Ever since time began, small boys have played with toy weapons; whether they were toy clubs, bows and arrows, swords, guns or ray guns.
I myself used to have a fine collection of bows and arrows, swords, a machine gun, a rifle and various cap guns.
These days, Nanny's chums in nursery schools etc try to feminise boys by forbidding such "nasty" little games as "war" and "cops and robbers" etc.
Now Nanny herself has stepped in, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families has said that staff should resist a "natural instinct" to stop such play.
It says role playing helps create the right conditions for boys' learning, and could help them become more engaged in education in the future.
The guidance (entitled Confident, Capable and Creative: Supporting Boys' Achievements) says "practitioners" often find boys' chosen type of play "more difficult to understand and value than that of girls".
Boys regularly use "images and ideas gleaned from the media" as starting points in play, the advice says, which "may involve characters with special powers or weapons".
Needless to say, the dinosaurs in the teaching unions are behind the times as ever.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teachers' union, said:
"I think this is a clear example
of gender stereotyping.
I do not think schools should be encouraging
boys to play with toy weapons."
When will the teachers' union ever learn?