For some kids having every new toy is simply a way of life. Whenever something new comes out, they have the toy purchased for them, and soon end up with too many toys.
It’s often not even because it is what the child wants – parents can struggle to find a balance between keeping up with the latest trends and buying the toys they think their children want while limiting toys and giving room for imaginative play.
No doubt, playing with toys is always fun and no child will complain when they get a new toy. Buying these toys is a sign of the love that the parents or others have for the child and should always be appreciated.
However, when a child has a limited number of toys it can boost their creative development, as fewer toys help to focus better, play more creatively, and promote healthy play. Of course, it is challenging to create that perfect minimalist kids room but implementing some elements like reducing the number of toys is quite achievable and can significantly benefit the child.
With only a few toys to hand, it is common for the imagination to take over. The rocket ship can be on a mission to Mars one minute and turn into a church tower the next. Perhaps it could be a power tool, or even a train…the only limit to imaginative play is the ideas that the child can create.
This is why kids who have less value their things more. Every toy is known, and every toy has a story that the child knows. It’s not just a piece of plastic, it’s not just a plush animal, it’s not any old toy – it’s MY toy.
But that’s not the only reason.
Toys can be highly valued if there are only a few of them simply as a matter of numbers. If a child has 100 toys and one is lost, there’s still 99 to split the time between. The missing toy, unless it’s an absolute favorite, may not be “missed” at all.
Compare that to the minimalist kids room with just a few toys in it. If one goes missing, it’s obvious. The value of that individual toy is much higher, as losing it means the loss of a greater percentage of the toys altogether.
The toy may have been with the child for years and has gone everywhere with them. The relationship between the child and the toy could be as strong as the relationship between any two human beings, and so there is great value placed on the toy.
How many is too many toys?
Studies have shown that abundance of toys reduce the quality of play but how do you know your child has too many toys? You may not even realize how many they have. However, when you do notice toys are being neglected and never played with that is perhaps a sign there are too many to choose from. Toys are great tools for creative development, but children can often be happier with less toys and more creativity.
Next time, instead of creating a birthday wish list with more toys for your child, perhaps it would be worth considering experience gifts registry. You cannot have too many experiences, as those create unforgettable memories and will never sit gathering dust in the corner.