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  • Happy Birthday, Mighty Girl! 60 Girl-Empowering Birthday Gifts

    Our top picks of affordable gifts for the birthday Mighty Girls in your life!

    mighty-girl-birthday-presents-webIf you're raising a Mighty Girl, you might want to share the fun by seeking out girl-empowering gifts for her friends' birthdays! The range of gifts marketed to girls is often extremely limited and highly gendered — so a little variety can encourage the birthday girl to explore new interests that she might not have considered before receiving the gift.

    With that in mind, we've pulled together a selection of our favorite girl-empowering birthday gifts that are all under $25 so they fit within birthday-gift budgets. With a wide variety of toys, ranging from science to pretend play to games, there's something here to appeal to every child! And, if your Mighty Girl has a birthday coming up, you can also share this blog post or direct them to our extensive toy collection to encourage friends and family to think a little outside of the toys traditionally marketed to girls when gift shopping.

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  • On The Move All Year Round: 40 Toys and Games for Indoor Active Play

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of indoor toys and games to keep Mighty Girls active even when it's cold outside!

    indoor-play-blog-webWhen it's cold outside, kids are often stuck inside for much of the day — but that doesn't mean they can't stay active! It only takes a few fun toys and games to get kids moving and keep bodies healthy and brains busy. If you're a parent or educator looking for ways to burn off kids' extra energy indoors, we've highlighted our favorite indoor active play toys and games in this blog post. From ride-ons to balance boards to relay games, the featured toys will get hearts pumping and kids laughing! It's the perfect way to keep kids of all ages active until they can get outside again! Continue reading

  • Fantastic Adventures and Amazing Tales: Encouraging Creative Writing and Storytelling

    A Mighty Girl's recommendations for books, toys, and activities to inspire a lifelong love of writing and storytelling in kids of all ages.

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    If there’s one thing anyone who spends time around young kids knows, it’s that they are born storytellers! Children’s vivid imaginations and lack of preconceptions make for wild, fascinating, unexpected stories, and during their toddler and preschool years, we encourage them to explore and elaborate on their inventions. And most kids are thrilled when they start learning to write — finally, they have the opportunity to make their vision permanent, and share their ideas whenever they please.

    But as kids move through elementary school and beyond, it’s all too easy for them to lose their love of writing and storytelling. The scrutiny of teachers and peers can make kids doubt their ability to create a “good” story, and too often writing becomes a chore, rather than a pleasure.

    Fortunately, that’s not the way things have to end! It is possible to kids to keep their love of telling a good story, and develop it into a lifelong passion — and for some, even a career. This blog post provides a selection of books, toys, and activities for all ages that will get your child’s creative writing juices flowing. And who knows? You might find your own fingers itching for paper and pen… Continue reading

  • Add It Up! Top 30 Math Toys for Mighty Girls

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of math toys and games for curious Mighty Girls from toddlers to teens.

    building-toys-blog-websiteMath is all around us! From making a purchase to doubling a recipe to estimating how much longer a trip will take, we use math every day. Yet for many people there's a pervasive myth that you're either "good at math" or "bad at math" — that it's a talent you're born with, not a skill you can grow and develop with practice. And this misperception often has a significant effect on girls, who are prone to believing that their math ability is innate and that girls are less gifted at math than boys.

    Fortunately, the parents and educators of Mighty Girls know that girls can — and do! — excel at math, and that it's a skill that can improve with practice. To help your own Mighty Girl excel, there's no better way than by providing her with toys and games that build math skills while bringing the play back into numbers. With that in mind, in this blog post, we've showcased 30 of our favorite math-themed toys and games! Whether the Mighty Girl in your life is a toddler or a teen, there's something here to get everyone 'adding it up'! Continue reading

  • The Force Awakens In Her: Rey-Themed Books, Toys, Clothing, and Decor

    A Mighty Girl's top picks of books, toys, clothing, and room decor featuring Rey from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

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    For decades, many girls have loved the exciting stories of the Star Wars universe. But whether they were fans of the original rebel princess, Princess Leia, or eagerly followed the adventures of other Star Wars characters, like Padme Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, or Sabine Wren, it's often been challenging to find merchandise that celebrated the characters that they loved.

    With the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and the revelation that the film's star, Rey, was female — excitement began to build. But despite Rey's prominence in the film, fans were dismayed to discover that products featuring her were few and far between. This led to a hashtag campaign, #WheresRey, dedicated to seeking better representation of female characters — in particular Rey — in Star Wars merchandise. Fortunately, albeit slowly, companies are starting to respond to the demand: Hasbro has already announced a new version of the Star Wars Monopoly game — one which will include a Rey figure — and other products featuring Rey are also starting to appear.

