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Driving age: 18. Drinking age: 21. Toy-Quitting age: (?)

Posted on: January 23, 2012

During the week, I was able to speak with 2 of my co-workers at Intel. Both dads are in their mid 30’s, had engineering degrees and backgrounds, and most importantly each had a daughter at the tail-end of our proposed age range.

Some key take-aways:

Daughter#1 (11 years old)

  1. Doesn’t play with toys anymore
  2. Quit playing at around 10
  3. Never really got into building set toys

Daughter # 2 (10.5 years old)

  1. Doesn’t play with toys anymore
  2. Transitioned into her Nintendo DS at around 9
  3. Never really played with a lot of dolls

Seems like there’s a certain age cut-off right around 10 years old

We’ll need to look into this more and research a couple studies that have already been conducted on the matter…

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1 Response to "Driving age: 18. Drinking age: 21. Toy-Quitting age: (?)"

Our daughters are 13 and 8 and both are still toy-players. The 13 year old has transitioned to being more of a maker/builder, however. She will make lego creations but will not necessarily animate them the way the 8 year old will. I think toy-playing has merit. I do not think the nature of the toy is all that important — Polly Pocket can be as good as Lego. I think the keys to keeping toy-playing going are (1) parents who play too and (2) no tv as it models a lot of non-toy-playing (kids on tv have complex social lives, not complex playmobil time)

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