I just had this realisation! Girl hates dolls with a passion but when she was in FC she always pushed a doll around in a little pushchair, I never really got why she wouldn’t play with them here and I did buy her new ones when she was really young but now I am thinking (and I could be totally wrong here) that they spark something in her subconscious mind. It has got to a point that recently she asked for all of the dolls to be removed from her room, she did not want to look at them.
I just had a think through what she bought back with her from her FC. Two dolls, a pushchair, a doll’s cot, a washing machine and cooker that belonged to the FC’s kids when they were little, a vacuum cleaner (beginning to sound like the FC’s life in miniature), 2 shape sorters, an alphabet bus and a wiggly ball thing. I don’t think they really had much more than that for her to play with. I do remember her playing with a tea set but she didn’t bring that. Interesting that most of the toys revolved around cleaning and childcare (FC was OCD herself).
In a way Girl has always struggled to play with toys, I guess probably from the lack of stimulation in those first couple of years and preferred to dress up and pretend to be somebody else but baby toys we bought her over the years are suddenly interesting and it doesn’t seem a competitive thing because she will watch Boy play and when he is finished she will pick up the toy and play with it herself for ages, sometimes coming back to it the next day. Of course I could be doing 2+2=5 and over-thinking it but I am glad at least that Boy seems to be teaching her to play.