Juliana has always been a girly girl. She prefers princesses and dress-up to cars and blocks. When we bought trucks for her at age two, they became princess vehicles. She would fill the front loader with princesses, tip them into the dump truck and then push them around the room (we called this game dump truck princess). So we continued to buy the toys that she played with most and amassed a sizable collection of “girl” toys.
Now that we have two wild boys in the house we have lots of traditional toys for boys…so many cars and trucks. They also love playing with Juliana’s toys. They love Princesses and have started to learn all of their names. They are partial to the classics – Cinderella and Aurora are their favorites. They walk around in princess shoes and it is only a matter of time before one of them asks to wear a princess dress.
Wyatt has always loved stuffed animals, but Ruslan didn’t care for them as much. Recently they have both started to play with dolls – Ruslan loves Cutie Pie and carries her around the house giving her lots of hugs and kisses.
We have a vast assortment of princess and pink purses. The boys use them to hide toys from each other and to carry items from one room to another. Or they simply collect as many purses as possible and carry them around the house.
I’m sure there are some people that don’t think boys should be playing with dolls and princesses. If it makes you feel better their favorite activity right now is wrestling, as in jumping off the side of the couch on each other or running across the room to tackle the other one. I enjoy seeing the softer side when they smile at a baby doll, the chance of injury is so much lower and it is generally quiet. Yes, injury free and quiet…