- 1 1. Kids learn to be more creative.
- 2 2. Kids develop longer concentration.
- 3 3. Kids establish better social skills.
- 4 4. Kids learn to take greater care of things.
- 5 5. Kids develop a greater love for reading, writing, and art.
- 6 6. Kids become more resourceful.
- 7 7. Kids argue with each other less.
- 8 8. Kids learn perseverance.
- 9 9. Kids become less selfish.
- 10 10. Kids experience more of nature.
- 11 11. Kids learn to find satisfaction outside of the toy store.
- 12 12. Kids live in a cleaner, tidier home.
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Toys form the building blocks for our child’s future. They teach our children about the world and about themselves. They send messages and communicate values. And, wise parents think about what foundation is being laid by the toys that are given to their kids.
Wise parents also think about the number of toys that children are given. And most toy rooms and bedrooms today are filled to the ceiling with toys, intentional parents learn to limit the number of toys that kids have to play with.
Let’s dig into to find out why fewer toys will benefit your children:
1. Kids learn to be more creative.
Too many toys prevent kids from fully developing their gift of imagination. Two German public health workers (Strick and Schubert) conducted an experiment in which they convinced a kindergarten classroom to remove all of their toys for three months. Although boredom set in during the initial stages of the test, and the children soon began to use their basic surroundings to invent games and use imagination in their playing.
2. Kids develop longer concentration.
When too many toys are introduced into a child’s life, their concentration will begin to suffer. And a child will rarely learn to fully appreciate the toy in front of them when plenty of other options still remaining on the shelf behind them.
Children with fewer toys learn how to develop interpersonal relationships with other kids and adults. They learn the give and take of a good conversation. And studies have attributed childhood friendships to a greater chance of success academically and in social situations during adulthood. Better relationships as a child also tend to lead happier lives in adulthood.
4. Kids learn to take greater care of things.
When kids have too many toys, they will naturally take less care of them. They will not learn to value them if there is always a replacement ready at hand. If you have a child who is constantly damaging their toys, just take a bunch away. He will quickly learn.
5. Kids develop a greater love for reading, writing, and art.
Fewer toys allows your children to love books, music, coloring, and painting. And a love for art will help them better appreciate beauty, emotion, and communication in their world. It’ll also keep them away from getting used to an unhealthy amount of screen time.
6. Kids become more resourceful.
In education, students aren’t just given the answer to a problem; they are given the tools to find the answer. In entertainment and play, the same principle can be applied. Fewer toys causes children to become resourceful by solving problems with only the materials at hand. And resourcefulness is a gift with unlimited potential.
7. Kids argue with each other less.
This may seem counter-intuitive. Many parents believe that more toys will result in less fighting because there are more options available. However, the opposite is true far too often. Siblings argue about toys. On the other hand, siblings with fewer toys are forced to share, collaborate, and work together.
8. Kids learn perseverance.
Children who have too many toys give up too quickly. If they have a toy that they can’t figure out, it will quickly be discarded for the sake of a different, easier one. Kids with fewer toys learn perseverance, patience, and determination.
9. Kids become less selfish.
Kids who get everything they want believe they can have everything they want. This attitude will quickly lead to an unhealthy (and unbecoming) lifestyle.
10. Kids experience more of nature.
Children who do not have a basement full of toys are more apt to play outside and develop a deep appreciation for nature. So they are also more likely to be involved in physical exercise which results in healthier and happier bodies.
11. Kids learn to find satisfaction outside of the toy store.
Authentic joy and contentment will never be found in the aisles of a toy store. Kids who have been raised to think the answer to their desires can be bought with money have believed the same lie as their parents. Instead, children need encouragement to live counter-cultural lives finding joy in things that truly last.
12. Kids live in a cleaner, tidier home.
If you have children, you know that toy clutter can quickly take over an entire home. Fewer toys results in a less-cluttered, cleaner, healthier home.
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