Ask students to vote or comment on these statements:
'I don't ever want to see my daughter dressed in pink or in a dress, I give her toys that will help her make something of herself, she has a train set and building blocks not dollies and prams'
Tansy, 32, Architect
'Tarquin doesn't play with toys or swords, we don't give him any toys that encourage him to be violent, I want him to know that war is not a game'
Malcolm, 44, Planning officer
'You can't tell kids what toys they want, they always want the stuff their friends have, or what they've seen on TV, I try to get them the toys they want or they just end up miserable and the money you spent is wasted'
Debbie, 37, Nurse
'I don't mind if they have toy tractors or toy frying pans, what really gets me going is the hard sell, all the kids shows have loads of ads for very expensive toys, they always want something new and its all about getting the newest thing, not using your imagination'
Catharine, 35, designer
- What are the motives behind the four statements?
- How will the kids be affected by their parent's choices?
- If students have their own families how will they choose toys for their kids?
2) Main activity
Remind students that no one knows whether it's nature or nurture that causes boys and girls to behave differently. Introduce these definitions: