It is difficult limiting the number of toys our kids possess. Even if we, as parents, are conservative in our purchasing, toys come from other places and people: from parties and grandparents, and those toys that come with kids’ meals. However, our kids benefit in many ways from having fewer toys. The next time you clean your kid’s room, remember the following and purge some of those toys. Children who do not have a great number of toys must find creative ways to play. Imagination and invention follow when toys are limited, as do a whole range of favourable benefits.
Longer Attention Spans
If a child has fewer toys to play with, they need to keep playing with the same toy for a longer period of time. Too many toys and your child’s attention span begins to suffer.
When children have fewer toys to play with, they need to become resourceful, finding multiple uses for the toys they have. A toy truck may serve as a transfer vehicle for other toys, as a vehicle driven by an action figure, or an escape method from imaginary villains
Learn Perseverance, Patience, and Determination
When your child has too many toys, if one proves difficult to use or figure out, they can give up and move on to another one. However, they will have to stick with their efforts if they have fewer toys, thus developing determination, patience, and perseverance.
Fewer Toys Help Kids Establish Social Skills
• Children with fewer toys will learn interpersonal relationships with other kids. Communication is necessary when toys are shared.
• Children will become less selfish when they have fewer toys and must share.
• Children are territorial. Every time they receive a new toy, there is an opportunity for it to become
“theirs.” This possessive attitude breeds arguments. With fewer toys, kids are forced to share and play together.
Fewer Toys Develop Responsible Behaviour
When children have too many toys, when one breaks, there is another to replace it. Fewer toys means there is a need to take care of what they have. Also, fewer toys mean a cleaner, neater playing area. Organisation is very important for children to learn, and fewer toys makes the stowing and storing easier for your kids.
Fewer Toys Broaden Learning Experiences
Children with fewer toys are more likely to play outside. Outdoor play provides healthy exercise and gives children an opportunity to experience nature.
If children do not have a great deal of toys, they are more likely to spend times reading and doing crafts. It is important that your children develop of love for reading, writing, and art in order to do well academically. Using playtime for these activities provide a foundation for effective learning.
We want to do what is best for our children. When it comes to toys, this means making sure they do not have an over-abundance. The many advantages to having fewer toys make this decision a wise one.