In a worrying development for toy manufacturers, it seems that after years of trying and failing to attract a female audience the video games market has finally cracked the girls market, according to a new survey. Seven-year-old girls love their Nintendo DS more than any of their other possessions, according to a "favourite things" survey carried out by Gogoblin.
With apparently little interest shown in gaming from ages 4 to 6 - when boys are discovering hand held gaming devices - at age seven the Nintendo DS suddenly bursts onto the scene as their favourite toy - preferred by 26 of the girls asked in the survey.
From the age of seven, hand-held consoles take the top spot and go more or less unchallenged until they hit the teenage years. According to the results, by 13 girls value music and friends above everything, and their favourite things become iPods (22 per cent), mobile phones (17 per cent) and computers (13 per cent).
Boy's fave things at the age of seven are split between electronics, construction games and toys, and sports.
By the time they become teenagers, boys are into their games consoles in a major way, 40 per cent of boys love their PS2, Xbox or their Nintendo Wii best of all.
Gogoblin is a site that lets children create lists of the specific toys and games they want for any special occasion, giving parents and friends some much needed guidance.