Often my mama friends and I marvel how despite our best efforts at gender neutral parenting, the girls tend toward more “girly” stuff, and the boys love their machinery.
Of course, this is by no means a hard and fast rule, and one side will certainly indulge the other’s interest when playing together, but even the way boys and girls engage with same toys is often markedly different.
For example, Z’s bff, a darling girl 6 mo his senior will usually use her babies and stroller for nurturing tasks, and maybe a bit of running around. Z on the other hand drives that stroller like a race car, often tossing the babies out in the process. He might pick them up and give them a pat as well, but taking care is not his primary objective.
It’s not lost on me that some of this may be due to how we amplify their inherent interests. For example, Z has been pretty keyed in to construction vehicles for as long as he has been voicing his interests. In turn, we have a tendency to point them out whenever we see them (in the unlikely event that he hasn’t spotted them first) and while we do have books of all sorts and topics, we get excited about things that align with his interests.
So, whether by some mystical gender genetics or by our own accidental gender bias, whenever Z gets to choose his own video topic, “truck tunes” (his generic reference for any video in the truck genre) is his go-to.
There are a LOT of truly terrible truck videos out there, but we’ve come across a group of pretty good ones too. First, my favorite is the namesake of this genre for us – Truck Tunes:
Another genre with thousands of options, lots of bad and some good, are videos of remote control trucks in whole worlds of adventure. There’s a weird fixation on wrecks and disasters in there, but we’ve found a few great makers. One is the Hillfarm32 Collection. There are a variety of lengths and action types all around a farm setting.
This one is a good primer for the channel – there’s hauling, bulldozing, and brick moving, all in a perfect 7 minute length!
23 minutes is a bit long for my taste on videos like this, so we tend to watch it in sections. Cool for it’s industrial setting, and lots of interaction between the vehicles.
Sometimes you find a random one-off video like this one – a moment captured by a dad for his construction obsessed kiddos.
The scale of this is insane to me. Z was honestly less impressed, but I think we’ll revisit it for sure. There’s something wonder inducing here, always a favorite quality of mine.
Finally, the cartoons. Oh how I try to avoid them… there are just so many terrible ones with no artistry and even less purpose. We came across these one day, and for some reason I don’t hate them as much as the rest:
Certainly not high quality animation, but I like the concise 10 minute length, lack of annoying cartoon voices, and usually they have a simply demonstrated objective that includes team work and a little social responsibility. And Z loves them.