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to think it is completely normal to play with toys at 6 years old?

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pinkpaperpiggy Wed 31-Oct-12 09:56:45

My older dd is 6. She has a great imagination and plays the most elaborate games with her sister and all their toys.

But lots of the mothers of the kids in her class seem to think 6 is too old for toys. They are getting IPods and laptops/tablets for Chistmas and are surprised when I tell them what dd wants.

My SIL was here at the weekend with her 5 year old and was shocked at the amount of toys my dds have on the go. Her dd was playing quite happily with mine but she said she has given her toys away as all she wants is art and crafts stuff now.

Mrsjay Wed 31-Oct-12 09:57:56

OF course it isn't too old for toys some people think kids need mobiles ipads and want them to be older than they are,

MyLastDuchess Wed 31-Oct-12 09:59:34

How bizarre. It sounds totally normal to me.

Not sure why so many people are in such a hurry for their kids to grow up. It starts at birth for some of them!

Themumsnot Wed 31-Oct-12 09:59:49

My 10 year old is getting lego for Christmas as she has for the past three years. She loves it.

RightUpMyRue Wed 31-Oct-12 10:00:01

YA sooo NBU.

6?!! They're still little kids at 6.

DD will be 10.5 at Christmas. She still wants Barbies and Sylvanians.

Jeez, you only get a few years being a kid but decades of being an adult, let them stay little as long as you can.

DameEnidsOrange Wed 31-Oct-12 10:00:16


ladythatlunches Wed 31-Oct-12 10:02:19

My 6yr dd doesnt like to play with toys as such anymore!!

We sorted all her stuff out and her room is bare!

She likes to play on her karaoke machine, loves drawing and anything art and crafts , when weather is nice she is out playing on bike and scooter with other kids and because we have a lovely community the kids are in each others houses so she is always entertained!!

Every child is different, my 9 year son has loads of figures he plays with still.

If your dd is happy let her play and ignore silly comments!

I'd be in a lot of trouble with my 6 year old if I started getting rid of toys tempting though it is on the clutter front. Or my 8 year old for that matter.

lovebunny Wed 31-Oct-12 10:03:03

perfectly normal to play with toys at six. and sixteen. and sixty. and at other times. what is wrong with people that they can't let others get on with a happy activity that harms no-one?

LunaticFringe Wed 31-Oct-12 10:03:07

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ditavonteesed Wed 31-Oct-12 10:04:36

actually my 9yo has only just recently strated getting toys and she now plays with stuff more than she did when she was little, playmobile and lego are timeless hits in this house.

OxfordBags Wed 31-Oct-12 10:04:51

It's ABNORMAL for kids of that age to only be wanting gadgets and gizmos. Stops them using their imagination and developing all sorts of important types of intelligence (empathy, for example).

I think the thing is, their parents are probably glued to their smartphones and iPads, etc., and see them as fun things which they share with their kids in lieu of perhaps otherwise getting down with them and playing more, so the kids see them as desirable and as major sources of fun. I find it heartbreaking that parents think SIX is too young for toys! Even hundreds of hears ago, when kids would be working down mines and so on at 6, they'd still have a dolly or a hoop to play with at home!

flyoverthegoldenhill Wed 31-Oct-12 10:07:00

your never too old for toys

FlaminNoraImPregnantPanda Wed 31-Oct-12 10:07:37

My daughter is 19 and at university. She still sometimes 'sorts out' her Barbies when she comes home. grin

FlobbadobbaBOO Wed 31-Oct-12 10:08:02

6?? God, DS s 12 and still has toys! Him & his mates go up tohis room and frequently get his hotwheels cars out! Granted it's usually the xbox or playing darts but still.. DD is 7 and into Barbies ang littlest pet shop, crafts and her DS lite. A good mix I think.

StarsGhostTail Wed 31-Oct-12 10:08:20

DD2 had a lap top when she was 6 or 7, she also had playmobile when she was 11. She bosses about virtual SIM people on her lap top and bosses little plastic people about all over the rest of the house.

DD1 had far fewer toys and loads of art stuff and a big climbing frame, because she was never into that kind of imaginative play. Not hugly good at people real or pretend.

I'd have thought six was the best age for toys, because they can build proper Lego, get the roofs and seats on and off playmobile vehicles and build proper brio tracks without Mum.

Hexenbiest Wed 31-Oct-12 10:14:00

I've had similar comments since my first 4 year old started school.

Lots of DC got in her class got electronic gadgets for Christmas and Birthdays.

I had some call me a luddite when DD1 told then what they got. Pointed out both DH and I worked in IT and had spent years writing code and playing with gadgets and things as a matter of course bt took view our DC didn't need their own yet there was shock.

kim147 Wed 31-Oct-12 10:17:31

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SoggySummer Wed 31-Oct-12 10:19:54

My 11yo is still asking for more Sylvanians for Xmas this year. I think its bloody brilliant she is not yet obsessed with mobile phones and techy shit.

They are only kids for such a short while and I intend to cherish it.

shinybaubles Wed 31-Oct-12 10:20:12

My ds is 6 and still plays very happily with his toys, and I hop he will for many more years, he uses our ipad occasionally - but that's about the extent of gadgets, isn't that what the teenage years are for.

McHappyPants2012 Wed 31-Oct-12 10:21:22

yanbu, my 6 year old still plays with toys

BattlingFanjos Wed 31-Oct-12 10:21:35

I'm 24 and got sooooo excited when my mum sent all my old toys and teddies down for my son! We played for hours! One of the most amazing things my mum ever did for me (and my brother and sister) was keep us innocent children, there is nothing more lovely than watching (and playing lots! Lol) my 5 year old play imaginative games with all his toys. I'll follow his lead and if/when he does stop playing with his toys I'll be happy to move him up to "the next level" as it were. If he's anything like me though, it'll never happen! Lol. So no, I think YANBU, sod em!

aldiwhore Wed 31-Oct-12 10:22:42

I think it's very sad when people think it's weird to play with toys pre-puberty. I was FOURTEEN and in between being a normal teenager played with my toys!! (I didn't shout about it though)

Anniegetyourgun Wed 31-Oct-12 10:25:44

Nothing wrong with arts, crafts and electronic gadgets, but alongside toys, not instead of them, surely? It's not as if most children don't have the time or brain capacity for more than one leisure activity.

KellyElly Wed 31-Oct-12 10:26:57

Strange mothers. Of course six isn't too old for toys! Never heard anything so silly!

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