Date:  July 15, 2016

Source:  City University

Summary:  Children as young as nine months old prefer to play with toys specific to their own gender, according to a new study. The research suggests the possibility that boys and girls follow different developmental trajectories with respect to selection of gender-typed toys and that there is both a biological and a developmental-environmental components to the sex differences seen in object preferences.

The research therefore suggests the possibility that boys and girls follow different developmental trajectories with respect to selection of gender-typed toys and that there is both a biological and a developmental-environmental components to the sex differences seen in object preferences.

“Biological differences give boys an aptitude for mental rotation and more interest and ability in spatial processing, while girls are more interested in looking at faces and better at fine motor skills and manipulating objects.

“Our results show that there are significant sex differences across all three age groups, with the finding that children in the youngest group, who were aged between 9-17…being particularly interesting; the ball was a favourite choice for the youngest boys and the youngest girls favoured the cooking pot.”

Source: Infants prefer toys typed to their gender, says study — ScienceDaily