Boys playing with girl toys? Careful now…

When multi-million dollar corporations start sending me free stuff to review my boys can have some boy toys. But for now the poor things will have to do with big sisters hand-me-downs. Yes, I’m officially going to risk turning my boys into transsexual perverts by allowing them to play with girl toys. In the name of science and mom blogging I will allow identical twins to review and pick their favourite girl toy, which I can only presume will be the most blue, macho looking toy because that’s what boys like, apparently. But don’t worry, as a precaution against instant limp-wristedness they are wearing their football themed outfits from the boy section of Target…

First up: My Little Pony Equestria Girls v Barbieboys playing with girl toys

Stage 1: Overview. George ponders whether he wants to play with Equestria Girl… “well she is blue, so I suppose its OK. But is it wrong that I kind of like her shoes?” Arthur, well he’s in total shock… “This is definitely a girl toy Mom, its wearing a pink glitter skirt, are you sure it’s safe?”

Stage 2: The shake test. Pretty standard testing for any new toy – shake it to see what moves and wobbles, and check if it makes any cool noises.

Stage 3: Close inspection. Poke the eyes, scrunch the clothes and stroke the hair in as manly a way as possible. Can I pull anything off? is it edible? So far so good.


Stage 4: The boy test. George proves he’s-the-man by getting Equestria Girl to do the splits and looking up her skirt. Arthur looks on in horror, he didn’t know girl stuff could do that! He needs Equestria Girl immediately to redeem his sense of masculinity – George, sorry buddy.

Winner: Equestria Girl… probably because she’s blue and a bit slutty.

Next: American Girl Doll v Corolle Doll


“Mom… er… you gave me the pink one again. And George’s is bigger, and us boys know size matters… this is SO unfair. I think I need to wash my hands, this girl stuff is starting to rub off.”


I could see where this was headed so I thought I’d intervene and give Arthur one of American Girl’s slippers, afterall, even boys wear slippers. It turns out slippers taste pretty good so George wanted a piece of slipper action too. I tried swapping the dolls over – you know, to make it a fair test, but by then it was all about the edibles.

Winner: American Girl Slippers… because even men where slippers.

Last but not least:  Elsa from Frozen v Calico Critters


George is stumped “Mom, this one is definitely a girl’s toy and Arthur looks like he has something dressed in a men’s blazer.” Arthur is very pleased indeed for he has scored a male Calico Critter, it’s so macho it’s practically a Ninja Turtle.

Shake test… check. George looking up Elsa’s skirt… standard. Then Arthur decides he’s escaping with Mr Critter while he can. George is definitely going to want to steal it afterall.

Winner: Calico Critter… because its wearing a grandpa blazer.

But hang on, what’s happening here? George couldn’t care less he’s stuck with Elsa and her disappointingly long skirt…


Turns out George is man enough to play with the snow princess… screw you Grandpa Ninja Critter.

I do have a point to make here.

I don’t stop my daughter playing with Barbie and Elsa, she loves all things girly, pink and purple – especially if they have glitter and unicorns that fart rainbows – and that’s OK. She also loves Paw Patrol, Skylanders and weird Manga cartoons on Netflix. She was disappointed when Party City put Paw Patrol in the boys isle. She was disappointed when Ronald McDonald put skylanders in the boy happy meal. I’ve talked to her about it many times and she’s coming round, but I can tell shopping in the boy isle still feels a little ‘dirty’ in the same way she refused to borrow a friends T-Shirt because “its a boy t-shirt.” To be six and feel tainted by wearing a boy t-shirt to splash about in the yard is sad; and I only hope I can help her to become free-thinking and independent in the future.

But why is Lego City in the boy isle in Walmart? When I was young (yes I did actually just say that) all the lego was ‘Lego City’ and it was unisex in a non-intentional kind of a way. Why when you drive through McDonalds (not that I ever do that…ahem), do they ask you if your happy meal is for a girl or a boy? Why don’t they just ask if you want SpongeBob or Monster High? Or better still just give everyone SpongeBob? It boils my blood everytime! Grrr…

As for the boys… now they’ve spent the afternoon playing with girl toys I don’t hold out much hope for them. It’s high school musical and guy-liner from here on in.


