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It turns out that scientific data supports what parents have known all along: When offered a range of toys, boys as young as nine months tend to choose toy cars and balls, while girls will opt for the dolls and teddy bears.

The researchers who presented their paper at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Stratford Upon Avon said their work suggests most children have an “intrinsic bias” towards gender-typical toys.

Researchers at City University in the United Kingdom put a ball, toy car, teddy bear and doll a few feet away from 90 children and watched which toys they played with and for how long. Boys overwhelmingly preferred the ball and car, while girls chose the doll and teddy bear.

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