Does Your Kid Have Too Many Toys? Here Is What You Can Do
Toys are an important tool in a childs life. It helps with their psychological and intellectual development. Not only that, it helps form a childs individuality and their sense of self.
However, having too many toys are bad for children. Children who have too many toys tend to get distracted easily, get less pleasure out of play and are less creative. The more they play with different toys, the less they use the section of the brain that is involved in creative thinking and attention. On the other hand, having one toy at a time and playing in different ways with it improves their creativity and their ability to focus.
Not only that, having lots of toys will prevent the child from forming attachments, emotions, connections and experiences with those items. Thus, we should aim to focus the child on a particular toy at a time.
Here are some useful tips for preventing too many toys
Find a way to make old toys exiting and interesting for the child. Show them different ways they can play with it. Teach them to modify it by colouring, putting stickers on it or making extra stuff from scratch. Once you manage to make the child focus on the toy, child will then engage in a play that will actually improve their imagination and creativity. Ask them to pick their favourite toys and put the others away.
Do not buy new toys!
If you are out in a shopping centre, your child can demand things that interests them including toys. In order to prevent this, make the shopping list with your child so they know why they are going there. Once you arrive at the shopping place, make the shopping fun for the child. For example, encourage them to interact with you by creating a play such as ‘lets see who is going to get the bread first?’.
If they start crying or yelling in public, always knell down to talk to your kid. Tell them calmly that crying won’t help the situation and that you will not buy the toy under any circumstances. If they keep on crying, hold them, take them to a different place, then explain calmly why you are not happy to buy that toy.
Always award the child for their good behavior.
For example, if they waited for you to finish your shopping patiently, if they were helpful and if they weren’t insisted with buying things, give them warm hugs, kisses and praise them with good words. This will increase their positive behavior.