Living Arrows {27/52}

July 6, 2015


Living Arrows 27


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.

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  • Tina

    Lyla loves cars too. Little tiny matchbox ones and then big barbie cars too. When I was little I loved cars way more than dolls so I’m happy she inherited that. And I’m glad your boys took on what your husband loved when he was little too!

    July 6, 2015 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama

    It’s SO strange isn’t it?? It is absolutely inherent. I don’t promote the vehicle thing either but both the boys LOVE cars, tractors, lorries and best of all DIGGERS. I love hearing their little sing-song voices — all excited — when they spot a JCB!! SO sweet!! 🙂

    Caro |

    July 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm Reply
  • Emma T

    Gorgeous photo – such concentration.

    We’re typically boys toys here too (with the occasional teddy pushed in a pushchair), although N’s never been that excited by cars. He prefers tractors (unsurprisingly), but yep definitely wheels are the big draw. #livingarrows

    July 6, 2015 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    That is one awesome bus. B would love it. Gorgeous capture this week. #livingarrows

    July 7, 2015 at 12:39 am Reply
  • SArah Christie

    Hayley our two have been exactly the same since they were tiny, just car mar, they were everywhere. In fact Joe still spends hours playing with cars and play mobile x

    July 7, 2015 at 7:37 am Reply
  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog

    We are the same with our three, they love to play with anything and everything regardless of the gender types. we encourage them all, P however is extremely into anything thats to do with real cars, henry hoovers or footballs – he’s actually really amazing at football too at only 17 months! lovely photo, love the vintage toy bus x

    July 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Gorgeous photo lovely and I love the retro car. x

    July 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Carie

    Aww that’s so lovely! My girls aren’t desperately interested in cars, but there is a little green tractor that gets carried around a lot and a police car that always seems to end up in my handbag! We’re still waiting to see what Pip goes for, that will be the true test of nature vs nurture!

    July 8, 2015 at 6:38 am Reply
  • Notmyyearoff

    Z is a complete car lover too but loves all things Frozen too. Mainly Olaf but I think he has a big soft spot for Anna and sometimes Elsa 🙂

    July 9, 2015 at 4:40 am Reply
  • Kerri-Ann

    I love that they have their preference. Lil G has always loved super heroes. Like you we’ve introduced gender neutral toys and for a little while he embraced them. I think it’s the nursery influence with G. Gorgeous picture. I love the concentration x

    July 11, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply
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