Ok, we know the whole gender-related toys issue can be a hot topic. This issue of Wondertime does a nice job of diving into this question in a thoughtful, intelligent way.
Is it nature or nurture? One child behavior specialist, Dan Anderson, says most psychologists agree it's about 80% nurture and 20% nature, especially before age six.
But another study found that at just 14 months, children were consistently picking toys stereotypical to their gender when given a choice.
In the end the author leans toward nature, backed by the beliefs of the evolutionary psychology field. Whatever you decide, it's a thought-provoking article that will make you think the next time you see a little boy eyeing the garbage truck with wonder and awe.