While you finish up with your house chores, how many of you prefer to keep your kids busy with toys? Lots of Toys!!!In present times, playrooms are bombarded with insane number of toys for your child to play longer with. This lets you to take care of your business. You think this is working in your favor, but it actually is not. In this article, I will discuss why toy minimalism is absolutely essential for you and your child.
The marketing industry has made us believe that the toys will magically solve all our parenting problems. This industry has brainwashed us into the notion of “the more the better”. But is it really helping you or doing the opposite? Not all the toys are designed the same way, nor they all promote a healthy play and a healthy mind for your children.
Here are few reasons why overload of toys is detrimental toy your child’s mental development and why you should minimize toys in your home.
Make Memories not Clutter
You trade your time for money. Your meaningful time turns into money which you use to buy meaningless things. Instead, this money can be spent on meaningful experiences which doubles as the quality time for the family.
When you buy a toy that loses its value within 10 minutes of being opened, you are actually throwing your money into a dark hole. It reaches at the bottom of your toy basket within couple of days. And eventually ends up becoming part of already existing clutter in your house.
You should be spending your hard-earned money on experiences and vacations, that will be valued by both you and your children. These experiences will turn into lifelong memories that you and your family will cherish together.
Over- Stimulation causes Focus and Attention Problems
The so-called educational toys are over promised and are harmful to your child’s mental development. The kids who become used to overstimulation can feel uncomfortable when they don’t have anything to do.
Children develop key life skills through play. It is not possible when they are bombarded with countless over stimulating options. Their attention span decreases which will affect them in their education negatively too. It will be hard for them to sit through their class and homework times.
Overload of Toys activates use of Passive Mind
Overstimulating toys with many functions, sounds and lights have capabilities to make your child’s brain more passive. The effects of using overstimulating toys are same as of watching screen. Screen time puts a child’s brain into passive mode. These kinds of toys are ‘Active’ toys. This will impede independent play, creativity and problem-solving skills.
In order to use their active mind, kids need to be provided with more passive and unstructured toys. These toys are multi-purposed, simple and straightforward and allows kids to find more purpose of each toy. Kids end up playing longer with each toy which helps their attention and focus spans.
Toy Minimalism encourages Gratitude
We want our children to turn into grateful humans, but we bombard them with material things and entertainment. Children should be able to take good care of the toys they have and should able to be authentically happy when they get a new one. Practicing toy minimalism is the most affective way to instill gratitude in our kids.
If it is hard for you to limit the toy purchase to special occasions and holidays, then ‘One in and One out’ rule will help you. For every new purchase of a toy, they need to donate a toy out of the ones they already have. Since children can develop emotional attachment with toys they play mindfully with, it will be hard for them to get rid of. If you must get rid of a toy to bring the new one in, then it will teach them making contributions towards the less fortunate ones.
Boredom is Good for your child
Time spent away from their toy and digital world will allow them to explore their inner and outer worlds.
Overload of toys can cause loss of insight. The times they do not have stimulation around them, is the time their minds create space to put things into perspective. They are able to think through any unresolved problems they might be experiencing. This is going to help their problem-solving skills and they should easily be able to find value in the moments they experience.
Boredom help children find opportunities to engage with others and promote development of interpersonal skills.
Toy Minimalism makes Clean ups easier
When everything is in perspective in your child’s playroom and hopefully your house, clean ups become a breeze. It is easier for kids to cleanup when there is less to clean.
Minimal toys can turn clean up into an easy chore that can be added to daily routine.
In her article, Avita discusses about the only 10 toys your child needs in order to play mindfully. Minimalism is different to everyone. Explore your style in minimalism and see how it helps you and your child have a clear mind.