I need more gender-neutral toys!

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I need more gender-neutral toys!
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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:29pm

Not that I want to deprive my daughter (she's 5) of all the fun stuff she really wants, but I'm also trying to keep in mind the fact that my son (he's 1) will inherit some of these toys. It seems like if I try to buy my daughter a car, it's pink and covered in bling. I mean, that's what she wants right now, but I wonder if that's just because I haven't presented her with other options. Time to start opening her mind a little, you know?

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:42pm
legos, tinker toys, puzzles, musical instruments...my son loved playing with his sister's play kitchen and she liked his trains...
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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 2:23pm

Musical instruments, that's a great one. Funny story about Tinkertoys. I went to get some for my daughter, and they actually have "for girls" and "for boys" now. Still shaking my head over that one! Legos are still neutral, but they do make girl sets and boy sets.

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 5:23pm
little people stuff is good, Lincoln logs
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Fri, 09-23-2011 - 2:30pm
Why not let children play with all "gendered" toys? Studies show that it is good for children not to put them in a box as far as the toys they play with.
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Mon, 10-03-2011 - 2:00pm

hello!! what about a play kitchen?? my dd had one and her lil boy cousins LOVED to play with it too. maybe an electronic game like v smile or leap pad. then you can get them different "books" to go in there. my dd had this blues clues radio thing that you could sing along with and my nephews loved that thing too. theres board games, pokemon, tools, books and spongebob thats not gender specific. my oldest has been a tomboy too-so she loves to play with nerf guns, play superheros and despises anything pink. lol i would still get your dd a few girlie things too and get your son boy things...but theres a few ideas where the lines cross. take care!!
JOANNE

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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 4:16pm
Thanks Joanne! I saw a really cute Ikea play kitchen recently, actually. Now I just need to figure out where to put it in my toy-crammed apartment. ;)

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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 11:19pm
We've historically bought building toys (Lego, Lincoln Logs, architectural blocks, Tinkertoys), Hot Wheel track sets (I have a boy and a girl, but they like to build and compete), sports toys (a whole party tub of balls of every size and type in the garage, sticks and rackets, things with wheels), fishing rods, we have a kitchen, cookware, play food and small table and chairs (in gender-neutral colors), easel, and I just banned Play-Doh from the house. HTH
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Thu, 10-06-2011 - 11:51am
Thank you! My friends without kids never understand my pure hatred for all things Play-Doh. That stuff is a menace to society.

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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 5:48pm
LOL I have the Play-Doh hidden in a closet and I cringe when someone does mention it. I'm hoping by now it has dried out. Evil stuff.

I have all boys so no help on the gender neutral. We are getting youngest a play kitchen but we mostly have boy stuff.
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