Recently, I noticed that Phoebie likes to play with cars. When we visit friends who have boys at home, she goes first to all the toy cars.
When we were shopping at Metro just now, she walked past the Barbie Dolls display, took one look and walked away. She then walked past the cars display.
One important lesson we have learnt with Phoebie is not to gender-type when it comes to toys for kids. Girls don’t necessarily like dolls, and boys don’t necessarily like robots (one of my SAHM friend’s little boy loves kitchen sets).
When we walk into a toy store with our kids, it’s interesting when we let them walk around on their own and let them choose what they like. Phoebie likes to look at cars, Lego sets, stuffed toys, musical instruments and kitchen sets. The things she like are not all “girly”, and not all “boyish” either. She likes to explore and try different things, based on her interests.
I’m not worried about her liking things that are “boyish” because she also likes to dress up, get her hair tied and tell me she is a princess. Her curiousity for different genres of toys will probably develop her skills differently too.