Too many toys

Is there such a thing as too many toys?

Why you should clear out the noise of too many toys

Did you know? The average British child owns 238 toys but only plays with 12 favourite toys on a daily basis. That’s a measly 5%!

You’ve bought your little one a toy you think they’ll love. You wrap it, and place it under the Christmas tree. The big day arrives, the excitement is palpable… and she ends up more interested in the box it came in! Parents, maybe our wise young ones are telling us something.

A recent study by researchers at the University of Toledo in Ohio has shown that children who have too many toys are more easily distracted and don’t enjoy quality playtime.

They invited 36 toddlers to play in a room for half an hour; some toddlers were given four toys to play with, while others had 16. The researchers found that the children who had fewer toys to play with:

  • were far more creative,
  • played with each toy for twice as long,
  • thought up more uses for each toy, and
  • lengthened and expanded on their games.

The conclusion? Pack away most of your children’s toys and rather rotate a small number of toys regularly. This will improve their attention span and encourage them to be more creative. It also teaches them to take care of their possessions.

Science aside, there are other benefits associated with having fewer toys – think about the lower impact on the environment, your wallet, and your home!

A better way to treat children’s toys

If you find yourself stepping on too many discarded Lego blocks and knee-deep in naked Barbies, it may be time to start re-evaluating the toy box! Here are five ways to get started:

  • Rotate toys – Make a selection of toys available to your children, then swap them with another set of toys after a period of time. This means that there’s always something new and exciting to play with.
  • Start a toy swap – Gather a group of friends with children of similar ages and do a toy exchange on a regular basis. Like rotating toys, this gives your children ‘new’ toys – without all the clutter and expense.
  • Put toys on display – Toys that aren’t in plain sight are easily forgotten. Instead of stuffing them away, try organising toys into play stations such as a reading corner, dress-up corner, or art table.
  • Do a toy clean-out – Donate toys that your children don’t play with to underprivileged children. If a toy is no longer developmentally appropriate, it’s time for it to go to someone who can use it better.
  • Make the right toy choices – Choose toys that are high-quality and allow children to be imaginative, rather than passive participants in play. Truly Toys has a wide range of products to provide a well-rounded “learning by play” experience for your children. Browse our website to explore our curated collection of high-quality educational toys that will spark your child’s creativity and imagination.

Remember: Children should play with their toys, not be amused by them!

To find out more about our educational toys for all ages, please visit our website https://educationaltoys.co.za/ or contact us for a quote: 011 618 1337 / sales2@trulytoys.co.za.

Further reading:

  1. Too many toys are bad for children, study suggests – The Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/05/many-toys-bad-children-study-suggests/)

Is there such a thing as too many toys?

Why you should clear out the noise of too many toys

Did you know? The average British child owns 238 toys but only plays with 12 favourite toys on a daily basis. That’s a measly 5%!

You’ve bought your little one a toy you think they’ll love. You wrap it, and place it under the Christmas tree. The big day arrives, the excitement is palpable… and she ends up more interested in the box it came in! Parents, maybe our wise young ones are telling us something.

A recent study by researchers at the University of Toledo in Ohio has shown that children who have too many toys are more easily distracted and don’t enjoy quality playtime.

They invited 36 toddlers to play in a room for half an hour; some toddlers were given four toys to play with, while others had 16. The researchers found that the children who had fewer toys to play with:

  • were far more creative,
  • played with each toy for twice as long,
  • thought up more uses for each toy, and
  • lengthened and expanded on their games.

The conclusion? Pack away most of your children’s toys and rather rotate a small number of toys regularly. This will improve their attention span and encourage them to be more creative. It also teaches them to take care of their possessions.

Science aside, there are other benefits associated with having fewer toys – think about the lower impact on the environment, your wallet, and your home!

A better way to treat children’s toys

If you find yourself stepping on too many discarded Lego blocks and knee-deep in naked Barbies, it may be time to start re-evaluating the toy box! Here are five ways to get started:

  • Rotate toys – Make a selection of toys available to your children, then swap them with another set of toys after a period of time. This means that there’s always something new and exciting to play with.
  • Start a toy swap – Gather a group of friends with children of similar ages and do a toy exchange on a regular basis. Like rotating toys, this gives your children ‘new’ toys – without all the clutter and expense.
  • Put toys on display – Toys that aren’t in plain sight are easily forgotten. Instead of stuffing them away, try organising toys into play stations such as a reading corner, dress-up corner, or art table.
  • Do a toy clean-out – Donate toys that your children don’t play with to underprivileged children. If a toy is no longer developmentally appropriate, it’s time for it to go to someone who can use it better.
  • Make the right toy choices – Choose toys that are high-quality and allow children to be imaginative, rather than passive participants in play. Truly Toys has a wide range of products to provide a well-rounded “learning by play” experience for your children. Browse our website to explore our curated collection of high-quality educational toys that will spark your child’s creativity and imagination.

Remember: Children should play with their toys, not be amused by them!

To find out more about our educational toys for all ages, please visit our website https://educationaltoys.co.za/ or contact us for a quote: 011 618 1337 / sales2@trulytoys.co.za.

Further reading:

  1. Too many toys are bad for children, study suggests – The Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/05/many-toys-bad-children-study-suggests/)

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