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Just wondering how many of your 2-3+yr old dds play with boys and what their experiences are.<br><br>
Im noticing lots of differences in the way each sex plays, wondering how it works in your playgroup, playground, etc.......
 

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That's interesting you should mention this. I have recently been noticing the differences. My daughter has friends of each sex and their play habits are totally different. yesterday we went to the zoo with her friend Ethan. They ran around like crazy, chasing each other and pretending to be dinosaurs. They were roaring at each other and doign a lot of imaginary games. No toys needed(which was great for me by the way, i loved it!!!). When she gets together with her sitter's daughter, Emily, they play dolls and house and whatever. They get giggly and high-pitched and chatty. It's amazing the difference. My daughter DOES try to play imaginary games with Emily and Em shuts her down right away. She doesn't want to. It seems my daughter is the only one who does both, other kids don't seem to want to do both sorts of activities. My daughter plays with trucks and mud and bugs but she also loves her babies and her dollhouse. but I HAVE noticed the difference in playing styles!<br>
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My daughter (2.5) plays with both at her playgroups. They are always at playgrounds, and I don't notice a big difference in the type of play. The boys and the girls are equally engaged in imaginative play (they make and serve "ice cream" with the mulch, chase each other around the apparatus, make volcanoes in the sand...) She is still a bit shy about running off with the other kids (prefers me to be her playmate), but when she does join in, it seems to be equally with girl groups and boy groups. The only big difference I notice is that she likes to hold hands, and the girls are more willing to hold her hand than the boys....they usually refuse. Maybe hand holding isn't as encouraged among toddler boys?
 

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i see a big difference.<br><br>
when zoey plays with her girlfriends one on one its usually dollhouse play, barbies or babies. sometimes they'll swing on the swings or play in the sandbox. they chatter nicely together.<br><br>
when zoey plays with one of her boyfriends one on one theres alot more car crashes, dinosaure roaring, ball throwing, chasing and other more rowdy play<br><br>
at the playgroups when all the kids are together i see it less. there i see her play ball with the boys one minute adn then turn around and play dolls. sometimes the dolls go in the cars and there are car crashes. lol. or the baby becomes the ball and gets thrown into the hoop.
 

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I definatly notice a difference. When we're at playgroup Sequoia tends to hang out more with the boys. She's about 8 mo. to a year younger than most of the kids there so the boys can get a bit rowdy. She joins right in, running and playing dinosaurs. When there's toys involved, at someone's house or where ever, the girls usually argue over them. Sequoia ignores all this and amuses herself.<br>
It's to early to say she's a tomboy but I love watching her fearlessly jump in with the boys and play.
 

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Flip side of the coin, I have a 3.5 yo ds. He's very energetic and playful, but he definitetly plays 'better' with his female friends. They tone him down and revs them up a bit. He is very tender and sweet, will play with baby dolls and horses, holds hands, gives kisses... I think there's a lot less competition between different gender friends. He plays great with other boys, they just need a lot more interference from me.
 

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my 20mo plays with my 18yrold brother. does that count as playing with boys?? he acts like he's about 5 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/moon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="moon"><br><br><br>
other than my bro, dd doesnt really play with boys. we dont know any! tho if she seees one at the park she'll play.
 
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