Tuesday, October 19, 2010

do real men build with pink bricks?

We added some paving bricks outside to support the raging interest in building that has gripped many of our boys.

Paving bricks aren't as heavy as your average brick so they can be carted around easily in the back of trucks and wheelbarrows and carried by little hands. 

 The boys were busy using them to build campfires and cubby houses and planes:

Somewhere along the line a couple of girls decided the bricks needed a bit of a makeover:  

Out came the paints:

No surprise at the colour they chose:

Until all of our bricks are now this fetching shade of pink:

Now I'm wondering, will the boys still play with pink bricks?


  1. I hope they will!!! Honestly, why do colors have to be gender specific. I know we work really hard to be an equal gender/color opportunity place around here :). The added color looks fantastic, and if they really don't like them, then they can paint their own colors, right? Ohhhhhh... and what a teaching opportunity it could be in regard to it is what is on the inside that counts!

  2. That made me laugh! It will be interesting to see what the boys say and do.

  3. I hope they will, too and I also think that colours do have to be gender-specific! Can't wait to find out what the boys think and how the girls would react to that!

  4. I am looking forward to seeing the future of this, and I appreciate your openness in seeing the through and documenting it.

  5. The whole pink-and-blue thing is rife here too. One of our major toy stores has a 'girls' floor - pink, and 'boys' floor - all blue, thus reinforcing the gender-stereotyping of colours and toys. It's SO infuriating. Manufacturers only need to make things in two colours it seems. Parents and teachers and the children themselves have to actively go against this wave of segregation - it's tough to constantly be on the look out for giving pink opportunities to boys, and blue for girls. And hey toy and clothes manufacturers - how about producing other coloured and non-gender specific clothes/activities/toys.
    My little boy's favourite colour is pink (very much encouraged by us!) but of course it's really hard to find things in pink for him. Pink is a wonderfully jolly and appealing colour; CHILDREN (both B and Gs)are naturally drawn to it(there's been a study somewhere with regards to this) - it's what follows that splits the ranks into blue for boys and pink for girls. (In Victorian times Blue was for girls and Pink for boys btw.)
    So - YAY! We've recently found pink Lego that both boys and girls LOVE to make and build with.
    And I've boycotted that toy store.

    Rant over.

    Here's to boys and girls building with multi-coloured painted bricks!!

    Julia D

  6. Several years ago I got a very good deal on tricycles. The downside was that they were all pink. I worried that the boys wouldn't want to ride them so one of my parents took one home to paint. Not only did she paint it, but she painted it black with flames. By the end of the school year, I had to throw out the pink trikes because they had been ridden so much -- by both boys and girls -- they were falling apart. The black/flame trike? It was in mint condition. No one would ride it. It now hangs on the wall of the school as a piece of art.

    I'll bet your boys will play with the pink pavers. =)