A sample of boys and girls playing together will reveal to you how much kids adapt faster to reality.A girl child would most of the time prefer to play alongside its baby doll and have dedicated time petting it ,feeding it,clothing it,washing it and drying it up.This is as a reflection of what the mother would do to a baby.The baby is in touch with reality and has already learnt the cycle of what a mother goes through to nurture a baby.These might also include inviting her friends over for phoney tea parties with participants all dolled up with make up and cologne carrying with them hand purses with the intention of discussing how better they would raise their doll kids.
A boy child in the same scenario would assume the role of a Chinese Samurai with a plastic sword tied within around the waist of his trousers marching to and fro waiting for a giant alien to hang loose by the kitchen wall so he could slice it;to make it seem even more authentic,he would call upon his friend to act as an active alien who would repeat the process of dying and reincarnating from the sword stabs.The game never has quite a good ending.
The differences seem to linger even in the selection of toys.A girl child would move on to select a barbie doll that she would even buy for a set of hair accessories,shoes,colognes that they would share as the feeling she has for the doll is maternal.She becomes emotionally attached to the extent she would wish for a talking doll.She even knits new clothes for it and dresses it.What the child doesn’t know is that she is progressively embracing a mother figure she would soon become.This explains the soft touch and the emotional break downs among ladies.when a part of a doll breaks,she would cry in pain as if its own child has been broken.
A boy child would walk into a toy store with a green lantern action figure at the back of his mind.He decides to choose yet another superman action figure and God knows the level of activity to be gauged that evening in the house.He assumes both the roles of his characters and puts them into a series of never ending matches.With progressive play,an intentional disfiguring of the action figures takes place to represent a move he had seen on DC comic TV series.No emotional attachment,if anything,he requests for another action figure as a replacement for the maimed ones.
A girl chooses a doll,and if it comes to a liking of two,she takes them for the company of each other,she would like the two dolls to watch over each other when she is away for school.The world of reality is more conscious to the girl child than to the boy child.The boy child fails to come into terms with the limits of their powers.They still think they can fly like superman,they still think they can control the television set with the blink of their eyes like a creep they saw on x-men.They believe in mutation.Their constant touch to their world of fantasies in which the possibility of omnipotence still exists.