Black Friday/Cyber Monday Career Purchases For Kids

Yes, there really are some great items for kids from books to dolls to games to puzzles and apparel.
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November 27, 2020
I’m always on the lookout for fun ways to introduce Career Conversations at an early age in all environments. This year, there seems to be even more options than usual and they aren’t all just for the young – they are also for the young at heart.
While looking for resources to add to my website, I was so encouraged to come across numerous books for all sorts of ages highlighting both males and females diverse in culture and ethnicity in all sorts of jobs. Future Baby is an adorable board book series that “takes a playful peek into an assortment of powerful careers and shows little ones how their current skills match up with the job at hand” Lori Alexander, author says on her website. Appropriate for babies and toddlers up to the age of four, the series includes Future Astronaut, Engineer, Doctor and President. There is an I Can Read! Level 1 Series for approximate ages of 3 to 6 called I Want To Be A…and includes: Doctor, Veterinarian, Police Officer, Teacher, and Pilot. Career Day by Anne and Lizzie Rockwell is appropriate for ages 4-8 and tells about students bringing in their parents to share what they do for work. It presents a wide variety of jobs including construction workers, nurses, truck drivers, and writers to name a few. The “What Is A” series by Barbara Lehn and Carol Krauss, covers Scientist, Artist, Athlete and Teacher and is appropriate for ages 6-10. It has simple text and full-color photographs depicting children engaged in various activities that make up each of the jobs.
Oprah’s 2020 Favourite Things list alerted me to The Fresh Dolls (www.thefreshdolls.com) with this introduction: “Move over, Barbie! Multicultural male and female dolls with more realistic body shapes, skin tones, and hair textures have finally arrived.” This line includes essential worker clothes of surgeon, doctor and nurse.
When it comes to games, there is the classic The Game Of Life simulates a person’s travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way. Then there is Ms Monopoly, the breakout Monopoly board game introduces a new character to the Monopoly family, and is a celebration of women entrepreneurs and inventors. Instead of buying properties, players buy some of the things that wouldn’t exist without the innovative women who invented them. There are a few other twists as well: women get a higher payout at the start of the game and more money when passing Go, players can build business headquarters to collect even more rent Zoom ahead with ride shares, and purchase utilities – such as solar heating – invented by women. Cashflow is an educational board game built upon the lessons of Rich Dad, Poor Dad book by Robert Kiyosaki. The game teaches investing strategies, thoughts, mindsets and secrets of money creation. Game players get to try out college majors and financial tracts and how to turn ordinary earned income into positive passive income.
D.C. parents Matthew and Marnel Goins developed aspirational puzzles aimed to inspire children of colour to see themselves as everything from chemists to astronauts. They have expanded from puzzles to include apparel, pillows and throw blankets. Check them out at www.puzzlehuddle.com.
Enjoy your shopping. Consider looking for some of these items at your local, independently owned stores and, of course, stay safe.

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