When I queried this, he expanded on his argument.
All boys would be provided with a Meccano set, an aeroplane modelling kit and a bike, delivered in parts for assembly by them.
Well, that might keep the boys busy, especially if their interests lay in those areas, but what about the girls?
Girls? Oh well, they could be given dolls.
Yes, he is still cowering behind the sofa, hands over his head...