"Whether you believe that gender-based play is biologically or socially constructed, there’s no denying some toys appeal to boys more than girls," says the Good Toy Guide's Dr Amanda Gummer.
"Does it matter? We’d argue not really. As long as both girls and boys get an opportunity to develop key skills through play, it doesn’t matter what toys they use.
"Boys tend to lag behind girls in social development, especially at the pre-school stage. Boys learn social skills in very different ways to girls, who tend to use traditional role play and communication to develop skills such as empathy, compromise, negotiation, sharing, cooperation, etc."
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