It may seem counterintuitive, but we here are Just Play Toy Rental believe that fewer, higher quality toys are better for kids.
And it’s not just us. Studies have shown that children actually play less the more toys they have.
So why exactly should you have fewer toys in your home? (Aside from the obvious…fewer instances of foot related injuries due to tripping, stubbing, and stepping on toys.)
1 – Children will learn to be more creative. By encouraging your child to focus on only a few toys at a time, he/she is more likely to return to those same toys (instead of moving on to the next one) and come up with new ways of playing with them. You will be amazed at their capacity for creativity!
2 – Kids will develop longer attention spans. When many toys are available to a child, their attention span will begin to suffer. A child will rarely learn to fully appreciate the toy in front of them when there are many more to explore. (This actually applies to experiences in general.)
3 – Too many toys are overwhelming for children. They have difficulty choosing and it makes them anxious. In fact, they will often not even try to pick one toy and play with it and will turn to adult for entertainment or guidance instead.
4 – Kids will 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.
5 – Kids will become more resourceful. Fewer toys encourages resourcefulness by solving problems with limited materials. For example, children might decide to build a playhouse with sheets or build a railway track with blocks.
6 – Kids will learn perseverance. Children with many toys are more likely to 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.
Just Play Toy Rental is not about bringing more toys (and therefore more clutter) into your home. We encourage you to simplify life by removing unwanted, low quality toys and replacing them with fewer, high quality (rented!) toys.
Have you ever noticed that your children actually play better with fewer toys around? I would love to hear about your experiences.
Until next time!