188 Do children’s toys influence their career choices?

Speech Materals

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Everyone has memories of toys they loved playing with as a child.

It might be building blocks or a train set, a doll house or a tea set.

It doesn’t necessarily mean those that played with them grew up to be construction workers or
train drivers, housekeepers or tea ladies.

However education minister Elizabeth Truss recently warned children’s toys could affect their
careers. She said gender-specific toys risked turning girls off science and maths and urged parents
to buy their daughters Lego to get them interested in engineering.

I ? Word Understanding
Gender-specific ? limited to either male or female
Urged – to ask people to do something seriously

II ? Have Your Say
1. The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our
children grow up today. (Margaret Mead)
2. Latest trend in parenting sees infants treated just like adults, No baby talk, no praise, no
pacifiers and no toys

188 Do children’s toys influence their career choices?

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