When I opened my online children’s toy shop nearly 3 years ago now, I was determined not to categorize my toys into gender specific toys. After all, brothers and sisters play with each other’s toys all the time and enjoy them and most of the toys I stock, I think most boys and girls would love to play with. However, having said this there are certain genres of toys that most boys will be drawn towards. In this blog, I’ve broken this down into 5 types of boys toys.
One of my good friends has 3 older girls and a toddler boy. Her house was full of pink toys. She’s a ‘no nonsense’ kind of person, who wouldn’t just buy more toys because they are the wrong colour and wouldn’t have a problem with her son playing with pink coloured toys. However, even before he turned one, she was amazed at how all he wanted to play with were balls. It didn’t matter what size or colour. He just loved sending it away and getting it back. I don’t stock many balls on my website but I do have this really lovely baby ball which is soft, colourful and has a rattle in it.
I’ve heard it said that little girls learn to speak quicker while little boys make noises better. My nephew can make fantastic ‘vrmm’ and ‘Rrrrroar’ noises. He doesn’t even notice that he’s doing it as he’s playing with his toys. Boys and girls both love dinosaurs. If you are looking for Dinosaur themed toys, check out this blog post.
I’ve no problem getting down on my knees and moving cars around on play road rugs/mats. I particularly love wooden vehicles like the Melissa and Doug Stacking Cars for toddlers. These make great gifts for younger boys and girls. What I love about cars, is that they don’t have to be huge or expensive. Little boys and girls will be happy to move a K’s Kids car up and down a table in a coffee shop. They generally don’t need more than one (although I have discovered that my nephew loves nothing more than a good imaginary car crash) and they are easy to carry in your handbag or baby bag. Of course, it is possible to spend a lot more on bigger vehicles for a birthday present or a Christmas present. I have a whole section on my website for cars, trains, and planes so if you are searching for one of these boys toys, you can narrow your search down on this page. If the child is car mad, they will also love this City Floor Puzzle from Janod.
Tools and Mechanics.
Whether you are looking for a tool set for a one-year-old or an eight-year-old, I have a good selection for all abilities. They look like the real thing and often work just like the real thing. As your boy gets older, I’ve mechanical kits that help you make your own robots, diggers and much more. My First Hammer Tap Tap is great for younger boys and girls while this Tool Box is great for older children.
I’ve only recently started adding to this genre of toys. I hadn’t realised how popular farmyard toys are for both boys and girls. I guess little people just like acting like the grown ups around them and Ireland is still quite an agricultural country. While girls seem to choose more horse style farmyard toys, boys seem to prefer tractors and animals. I hope to add to my range of farmyard toys over the coming years.
6. Jigsaw Puzzles
7. Superhero Activities
I don’t stock much superhero toys but these ‘Create your own Superhero Comic Books‘ are very popular for both boys and girls aged 7+.
I hope you haven’t found this blog too general and that if you are looking to buy a gift for a boy or girl in your life, that it has helped spark some ideas as to what toy to buy them. If you are looking for a more age specific toy, you might enjoy these blogs – ‘Toys for 9 year old boys‘ or ‘Gift ideas for 5 year old girls‘