Jump to navigation. Recently, my six-year-old son has taken an interest in learning to cook. For years, he played happily with his toy kitchen, concocting elaborate and dire sounding dishes broccoli and pineapple soup, anyone? Now he wants to cook like Daddy. Watching the little guy carefully chopping potatoes and carrots makes me inordinately proud, and makes his mother very nervous.
Toy companies create some toys especially for boys and other toys specifically for girls. Today, we recognize many toys as gender specific, and these toys teach children appropriate gender roles and occupations. Antique toys served the same purpose. Manufacturers marketed toy stoves, which first appeared in the s, to young girls. These miniature stoves, which had all of the capabilities of an adult stove, blatantly intended to instill in girls a duty of cooking and homemaking.