March 29, 2023

How many toys does your child really need?

Parents get overwhelmed when they go shop toys for their kid. Kids have their toy baskets overflowing with toys. But have you every thought how many toys does your kids actually need?

T for toys, Fewer toys is better !

Toys help a lot in shaping a child’s development. There are many toys which help them learn new things while playing. In short, we must take their play time seriously. Giving too many toys distracts them. An experiment shows that fewer toys help in increasing the attention span in toddlers and makes them more creative. Toys in abundance reduces the quality of play in the toddlers. Having fewer toys makes them learn social skills. They learn the concept of give and take. Children learn to take better care of their toys. and of course, you will have a cleaner house with lesser but more resourceful toys.

Toy Rotation

By rotating toys, you can keep a child engaged in a few toys at a time. After a few days, rotate the toys again and give them something different to play with. You will see how they would be so interested in the toys they discarded earlier.

Do not keep similar toys

What is the point of having two shape sorters and a number of stacking rings?

Pick up good toys

Buy open ended toys like blocks, kitchen sets, etc because these enhance their creativity and keep them engaged for a longer time. Choose wooden toys over plastic ones.

Keep books accessible

This would draw their attention towards books. Kids can pick the books they like to read by themselves.

Let us make our house free of all the clutter. Of course toys are an important part of the childhood but there is no point in giving way too many to your child. As I said, fewer toys, more the learning. 

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This blog is a part of my series on A-Z of Parenting, Unlearn the Alphabets after becoming parents and Blogchatter AtoZ.                     


15 thoughts on “How many toys does your child really need?

  1. That is very thoughtful Anchal. Now a day there are good toy libraries as well in the metro cities. Instead of turning the house into a toy shop, better have a few quality ones and let the child use it to the fullest!

  2. Since my daughter’s early childhood we haven’t given her many toys. We ensured that she has one toy till the time she uses it well and values them as well. I think fewer the toys better the learning. Too much can actually cause confusin.

  3. I completely agree. I have been a culprit of buying too many toys for my daughter and know that it is better to have fewer pieces.

  4. This is what I do with my kids as these days they have so much choice and every other day they get to buy something new. This way I can just hide their toys in the store and rotate after few months.

  5. Minimalism is the key! In the case of A&A as many expensive toys we buy nothing is more engaging than home utensils and tools! ?. We practice toy rotation too and that works well.

  6. I am in that phase where I love buying the toys more than my son!! He is always attracted to cars like a magnet!! But seriously how many does he need? Have to seriously give i a thought.

  7. Completely agree. I saw this difference with both my kids. We tried toy rotation with my younger kid and found it extremely effective as he was engaged longer and seemed more interested in playing.

  8. I also keep toys on rotation and keep the books accessible for my son.. These are some really nice points..

  9. Less is more, a rule we can actually apply in many parts of our life. More the toys more the mess, I love the ideas you gave I too will try and inculcate these with my toddler’s playtime.

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