The Allure of the Toy Car

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

I have always been intrigued by the apparent allure of toy cars.

It could be the tyke out and about with 3 dinky cars in each fist (my brother, once upon a time), the toddler intensely focused on the jeep he’s driving over the arm of a chair, or the kid doing endless laps of the main floor pushing a dump truck, butt in the air and all. Or, as with my son, the impressive impromptu parking lot that is the staircase (a great setup when you’re carrying a baby downstairs). Serious stuff.

Blocks, I get. Legos, Play-doh, all that stuff, I get. Sign me up for some son-and-Mom time with that. But the fascination and endless entertainment that comes from slithering along the floor pushing a dinky car? Help me out, here.

Now, I am 100% about gender-neutral toys. That said, I don’t think I’m taking too big a leap to suggest this seems to be very much a boy thing. It wasn’t a “me” thing, anyway. So I asked my husband to enlighten me.

Me: You were a boy once. So what’s the big deal with cars? What’s so fun about them?

Hubs: Well, you can do pretty much anything with them.

Me: Such aaaas…?

Hubs: Well, you can role-play with them. Like you would with Barbies.

(Now, I was never a Barbie aficionado either, but at least I get Barbies)

Me: But Barbies represent living beings. You can at least make them have conversations or go on dates or hunt sasquatches or something.

Hubs: Yeah, well, with cars, you’re being the driver. You can race, or have chases…

Me: And then after the first two minutes…?


I’m sure there’s a whole world of possibilities in the imagination of a young boy when it comes to his cars, and I’m pretty impressed watching it in action. My own imagination is somewhat limited, though.



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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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