boys” … Continue reading GIFT FOR A BOY?: Young child gets supermarket to remove sexist sign

LEE VALLEY: School’s out, have fun

The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which manages tourist attractions and sports centres along a 26-mile stretch of the River Lee (usually spelt ‘Lea’) in Essex and Hertfordshire, is offering special activities to families in the east London area. Children starting their summer holidays can now take part in a variety of fun and exciting activities such as BMX bike riding, tennis and hockey at special summer holiday prices. The LVRPA are offering a huge choice of affordable sports programmes to keep children occupied during the long six-week break. You can choose from hour-long taster sessions in four types of cycling, one-day sports activity camps and training sessions for cycling, hockey and tennis, as part … Continue reading LEE VALLEY: School’s out, have fun

A TODDLER’S INGENUITY: My niece’s hairband bangles – art of a mini-genius

By Vijay Shah It is not commonplace to think of toddlers as being smart, and certainly not as being highly creative. For an average tot, the apex of creativity is a paper or wall plastered with scribbles or a misshapen Lego tower that soon gets demolished as the child decides to go on a running rampage. Give a party of pre-schoolers a pack of felt-tips and you will soon need a new lick of paint for every wall in the house. Lego: the multicoloured building equipment favoured by tiny construction engineers the world over Only a few days ago, my … Continue reading A TODDLER’S INGENUITY: My niece’s hairband bangles – art of a mini-genius