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Katherine Betts

Architect and Science Teacher in a previous life, Katherine Betts is now a SAHM of three kids and family lifestyle blogger. She created her twin parenting blog, TwinPickle, to help parents of multiples with the unique challenges they face. Since it's conception, TwinPickle has grown to include a larger virtual community of twin parents through social media.

Blog Comments

Love!!! Yes!!!

Well said lovely!!! Brilliant and so true!!!

Really well said! It is crazy how gendered children’s toys are getting. I really love the way you wrote this! You have a really great tone πŸ™‚

This gave me quite the chuckle! Lots and lots actually! Your boys are adorable! Great use of photos with each review. Perfectly adorable!

Aren’t those the cutest? I like how you made a very valid and pertinent point about gender stereotypes and toys while at the same time, drawing us all in with bundles of cuteness.

I loved the point you are making. Last year, Target did move away from calling girls and boys separately in many sections of all stores. I work at Target and I hear you πŸ™‚

Boys toys, girls toys. Nothing really matters these days.

Hahahaha… So much fun.

oh wow, this was brilliant and so funny! I loved the sarcasm in the first paragraph πŸ™‚

Laugh out loud funny with a fabulous message! I loved the side by side toy tests. I have a girl (oldest) and a boy who are both grown now, and it all seems to have sorted itself out just fine even though they were surrounded by both “boy” and “girl” toys.

I’m so glad the cross-contamination didn’t cause any long term damage πŸ˜‰

ahaha that’s it you’ve let them play with girls toys their fate is now decided. Its all a bit rubbish really isn’t it girls and boys toys, I have one of each very close in age and its every toddler for themselves in our house. They always want what the other has and gender specification is very much out the window! My point being, like you, if the boy wants a barbie and the girl a monster truck – so be it! Fab post, thank you for sharing it at #Familyfun, hope you can come back next week xx

Wonderful! And so right on. My grandson loves pink fuzzy uggh like slippers way more than the boy Minion standards. He also loves guns and cowboy boots. Who cares? Right?

I couldn’t agree more, this is perfect!! #familyfun

Your boys are adorable. Laugh out loud at the splits and looking up the dress! I think I’ll be getting annoyed at the genderisation of stuff when my little man gets older too. Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

Your boys are adorable. Laugh out loud at the splits and looking up the dress! I think I’ll be getting annoyed at the genderisation of stuff when my little man gets older too. Thanks for linking up to #familyfun.

I love this, well done you. I had someone in the supermarket last week ask if my daughter (14 months old) was a girl or a boy. I look perplexed and said she’s a girl (hair clips is usually a give away at this age) and he said “oh well she’s wearing blue trousers, they’re boys trousers.” I didn’t quite know what to say…am I a bad mother for putting my baby in blue leggings?! HA I gave him a “look” and walked off in horror. A xx

Haha! Couldn’t have said it any better myself πŸ™‚
Who cares if it’s pink, blue or polka dot! If the kiddies enjoy playing with it, then that’s all that matters.
How cute are your little guys?! x

Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Hope you can make it tomorrow too πŸ™‚

Ha ha ha love it! My daughter can play with a doll or play with a dirt bike… shorts or dress i wont love her any less!
Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

Absolutely! πŸ™‚

My little guy is similarly afflicted with a big sis and handmedowns. He has yet to complain πŸ˜‰ It’s all rubbish isn’t it. Too (two?) cute! #chucklemums

Hahaha… two cute. I’m glad the girl toys haven’t inflicted any permanent damage in your house yet either ?

This is so epic! I lol’d out loud haha. If the kids are having fun, what does it matter? Great message and the cutest pictures too!

Haha! So glad you enjoyed it, you’ve got to have a bit of fun when delivering a message I say!

I haven’t ordered a happy meal from McDonalds in 30-something yearsβ€”they actually ask if it’s for a boy or a girl? I find that repulsive.
We got my son a tiny pink couch to sit on as it was the least obnoxious design; my brother, who had offered to buy the couch for us, said, “Hey, that’s fine, but you’ll be paying the therapy bills.”

Hahaha. Yes, pink couches are definitely dangerous ? I would keep long trousers on him at all times to avoid any prolonged skin contact. ?

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