Gender and Play within the Foundation Stage
...dolls, baby dolls, flowers, Dora Castles, kitchen, coloring, ponies, and fairies are all girl toys. Girl’s friendship groups were smaller and more intimate, and their attitude to friendship was more expressive, based on feelings and verbal behavior. (Blatchford & Sharp 1994, p. 42). The quality of the play by different genders is found to be different. The play of boys seems to be rougher than that of girls’ as it engages in more energetic and powerful physical contact, taunting and fighting. Boys engage in more active powerful play than that of girls, especially when they are in the same gender groups. But in turn, the girls will continue longer than boys at activities that need excellent... ?Gender and ...