Toys That No Boy Would Be Caught Dead Playing With (Toys For Girls)

A lot of toys meant for boys wind up having loads of success with girls. Name any superhero off the top of your head, and that superhero has a huge girl fanbase. Even the Ninja Turtles, a bunch of lazy, ugly, pizza-chomping, sewer dwelling street fighters had a lot of girl fans back in their heyday. All it takes is a strong female character like April O’Neil or Storm, of the X-Men, and boom, there you go, instant crossover appeal.
It’s a little tougher with boys. Sailor Moon has plenty of cool male characters like Tuxedo Mask, but just try telling a boy that. Most boys won’t touch anything pink, anything frilly, and if it’s purple, it had better be a dark purple.
So let the following list serve as two things+
If you’re shopping for girls: Some recommendations
If you’re shopping for boys: A sign reading +AVOID! This means YOU!+ in big, pink letters.
ANYTHING PINK OR WEARING A DRESS
Take for example the HASBRO Littlest Pet Shop Tricks and Talent Show Playset. Everyone likes dogs doing tricks right? Well, technically, yeah, but this playset is packed with pink, and all the dogs in the Littlest Pet Shop line have adorable sparkling eyes and big floppy heads. Boys like their dogs wearing bowler caps and smoking cigars and flanked by hyperactive chihuahua sidekicks. The Littlest Pet Shop is a great line of toys for girls, but give it to a boy, and he’s probably going to hide it where his friends won’t see it when they come over.
As for dresses, Dora has had some crossover appeal. Any kid, boy or girl, can get behind fun adventures and a monkey sidekick named Boots, and the producers have responded with the more boy-centric show Go, Diego, Go!, so Dora toys aren’t totally out of the running for boys. However, you may want to stay far, far away from toys like the Dora Stylish Scents Lemon Drop. The name alone sounds too girly for most boys to get behind, even if she comes with her very own brush so you can keep her stylish hair looking neat and sweet!
STUFFED ANIMALS
It’s a fine line with stuffed animals. It’s not always easy to tell which ones are more for boys and which ones are more for girls. One thing you might notice, though, is that girls tend to be a little more precious about their stuffed animals. A boy might take his sock monkey with him everywhere he goes, but he’ll probably leave him in the car rather than drag him through the grocery store. Girls are much more likely to be interested in something like the Paws Puppy Backpack, then. Guess you could say that the rule of thumb is that there’s an invisible +cuteness border+. Big sparkly eyes, huge floppy ears, and centimetre thick fur are great for stuffed animals for girls, while boys tend to be put off by anything too adorable.
As always, it really does come down to the individual kid who you’re shopping for. If you know that your son loves the Littlest Pet Shop line, go ahead and indulge him. The invisible lines of gender and age are only really a way to narrow down the selection when you’re not entirely sure what to get your nephew or niece, a kid you babysit, etcetera. If you’re a parent, it’s usually kind of hard not to know exactly what your kids want.

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