I am a mom of four high energy kids,and I realized that my kids needed limited choices with toys . My epiphany came when daily we were walking over dozens of toys scattered everywhere.
There are so many toys being made now that kids really just toss aside. For instance, if someone buys a stuffed animal for just one of my boys, they are not smugglers. My boys are hands on. That toy will inevitably end up at the Goodwill.
If the same person takes the time to ask me what kind of toys each child likes then I can give them ideas. Not all children like all toys. Kids are different and some like toys that talk, others like toy cars, dinosaurs, or legos.
- Look at toys closely. Ask yourself “Would I like this toy”? If the answer is no, then probably not.
- Find toys that expand the imagination.
- No one knows your children better than you.
Limiting Toy Choices
- Too many toys leads to confusion. Choices of 5 or 10 favorite toys are good.
- Have a limit on how many toys are in the toy box. The rest can be kept in a bin in the garage.
- Utilize a toy rotation. Every 3 months rotate toys. Keep the toys interesting.
Visit The Toy Store
- Take the kids to several different places to look at toys.
- Children will gravitate toward their interest. Remind them that it is only time for looking at the store.
- Take note of what toys they like.
Toymakers make toys that kids are not interested in playing with, and there is no imagination involved. Not all toys have to be educational. Toys can be fun and not educational. Imagination is education. Children with a good imagination will go far in life.
I remember as a child some of the best times were playing marbles, or barbie dolls with my friends. Not even Barbie dolls are the same now. My friends and I found it to be so much fun with the Barbie pool, Barbie house and Barbie accessories.
Now I see imagination with my boys, but only in a few toys. Dinosaurs are one of the toys they continue to play with on a daily basis. I know they love dinosaurs. We buy a lot of dinosaurs. Why? They get played with ALL OF THE TIME.
Electronics have taken away so much from kids. We as a family are guilty of too much electronics too. Kids, they don’t go outside, they don’t play well with friends, and when we need them to behave we stick an electronic in their hand.
Electronics are fun with limits. Our future generation needs time to play and be kids. Imagination is a beautiful gift that is being wasted and we as parents will see the effect of what we have done in future years.