A new study has found that kids lean towards gender-specific toys very early in their life. Researchers at the City University said the findings were surprising.
The study involved 90 infants aged nine to 36 months. The researchers let the kids choose between what were boys' toys, such as a digger, a car, a ball and a blue teddy bear and girls' toys, such as a pink teddy bear, a doll and a cooking set.
The kids were placed at a distance of 1 meter from these toys. The researchers reported that a majority of them preferred toys that were specific to their gender.
"It was very obvious that even the youngest children went straight for gender-typed toys and colours. Boys went straight for the ball and the black car and girls went to the teddy bear and the doll," said researcher, Sara Amalie O'Toole Thommessen of City University.
The findings of the study were presented at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon.