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Bank of Stereotype-Free Play Ideas and Resources

#YouCanBe Campaign

For Parents and Carers

We all know children are happier and more confident when they are free to explore their interests and express themselves.Play is vital to help children develop their full potential – but too often children’s play is limited by stereotypes about what boys and girls should do and be.

Parents have a big responsibility here - but we know you also have a lot on your plate. We’ve sifted through hundreds of resources and play ideas, so you don’t have to. You can find everything here from extended games to keep them entertained on a long rainy day to easy activities you can do with things you already have at home – and even the best TV shows for when you all need a break. All these activities are stereotype-free and perfect for girls and boys.

All children need time and space for play every day, now more than ever. Through play we can teach boys to be comfortable expressing their emotions and girls to be confident expressing their strengths. Meaning all children can feel proud of who they are and develop their full potential.

What can you do?

Have fun!

  • The range of activities included in the Wakelet will help you turn this time that is limiting us all, into a time for limitless fun! To see the Wakelet click HERE

Disclaimer: We haven’t personally tried and tested all the activities and resources in this collection; however, they’ve been recommended by parents and/or teachers.

Co-create this collection with us!

  • Let us know if there is anything you would like to add by completing this simple form HERE or email jo.zawadzka@zerotolerance.org.uk

Ask your nursery to join our campaign

  • Ask your nursery to join our campaign they can join by signing up HERE
  • Here is a PDF with all information that you can download and attach to an email.

Spread the word

  • Like, comment, and our campaign posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Please share link to this website and help other families to turn this time that is limiting us all, into a time for limitless fun!
  • Share our social media resources. To see the Wakelet click HERE

Have we missed something?

If you have any useful resources or tips you would recommend to friends and family about gender, race, sexuality, and disability please just let us know – we’d love to include it here!

Please email jo.zawadzka@zerotolerance.org.uk with any suggestions for additions or ideas.


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