Differences In Toy Preferences
This has become a contentious issue as we seek to avoid one generation’s excesses and stereotypes being forced on the next.
Gender does make a difference and it is generally true that boys are more active than girls and girls are more nurturing than boys while toys also guide play. Boys and girls are alike in basic ways but from around two or three years of age they begin to differ in their choice of toys. Why? Children often choose toys to win approval from their playmates. They choose toys which are seen as acceptable. Many of the differences, however, are learned, especially from parents.
It is vital at that stage that we allow them to find their way through a world where “peer pressure” and culture are real – but we seek to moderate our own pressure to avoid restrictive types that help no-one.
Public discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, belief, disability, age and gender related aspects are largely outlawed as part of this process. However there are still clothes stores catering solely for men or women and outlets including toy shops geared to young people.