    To help the many Rey fans in our community discover these new products, we're showcasing our favorite books, toys, clothing, and decor featuring Rey in a new blog post. Now, fans of this courageous and determined Mighty Girl character can read stories, play with toys, dress up, and decorate the walls — all with products featuring Rey. And, just as the huge success of the film clearly showed that films starring women can be blockbusters, by buying Rey-themed books, toys, and clothing, we send a message to manufacturers that there is a demand for such products featuring female characters. After all, both girls and boys love Rey! Continue reading

  • Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Mighty Girls

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    If you're still on the lookout for the perfect gift for a Mighty Girl in your life, we've pulled together many of our favorite toys from our holiday gift series -- all of which are still available in time for Christmas! Like our annual Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide, the toys featured in this post reflect the diverse range of girls' interests, including science toys, arts & crafts, building toys, dolls, active play toys, and games. We've also included recommendations for both children and teens and organized the selection from youngest to oldest to make it simple to find toys at just the right age. Regardless of what ends up under your tree this year, A Mighty Girl wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Please note that all the toys featured in this post were verified to be available for delivery via Amazon Prime in time for Christmas as of 12/21. Prime shipping allows for 2-day shipping the US and Canada and 1-day shipping in the UK. Relevant links for ordering via Amazon Prime are included below each toy description. Toy availability does change continually so we recommend verifying delivery dates before ordering.

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide and our 2015 Gift Guide Blog Series. Continue reading

  • The Beautiful Game: A Mighty Girl Celebrates Soccer

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    51m5j8mmyjl_1_[1]It’s played by 250 million people in over 200 countries, and in many nations, it’s the most prominent women’s team sport. Women’s soccer games have been recorded since the late 19th century, and today, 177 nations have national women’s soccer teams. Best of all, the future looks bright for women’s soccer: girls’ soccer leagues continue to thrive, with gender representation among youth soccer players almost exactly 50-50. With such an incredible love of the Beautiful Game out there, it’s no wonder that many Mighty Girls have been eagerly awaiting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup!

    To celebrate this event — and the love of girls and women everywhere for the sport — we’ve collected some of our favorite books, toys, posters, and clothes celebrating the great game of soccer. We hope that these resources will have your Mighty Girl dreaming of her favorite game long after the World Cup is won.

    In addition to our recommendations below, there's also a guidebook to everything going on during the 2015 Women's World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015: The Official Book. Continue reading

  • Celebrating a Love of Reading: Gifts for Mighty Girl Book Lovers

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    charlottes-web-adultWith all of the amazing girl-empowering books out there it might seem like book lovers are easy to buy gifts for, but what if you want to get them something other than more titles for their library? Fortunately, there’s a whole world of gift options to help your Mighty Girl -- or the adult book lovers in your life -- celebrate their love of books, literature, and reading.

    You could find the perfect literary-themed T-shirt or a beautiful book-themed poster. Maybe she’s crazy for a particular book character or she just loves to play with words and stories. This blog will provide you with some inspiration for almost any reader, whether she’s still enjoying story time on Mom or Dad’s knee or she’s sharing her childhood favorites with a new generation of Mighty Girls.

    For more books, toys, and other resources to encourage your Mighty Girl's interest in storytelling and creative writing, check out our blog post on Fantastic Adventures and Amazing Tales: Encouraging Creative Writing and Storytelling.

    To learn about more of our favorite toys of all varieties for Mighty Girls, check out our Girl Empowerment Toy Blog Series or visit our 2014 Holiday Guide. Continue reading

  • Inspiring Invention: 25 Engineering, Technology, & Math Toys for Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    makey-makeyFor kids who love to find out how things work: from electricity to computers to alternative energy sources, their curiosity knows no bounds. While it can seem challenging to work engineering, technology, or math into play, the truth is that there are lots of great toys available that give kids the chance to learn about engineering and technology -- all while having a great time!

    Whether you have a budding engineer on your holiday list or you just want your Mighty Girl to feel comfortable with technology, the 25 engineering, technology, and math toys featured here will no doubt encourage her interest in learning more! It’s the perfect way to encourage kids to explore these subjects in fun, creative ways.

    For our top picks of basic building toys, including more options for young children, check out our previous blog post, Putting It All Together: Top 20 Building Toys for Mighty Girls.

    For more toys for young engineers and scientists, check out the STEM section of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide or A Mighty Girl's entire selection of Science / Math Toys.

    To learn about more of our favorite toys of all varieties for Mighty Girls, check out our Girl Empowerment Toy Blog Series or visit our 2014 Holiday Guide. Continue reading

  • Science At Play: Top 20 Science Toys for Mighty Girls

    By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist

    Mighty Girl tempEvery child is a born scientist! How does my body work? Why is the sky blue? What are stars made out of? What we think of as mere curiosity is, in fact, a child’s first foray into the amazing world of science. It’s not until we make science into something serious, something that’s work, that interest starts to dim.

    Fortunately, that means that adults can choose to turn science into play and help kids sustain that curious mindset for their whole lives! In this blog, we’re highlighting some of our favorite science toys and kits for kids from toddlers to teens. From the wonders of the night sky to what happens inside our own bodies, these toys will encourage kids to explore the fascinating ways that the world around them works.

    In addition to the recommendations in this post, you can find more great science toys in the Science section of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide or, for a much broader selection, our site's STEM Toy collection.

    You can also inspire your children with the stories of real-life women scientists such as Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, Rachel Carson, Sally Ride, and Wangari Maathai -- or, for more options, visit our science and technology book collection. Continue reading

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