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5yr old boys- do they all paly with power rangers and other violent type toys?

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oops Wed 06-Aug-08 21:30:57

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tiredemma Wed 06-Aug-08 21:33:34

No- My ds2 likes to play with HSM dolls and tweenies, balamory dolls.

(he told me that he wanted to be a hairdresser when he grows up) He is not like other boys.

BlueDragonfly Wed 06-Aug-08 21:35:27

ds1 never used to - he would play with a doll and a buggy instead and quietly wth trains. He is into Ben 10 now and has become very cross so everything is about bashing

Trafficcone Wed 06-Aug-08 21:37:50

You're being a teeny bit precious. I have 2 sons, 1 was like yours, 1 is a stereotypical 'boy' who can't play without it involving some kind of smashing, bashing, fighting etc. The games are actually very elaborate and exlore good vs evil and involve daring rescues and stuff. Actually he is far more sensitive than his brother who doens't like rowdy games but is actually incredibly self centered.
Neither boy has ever hit or kicked another child or been physically violent with anyone else.

fortyplus Wed 06-Aug-08 21:38:40

My 2 were never 'boyish' in that way. They're 13 and 14 now and started playing rugby a couple of years ago. So despite the fact that they've never been into rough and tumble 'fighting' role-play games, they ruck, maul tackle etc on the rugby pitch with the best of them!

They display no violence or aggression off the field (except occasionally to each other!)

I really wouldn't worry smile

Gobbledigook Wed 06-Aug-08 21:42:11

I think all boys are different really.

My ds1 has never been into fighting play (he's 7 now) but ds2, who is 5, loves Star Wars adn so loves acting out pretending he's got a light saber! He is also much harder to get off the playstation - ds1 only needs asking once, or indeed, he just gets fed up and goes outside. Ds2 would play on it all day if I let him.

FWIW, my brothers LOVED fighting games and all that stuff when they were little and they are perfectly gentle, loving adults now!

SoMuchToBits Wed 06-Aug-08 21:47:33

My ds (aged 7) has never wanted to play with Power Rangers or violent stuff. However, he is really into other "boy" stuff, e.g. trains, fire engines, and constructon stuff. He also loves cricket,although not interested in football. But he is very much his own person - he doesn't really feel he has to "fit in" even if most of the other kids are into Power Rangers etc.

So I don't think all boys are into that stuff, but it just depends on their personality.

GrinningGorilla Wed 06-Aug-08 21:50:21

My 2 boys have not been into power ranges. They love meccano, bob the builder, trains and construction type games. And anything with dinosaurs.

DoubleBluff Wed 06-Aug-08 21:51:42

DS2 is 5 loves play mobil and cars.
Doesn't watc power rangers but does like Ben 10.

fortyplus Wed 06-Aug-08 21:54:26

My brother (and all his friends) had 'sheath knives' - hunting knives in a leather 'scabbard' - from when they were about seven. My bro also had an air rifle at the same age (when I was 10) and we used to mercilessly murder his collection of plastic toy soldiers that we'd hidden around the garden - blasting them with the air rifle to whoops of delight if we managed to shoot off an arm or leg! shock

We're both a couple of old softies without any violent tendencies grin

PeaMcLean Wed 06-Aug-08 21:57:28

Some boys just need to be much more physical than others. I thank my lucky stars that DS is one of the others. He's happy to talk about fighting and stuff, and play fighting with his dad, but he's genuinely not violent with his friends or his toys.

Be glad.

Gobbledigook Wed 06-Aug-08 21:58:17

My ds1, not really into the fighting games, would play football 24-7 given the chance. He's more sporty.

oops Wed 06-Aug-08 22:00:40

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PeaMcLean Wed 06-Aug-08 22:03:07

I find a lot of the other boys hard going. DS is happy to play with his lego and read books. I'm more worried he might be "a geek" shock wink

oops Wed 06-Aug-08 22:19:06

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LadyG Thu 07-Aug-08 19:42:36

Mine is almost 3 and loves playing Power Rangers -never seen it but other boys at nursery do and therefore wants to join in. Not my fave thing but there was an article in a magazine (OK it was Junior) about how superhero play is important for children as they are just beginning to realise that bad as well as good things happen in the world and it stops them feeling powerless or something. He also loves lego, books dinosaurs animals Fireman Sam etcetc
i don't think it's inevitable but I don't think it's anything to worry about either.

MilaMae Thu 07-Aug-08 20:23:30

I read that article and was a bit worried as neither of my twin(4 nearly5)boys are into that at all. They have a 3 year old sister and play make believe(discos,going on holiday,pet dogshmm,bus journeyshmmhmm etc)a lot.I can see how the super hero type of play would be good, was an interesting article.

1 loves computers and his cd player(not into toys at all)the other loves his trains, Playmobil and pirate ship. They all love books.

We don't get Sky so they haven't seen any of those shows,just ceebeebiesblush Are they all on Sky or are some on Freeview?Was thinking I ought to let them see a few to see if they like them and so they know what it's all about when they start school this Sep.

If they don't I shall go along with the it takes all types

LadyG Fri 08-Aug-08 16:37:28

Mlla PR is on Jetix and is a load of rubbish apparently but really wouldn't worry about them watching it -as far as I can see they pick up all the 'moves' from watching each other anyway

Bink Fri 08-Aug-08 17:01:51

I think 5ish is the worst age for it, actually - because you're not quite old enough to have developed the more sophisticated options (like being really good at football - or a whizz on the computer - or curling up with a lovely book - or, ahem, making elaborate Hama bead representations of methane atoms) - so your options are basically (a) dressing-up OR (b) what my mum & dad used to call (re my brothers who are twins) "Fighting About".

Overmydeadbody Fri 08-Aug-08 17:06:54

Oops I have a very calm 5 year old DS who isn't really into fighting. He does like making guns out of things and has a few toy swords, but spends more time planning elaborate 'battles' with armies and baddies than actually physically fighting or running around punching and going wild. He is also a bit of a geek I guess, lots of time on the computer and setting up marble runs, dominoes, train sets and playing with toy vehicles on the floor.

He has lots of friends and seems to fit in socially at school and be quite popular.

Mercy Fri 08-Aug-08 17:10:42

Dh and his friends have been into superheroes since they were 3 or 4. One of them is the only male in the family and loves the chance to play these sorts of games - just as he is happy to play more sedate games with his sisters.

Agree with Trafficone that this way of playing is just as complex as any 'girl' type games. It's all role play.

Mercy Fri 08-Aug-08 17:11:42

Sorry, I meant ds not dh!

(I think)

misselizabethbennett Fri 08-Aug-08 17:15:13

My DS is just 6, and is quite 'boyish' in that he likes rough and tumble/battles, but has never played with power rangers, etc. TBH I think it's because he's not very into role play type games - he likes the idea of these toys but hasn't a clue what to do with them when he gets them. He likes a toy you can do, or a puzzle to solve.

noonki Fri 08-Aug-08 17:17:23

At 5 my DSS didn't really have any guns etc but would turn everything into a battle

'pea I am going to come and kill you'

'oh no don't fishfinger leave me arrgghhhh'

he now is absolutely lovely... a geek - loud and proud (Star trek/chess) but so funny and happy,

I don't go along with that they should watch what all their peers are, if you don't think it is good for them don't let em watch it...

unfortuantley if they are going to be bullied the bullies will just find something else sad

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