Last November, I posted about a new toy that was expected on the market this April. I just received an announcement from Fat Brain Toys that they have GoldieBlox in stock now for $29.99.
In case you don’t remember, GoldieBlox is the creation of Stanford graduate, Debbie Sterling. She intends to produce a series of these toys that are designed to encourage young girls to engage in engineering. The first kit of the series, GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine, includes a book and a project kit. The minimum recommended age is 6 years old.
In my first post on GoldieBlox, I mentioned my discouragement in finding so many online toys that were labeled with traditional gender roles. I applaud Debbie Sterling’s attempt to even the playing field by creating an engineering toy that may have more appeal for girls, but I still hope for a near future when there is no distinction. That being said, this looks like an interesting educational toy, and I would love to get feedback from anyone who uses it with students or their own children.