Do you let your boys play with dolls?
Do you let your girls play with cars?
As a child, I had My Little Ponies and dolls but I also had Technic Lego. After my brother was born, my ponies and dolls played with his cars and garage and they all went on holiday to the big Lego beach!
Our children have always been exposed to both stereotypical girls and boys toys. I have to say that despite this they have, in the main, gravitated back towards the traditional stereotypes. We have a very girly girl who has loved Barbie and before Barbie it was princesses, and three boyish boys who love cars, trucks and superheros.
In observing their play over the years however, there has been some real common ground between them that has largely involved cooking, playing shops and drawing and crafts.
By far the most played with item by all the children is the play kitchen and plastic food. They have all loved this and now all four will happily play ‘Starbucks’ together.
In addition to this, they have also spent time appreciating and playing with each others toys.
The little boys have really enjoyed playing Barbies this last week and it is quite fascinating to watch. They have watched the Barbie movies with their big sister and can relate that to the toys, recognising some of the characters.
Although they do gravitate back to their cars and monster trucks, I really feel it is important to let them play with a range of toys.
Do you challenge gender stereotypes when it comes to the toys you give your children to play with?