My youngest dd is 10, she still loves her Barbies and Littlest Pet Shops. She has a dollhouse that she makes furniture for - she is always cutting and taping cardboard to create pieces to add to her sets - she made an entire mini kitchen out of cardboard and fabric. This girl is crafty and really good at it. She has an amazing imagination and is always creating something or playing in her room with her toys when she's not out playing with her friends. She's not big into tv or video games, she loves reading, but would rather be off in imagination land - which I really don't mind at all, she's thinking, crafting, creating and being productive in that sense. She's always challenging herself to make something better.
Her floor is always covered in bits from her creations, bits of cardboard, plastic bags of craft foam, cardboard, felt, bins of crayons, markers, tape, etc. Her barbies are there too because she uses them to measure the size of what she's making, so are her LPS's and her Ponies, other doll house furniture, etc. Her floor is not usually tidy. Her bookshelves are full of books and more bins of little toys. Her room is a little girl's room that is PLAYED in, hardcore.
Now, at 10 yrs old, all of her friends in school claim they do not play with toys anymore. They are all involved with their techie stuff, Ipods, video games, tv shows & movies. The friends she plays with on our street are all younger than her so she is able to play toys with them without getting teased, they love that she has lots of toys to play with.
DD has been working on keeping it from her friends that she still plays with toys. She had JUST finished convincing her friends that she didn't play with toys, that the toys she played with were the other little(younger by 3-5 yrs) girls' on the street that she was always playing with. The other girls had her back on this, they didn't want her to be embarrassed either.
However, yesterday some boys from her class came into our house while dh & I were not home from work yet. Ds let the one in to use the bathroom but two more barged in as well and made their way through the house looking at everyone's rooms. DD was not in the house when this happened, she was outside playing with her friend. Two of these are boys in my dd's class.
Ds told the boys to get out, they were not listening (they are brat kids that I would not invite in my house even if I was home!). They trucked through pretty much my whole house. They saw lots of stuff that was not for them to see (MY bedroom! Dirty laundry, etc.). They invaded our privacy.
At any rate, their comments about dd's room were "This room is TRASHY!", "Look at all the TOYS!!"
Ds told dd that's what they said.
Her world crumbled. Crashed, was done existing. She was devastated. She started crying.
HARD. She was hysterical. Mortified. Outted for being a 10 yr old kid that played with TOYS!!!
She was done, she didn't want to go to school ever again. Yes, she's wrong for lying and hiding that she's still a kid who plays with toys, but you know kids are jerks these days and I know she's dealt with bullying in the past, she had just gotten on the "Cool Kid" list at school and now her dirty little secret of toys is out in a BIG way. These boys had PROOF.
I managed to find two of the three boys this involved last night and I lost it on them about privacy - going in people's houses when they were not invited or when adults were not home - not going upstairs in someone's house to snoop through bedrooms - lost it on them! I do not think they will rat out my dd today at school, but she couldn't sleep last night, just mortified that they would.
How old were your kids when they stopped playing with toys? Is technology taking over that much that 10 yr olds don't play with toys anymore? If your kids don't play with toys do they comment about friends that do? Do they make fun of them? Are they cool with it?