Today – The Best Lego for Girls – My top choices of Lego sets for girls and why it’s OK that many (but not all!) girls often like different Lego sets to boys.
I’ve just been to London to see the new Lego friends range and hear about the research behind it.
I am a feminist
I used to be a social worker.
I am PC and
I abhor stereotypes.
I know from working with hundreds of parents and foster carers that gender influences how a child plays
I know from my own experience that my daughter and her friends like realistic elements to their play and they like to be social in their play. I know my son likes wild, imaginary scenarios and is not overly bothered by realism.
Play theory and gender
I know play theory accepts gender difference and child development studies openly acknowledges this fact: Children do play differently according to gender (mostly.)
Lego is traditionally a toy associated with boys (80% of Lego is bought for boys.) Lego saw a big gap in the market where they weren’t meeting (most) girls interests and needs. So they did 4 years research to define what they would need to do to Lego for girls to be more interested… Lego friends is the result.
Realism in girls play
It is a lot more ‘realism ‘ based than previous Lego sets, the characters have REAL names and normal ‘not bizarre and yellow’ faces. They have settings, interests and jobs that are wider and more community based e.g a cafe, a designer workshop and an inventors studio. There is lots of attention to detail and a more traditionally ‘feminine’ colour palette has been introduced. Playmobil cottoned on to this years ago I think Lego are just playing catch up really by widening their range.
Some girls will of course always prefer Harry Potter lego sets, some boys may be interested in dog shows, but that’s great they have more options now. At least there are now some real Lego choices for girls who play in a more traditionally ‘female’ way
I know when my daughter plays with my son’s Lego she puts the little men to bed and puts scraps of fabric over them, she has them talking to each other and she brings her little teacups too them to drink from. It’s fab there are now Lego sets for girls that she can truly appreciate and that will help her play in the way she likes.
And really who wouldn’t want to build a Lego Pop Star Limo?
I know it has been controversial. I see it as an expansion and quite an enlightened one (I didn’t expect robots and an inventors studio and was pleasantly surprised by this!)
My thoughts on Lego sets for girls
It’s certainly more lilac than pink but yes it’s great to see it less primary coloured.
I think most boys are unlikely to buy it (but would they buy a girls world head or a barbie campervan or a pink tutu – are we going to complain such toys are sexist because mainly girls like them? My daughter was never going to ask for Lego ninjagos but no one ever mentioned sexism boys colours and boys interests then!!
The Lego sets for girls are just as complex to put together, just as intricate and just as fun. I think it’s rather fab. It acknowledges a difference that is there but still encourages girls to construct and to work with their hands which is always cool.
My daughter loved building and playing with ‘her own’ sets.
What do you think about Lego for girls? and what do you think is the best lego for girls…should both genders play with the same or do you see a difference. i would love to know your thoughts on this so please do drop me a comment below.
One thing is for sure no matter whats sets she loves the best lego for girls is definitely here to stay
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