Well what a busy couple of weeks. We are marching ever closer to spring, days are getting lighter, birds and singing and the snowdrops are up in my garden!
More exciting still was our big trip. Lovely girl, lovely baby and me all headed to big London town for a very lovely bloggers event hosted by the very welcoming Immediate media.
The purpose: to launch a Blossom Magazine’s World Book Day Competition. We spent the day meeting the editors, illustrators, painting fairies and listening to a very interesting Q&A with the beautiful Janey Louise Jones, Author of the Princess Poppy books (A lovely little girl who has great fun, works hard and who, in the words of the author, “doesn’t just aspire to getting married” Horrah!)
So back to the competition: if you head to your local shop and grab a copy of Blossom- you can get straight to work for the chance for your little one(s) story to be published by Blossom magazine – more than that your budding writers will have their story professionally illustrated! Pretty cool if your a little one me thinks!
For those of you who have not come across it yet- Blossom is a girls magazine packed with aspirational, age appropriate material. Which sincerely makes a refreshing change to the often questionable material floating about on the children’s shelves in supermarkets and toy shops. I guess this post is timely after the recent discussions in parliament; about the ‘pinkifcafion’ of toys hurting our economy: discouraging girls from maths and science. It has been acknowledged that the fact is if boys play with construction toys, experiment with science kits and solve problems in their play they transition to careers careers using these skills without hesitation. Verses girls whose play has increasingly centered in a vacuous pink hairdressing salons or malls leading girls to a position where they find it challenging to move into science and industry, particularly high paying industries. Leaving this country with a skills gaps and accounting for 80% of the wage gap (because so many women work in lower paying sectors).
So I am pleased to see a magazine focusing on substance inside. Attracting interest through a bright cheerful colour and holding their interest through really engaging content (Lovely girl sat a read the whole mag in the Q&A, I mean sat still. Amazing!)
I confess I don’t know why it has to be pink. There are so many beautiful colours – I understand producing beautiful magazine to appeal to the feminine but design can be pretty and multi-coloured….
Anyways I am very grateful my house is filled with dinosaurs, gnomes, fairies, cars, ponies in alls shapes and colours. I believe we should just let children be children. Check out let toys be toys for boys and girls for more information on this incredibly interesting area early childhood.