So what is gender-neutral play? Girls like dolls and boys like cars, or girls get cooking sets while boys get train tracks to play with is a common idea that adheres to gender stereotyping. Letting children choose their toys and books and ways to play with them without preconceptions is gender-neutral play. A boy could be gifted a cooking set, and play pretend at cooking a meal. A girl might love playing with planes and zooming about with them.