I like to think that we are all a little more enlightened now and our children are free to play with whichever toys they choose. I know if any of my boys asked for something that was deemed a girls toy I would be happy for them to have it. However, it doesn’t seem to matter how much effort I make to have a range of gender neutral toys for my children; all three of them, all three boys, just love cars. As parents we are there, ready to accept whatever they play with but you know what? Some boys just love cars!
I must admit we do have a lot of them as Lucas has always loved them and my husband occasionally goes and retrieves his old cars from his parent’s loft, much to the joy of everyone. As much as I thought Lucas liked cars, the twins take it to a whole new level of fascination. All day I hear ‘car’, ‘tractor’, or siren sounds and they never seem to be without one in their hands.
They play with them from the moment they wake to the moment they fall asleep, usually clutching a tractor of some sort in their fist. Most of our toys are out in storage boxes in the living room so they can just help themselves to what they want to play with and every single day the cars come out, usually the same ones (this Malta Bus is a favourite!) They are scattered all over the house, all over the garden and ran over every available surface, people included. The twins make the noises and run their fingers over the wheels, they crash them and swap them and keep precious ones hidden away. It is no longer enough to name the type of vehicle and me and my husband now have to name all the parts for them, wheel, light, wiper…it goes on and on.
They are inexplicably drawn to any kind of vehicle, all day, every day, we play with cars.