Book Review: Play & Learn PaperDoll Friends by Cath Hakanson are anatomically correct paperdolls that can help parents to talk to kids about bodies ad gender.
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Play & Learn PaperDoll Friends by Cath Hakanson are anatomically correct paperdolls that are prefect for starting shame-free conversations with kids about bodies.
These paperdolls were created to help parents with starting conversations with their kids whilst their hands are busy with cutting, colouring and playing. Feedback from parents has been that busy hands help to make conversations feel more natural and easier to start.
These dolls are culturally diverse, with dolls that look masculine or feminine or gender-neutral. Each individual doll is available with either a penis, vulva or no genitals (meaning it is inclusive for intersex kids who can then draw their own genitals onto the doll).
All costumes fit each doll, so your child can dress a boy doll (or a doll with a penis) in a dress (perfect for chatting about gender stereotypes). Which means you can then chat about the correct anatomical names of their private parts, the difference between male and female bodies, intersex, being transgender, gender diversity, body safety and more. You’ll also find costumes that include a wheelchair and walking aids.
And in case you feel stuck and are unsure about what to talk about or how to start the conversation, you’ll find a guide at the back with ideas and tips.
You can learn more on this page, about how to talk to kids about sex education.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Play & Learn PaperDoll Friends by Cath Hakanson is ideal for children over the age of 3.
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