In recent years, more and more people have become open to the idea that boys can play with dolls, and girls can also have fun with more rugged toys like trucks and plastic shovels. While in the past there was a gender divide when it came to the types of toys, the continued insistence of consumers, parents in particular, to remove this has led to many companies to make products a little differently.
Toys are now being made in a way that kids can see gender identity within each, no matter the type of toy. A boy can now play with a boy doll that he can better identify with, while girls can collect toy soldiers that are not all depicted as men.
While it has yet to be truly defined what impact toys have on children as they grow up, the change in the approach of defining toys allows for children to get a better sense of themselves earlier in their lives. If parents are a little reluctant in crossing the divide that was more prominent with toys in the past, experts suggest simply diversifying the toys their children have so that there is also a healthy number of toys that are more traditional for their genders.