There are so many things that cause families to be overwhelmed with stuff for their kids. In our society, new Children Toys are easy to come by-birthday parties, holidays, and even good behavior often require gifts from the toy store.
Children's Toy Suppliers say, "We often buy things to show someone we love them, and it feels like the more you have, the more you're loved. It's a social problem." There's also the fact that parents are busy, while at the same time kids spend more time indoors and less time outside keeping up with their friends in the neighborhood. The desire for our children to have more than we did growing up also fuels the endless cycle of new toys.
However, a house full of toys is not good for any of our children. In fact, more and more parents and experts have come to believe that we would be better off with fewer.
There is evidence to support this less-is-more approach. In a recent study of 36 young children aged 18 to 30 months at the University of Toledo in Ohio, researchers invited the children into a playroom lab on two occasions. On the first visit, the room was equipped with only four toys. On the second visit, the room contained 16 items. Although the children were physically exposed to more toys during their visit to the second, more complete playroom, the first one was more engaging. There, they spent twice as much time playing with each item and played with it in more ways.
According to the study, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, fewer toys proved to require more creativity and exploration on their part, and had greater benefits for cognitive development.
More toys, more problems
When there are too many toys, it's not just the kids who suffer - it can be a hassle for parents to manage it all, too." I would spend time organizing and reorganizing toys, trying to figure out the best way to get the kids to play with them. But as soon as you cleaned them out, they took them all out again. The stress of having shelves and boxes full of toys, and the burden of where to store them, where to donate them and how to find the time to do it, is another reason to reduce your personal inventory.
Choosing the right toys
So, does all this mean you should stop buying toys for your kids altogether? Not necessarily. But you should be more thoughtful. We recommend choosing simple "open-ended" toys - dolls, Painting Toys or cars - that require creativity and imagination on the part of the children.
When you get a toy that does everything for you, you quickly lose interest because there is no room for you in this kind of play. Having access to toys that require children to make decisions is important for their development and building resilience.
Don't get caught up in your child's initial excitement about anything that has to be pried out of its shiny plastic packaging, and don't be afraid to say no to the latest craze and avoid the irritating toys that are now available at eye level in almost every store. Being able to say no to your child is a very important skill, and it helps your child understand limits.
How to reduce
To help reduce the influx of toys, it's recommended that gift-givers be asked to consider experiences - trips to the children's theater or even inexpensive park trips - as birthday and holiday gifts. When it comes to birthday parties, invitations now politely ask not to purchase new toys, and guests can choose to contribute to a group gift for their child by making a donation to a charity website.
With less stuff crammed into the house, everyone is happier and believes their lives are actually more meaningful with fewer toys.