Everyday Us: Arlo & Things with Wheels

Despite having access to all sorts of toys, cuddly ones, dolls, stacking things, Duplo, Little People imagination toys and loads more Arlo is always drawn to anything with wheels. I know people say cars are not just for boys (and I agree, obviously) but there really does seem to be some inherent draw to toy cars and trains for my little boy. We’ve always had cars and wooden trains around since before he arrived for Athena to play with, and she does love them too but nowhere near as much as Arlo does. At as early as 12 months he was pointing and shouting at toys cars when we were at car boot sales, and often left clutching fist-fulls of them. At playgroups he would always gravitate towards the trains, cars and ride-ons. And do you know what? I’m fine with it. I’m not going to force him to play with ‘girl toys’ and I don’t need to anyway, as he’s often found playing with the toy hoover (or our real one!) or bustling around with a baby and a blanket, besides I’d rather he played with what he wanted to and and what made him happy!

I love how he interacts with cars, zooming them around, chucking them in a little plastic beach bucket and lining them up in a circle around the living room. I always have a toy car or two in my coat pocket and there are lots hidden in the seat pocket in our car too for emergency distractions!

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We have battery powered ones, push/pull ones and ones on strings to drag about, and Sam is really looking forward to sharing his proper remote controlled cars with Arlo when he’s a bit older at the local RC track. I am NOT looking forward to this as the bits and bobs he has take up a lot of space and when he takes them apart to tinker with them it’s even worse, but what can you do? In the mean time Sam has been loving playing with this kid friendly remote control car  and attempting to teach Arlo how to use it… Athena and I have had to take refuge on the sofa with our knees tucked up under us for fear of getting bruised ankles!

 

Do you have a boy who loves cars despite you not doing anything to encourage it? If you do, does it bother you?

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Arlo was sent the remote control car as a gift, we were under no obligation to feature it but we have because he loves it!

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9 Comments

  1. 20th January 2017 / 7:47 am

    Gosh. It’s like you’re talking about T. He’s obsessed with anything to do with trains. He loves all sorts of vehicles, but place a train on a nearby table or shelf and he spots it a mile off.

  2. 20th January 2017 / 11:21 pm

    My son has always had a thing for trains, whilst he does now love Hot Wheels too. I’m sure that there must be something inside them that draws them to the moving parts or something.

  3. 22nd January 2017 / 8:10 am

    I am actually the opposite, I have my littlest lady who whilst she loves teddies and stickers and everything but she adores cars and tractors and anything with wheels too. I have never gender stereotyped with toys so she can play with what she likes but it is actually quite cool for us because we have two little ladies so having some difference is nice xx

  4. 22nd January 2017 / 8:59 am

    My Pip is just the same too – he’s got two big sisters who liked trains but he’s the first to really adore them, and we’ve had them for all three because our Brio is my husband’s hand me down!

  5. 22nd January 2017 / 10:23 am

    This is adorable, he looks totally focussed on the task at hand! Our girly loves playing with lego, kinetix, remote controlled cars and a lot of boyish things, but she also loves a good barbie #TheOrdinaryMoments

  6. 22nd January 2017 / 6:14 pm

    I think Arlo and Troy would be so awesome together now. We may have to come to your house for a play date! x

  7. 22nd January 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I love simple toys like cars and push along trains etc, they really encourage real, simple play x

  8. 23rd January 2017 / 11:36 am

    My son Blake is exactly the same and lives cars and trains he hardly plays with anything else atm.

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