How many toys your children really need? Answering this question begins with the enough innocence of your children. You love your children and you’re going to make them happy. But before you know it, in discarded Legos and naked Barbie dolls you find yourself standing knee-deep. The children are bored; there’s a mess in the house and no one is happy. There are too many toys in most households. But what many well-meaning parents do not know is, in fact, less play is equated with more toys. Children are readily overwhelmed by choice, and a kid who is uncertain about what to play with often ends up playing with absolutely nothing. However, the issue is more basic than that. The obsession with flashy plastic junk of our culture has taught our kids to be passive players. They expect to be amused by their toys rather than playing with their toys. And they’re about five seconds long. Then it’s back to the toy box or the ground more accurately. So how are you going to tame toys?
Try the 20-toy rule. You may have heard of the 20-toy rule. It’s pretty straightforward – you’re asking your kid to pick 20 toys that will make him appreciate and appreciate his toys more, reduce clutter and hopefully increase his creativity. The rule of 20 toys is not about making both of you miserable. Let your child select the toys he or she wants to keep (or give away). How many broken and forgotten toys he has will surprise you: let him begin with the first ones.
Take it slow. Children donating their toys are not simple, so take it slowly. If the 20-toy rule doesn’t work for you, create your own laws more suitable for your family and your child. Let your child be involved in the purging process. First start with one thing (e.g. first toys, then books, then clothes), unless your child also asks you to give away those things. If he has trouble getting rid of his toys, suggest leaving the grandparents with some toys.
Explain. It always enables your children to clarify their choices. Why does it matter less? Explain this to your kid when you donate the toys. Talk about why buying fewer but better toys is essential.
Make minimalism a habit. If you try to declutter the life of your child, begin by first decluttering your own life. Talk to her why decluttering is essential. Let her see you donate the things you don’t need anymore. Buy fewer things.
Enlist the help of family and friends. Your family can assist you decrease toys for your children. Explain what you are about to do. Why it is essential to let them understand how to assist. For instance, you can put forward non-toy donation thoughts (exhibition tickets, museums, films) or suggest pooling donation funds. Prepare for setbacks – although you may believe “minimalism” is great, there is no assurance that your entire family will be on the same wavelength.
Make Books Interesting and Accessible. What’s the point of having an comprehensive children’s book library if your children never read it? For children, bookshelves are often difficult to access on their own, and with so many books to choose from, it is hard to understand what to choose from. Try to trade traditional bookshelves for a few easy-to-reach book rails if you want to encourage your kids to read. Book rails contain fewer books and better display their covers, making them more attractive to children. Make sure your child is able to see and reach the books, and often change the titles to keep their interest peaked. You can even go to the library for weekly journeys and have your kiddo select and set up their own books.
Start a Toy Rotation. After a while, playing the same toys can get tired again and again. Are you wondering how to keep your children engaged? Try mixing up little things. A well-organized rotation of toys helps eliminate clutter while enabling kids to play with a wider choice of toys. Because the toys available change on a periodic basis, there’s always something fresh and interesting to play with to make sure your kid never gets bored. Is your little one worried about missing their favourite stuff? There is nothing wrong with leaving out on a continuous basis a few toys, such as Legos or a much-loved stuffed animal or doll. And if your children are happy with the toys they currently have, it won’t hurt to change your schedule of rotation. There is no need for stress as long as your child is happy and engaged.
Make a Better Choice. Toys are intended to be instruments, not centers of entertainment. Look for toys that promote creative thinking, teamwork, and imaginative play instead of purchasing your children flashy plastic junk. Bricks, blocks and other construction toys are an outstanding creative fodder for increasing minds, and games are ideal for teaching teamwork and good sportsmanship to kids. Role-playing toys, such as costumes and dollhouses, set the imagination on fire and assist kids improve their social and emotional abilities. If you have the room, consider investing in a few big toys that set the stage for pretending to play. A easy teepee or toy kitchen with just a few accessories can provide hours of entertainment, carrying your little one on a regular basis to that develop-rich land of making-believe.
Don’t sweat all the stuff. If you’re watching your living room and it’s already overflowing with toys, take heart: while your kids may need less than they have, playing with toys is better than the alternative. With kids of all ages spending so much time in front of TVs and tablets. Toys offer a much greater opportunity for parents and children to interact with each other and for the child to express some creativity and learn some valuable life lessons they will not learn in the virtual world.