Editor’s Pick: Play Time

Go! Go! Sports Girls encourage kids to get moving.

When Chaska author and active-living advocate Kara Thom signed on to write the books that accompany Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls, she had no idea that the gig would eventually lead to an invitation from The White House. In April, Thom and Go! Go! Sports Girls creator Jodi Bondi Norgaard were invited to join a day-long conference exploring gender stereotypes and toys, co-sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls.

The conference confirmed what Thom already knew on a gut level as a mom: Toys shape a child’s growth and development—and they can even shape the way children perceive themselves. It also helped her see her work with Go! Go! Sports Girls in a new light. “It’s bigger than giving confidence to a girl; it can shape her future,” Thom says.

The dolls, which have recently been redesigned and are recommended for girls ages 3-12, represent different sports. Thom has written companion books that teach about sports and social-emotional growth through sports.

Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls are available locally at Tazzie Baby & Child in Victoria, as well as retailers throughout the country. Visit the website here for details.