When we have kids, it’s natural to want to give the world to them. However, buying them lots of toys isn’t necessarily good for their development. Some toys can be great, while others can be waste of money, space, and time. Here’s what you should know about buying toys for your kids:
Giving Kids Experiences Can Be More Beneficial
If you want to treat your kids for good behavior or you simply feel like making them smile, experiences can be more beneficial than things. You may not be able to take them out all the time, and that’s fine. However, you should try to treat them to something like this as often as you can. They’ll make memories and learn so much about the world. It can help the two of you to create a better bond too.
Choosing Educational Toys Is Important
When you do choose toys for your kids, try to make them educational. There are lots of toys out there that can be educational. For instance, games like Scrabble can help them to develop their reading, writing, and problem solving skills. There are many interactive toys that help them to develop these skills too. You can find things like this on the list created by Couponbox. Make sure you think carefully about the toys you buy for your kids!
Don’t Forget About Books, Arts and Crafts
Buying your kids books and arts and crafts materials is a great way to get them to express themselves creatively, as well as develop healthy hobbies. The fewer toys you buy your kids, the more likely they are to find joy in things like reading, writing, and creating different things. These are great skills to have and they’ll be able to follow their passions more later on in life.
Having Fewer Toys Forces Kids To Use Their Imaginations
When kids have fewer toys, they are literally forced to use their imaginations. Rather than flit from toy to toy and then complain that they are bored (in an attempt to get you to give them something to do), they will find joy using their imagination. This could be making up a game themselves, or playing make believe using absolutely nothing at all. This isn’t to say you should ‘deprive’ your kids of anything. Simply consider this the next time you feel bad for not buying them the latest toy or gadget!
They’ll Spend More Time Outside
When your kids have fewer toys, they also tend to spend more time outside. These children develop a stronger connection with nature, play in the grass, climb trees, and stay active!
Kids Will Appreciate And Value Their Things More
If you commit to not spoiling your children with useless toys, they will appreciate the things they do have so much more. Wouldn’t we all love to have grateful kids that really value their things?
Your Child Will Have A Longer Attention Span
Finally, your child will have a longer attention span, as bouncing from toy to toy just isn’t an option!
Remember these pointers next time you go toy shopping!
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Lauryn Rescoe says
These are great tips, thanks thanks for sharing! I always try to buy gifts witj educational value and meaning, rather than toys that become junk within a week. 🙂
I try to buy my nieces and nephews books and usually I get them a membership. I have done the zoo and the Science Center. It's something that lasts! It's usually not super expensive. So worth it! Thanks for sharing your tips! And if you have an Ollie's near you they have AWESOME CHEAP books for kids! I'm a librarian! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy 2017!
I agree that experiences and books and arts & crafts are much better than most toys.
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