Watching the The Late Late Toy Show with the family huddled around the television while eating a feast of rubbish is an Irish Christmas tradition.On Toy Show night all normal rules go out the door, kids can eat as much junk as they want and stay up as late as they wish.All sorts of toys will be demonstrated from baby dolls that wee and poo to toy cookers that really cook your food.This year has a record number of participants, with more than 231 performers, demonstrators and children taking part. The toy count has also reached new levels with 237 toys featuring in the show and 100 toys used in the set design. Great excitement grips both the adults and children,but do our children need all these sophiaticated toys and is it destroying their imagination and hindering their development.Although it is essential they have a certain amount of toys would it better to allow them play with a large cardboard box and use their imagination and natural creative skills to create a garage or a cooker.The Guardian Newspaper recently published an article examining the effects of children having too many toys. As you can probably guess, the results are not positive. The findings were that an overload of toys can possibly hinder child development and creativity. Also, having too many toys can affect the child’s attention span and leave them giving up on an item quickly.
None of us set out to spoil our children. If anything, we really triy not to. When I was young, I didn’t have a great deal of toys, but what I did have was a love of the outdoors. Come rain or shine, I was outside; sometimes in the street playing with friends, other times, in the garden or garage playing on my own, doing ‘scientific’ or gardening experiments.I fear todays generation are missing out on this .
When you don’t have a great deal, you certainly make the most of what you have. For me, that was nature and the world around me, for others it may be something more creative. How many times have you found that the most fun your children have is with something really simple like a large cardboard box or other simple items? Maybe we really do just over complicate things.
People need to understand that fewer toys will benefit our children in the long run.
- Kids learn to be more creative. Too many toys prevent kids from fully developing their gift of imagination. Two German public health workers (Strick and Schubert) conducted an experiment in which they convinced a kindergarten classroom to remove all of their toys for three months. Although boredom set in during the initial stages of the experiment, the children soon began to use their basic surroundings to invent games and use imagination in their playing.
- Kids develop longer attention spans. When too many toys are introduced into a child’s life, their attention span will begin to suffer. A child will rarely learn to fully appreciate the toy in front of them when there are countless options still remaining on the shelf behind them.
- Kids establish better social skills. Children with fewer toys learn how to develop interpersonal relationships with other kids and adults. They learn the give and take of a good conversation. And studies have attributed childhood friendships to a greater chance of success academically and in social situations during adulthood.
- Kids 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. If you have a child who is constantly damaging their toys, just take a bunch away. He will quickly learn.
- Kids develop a greater love for reading, writing, and art. Fewer toys allows your children to love books, music, coloring, and painting. And a love for art will help them better appreciate beauty, emotion, and communication in their world.
- Kids become more resourceful. In education, students aren’t just given the answer to a problem; they are given the tools to find the answer. In entertainment and play, the same principle can be applied. Fewer toys causes children to become resourceful by solving problems with only the materials at hand. And resourcefulness is a gift with unlimited potential.
- Kids argue with each other less. This may seem counter-intuitive. Many parents believe that more toys will result in less fighting because there are more options available. However, the opposite is true far too often. Siblings argue about toys. And every time we introduce a new toy into the relationship, we give them another reason to establish their “territory” among the others. On the other hand, siblings with fewer toys are forced to share, collaborate, and work together.
- Kids learn perseverance. Children who have too many toys 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. Kids with fewer toys learn perseverance, patience, and determination.
- Kids become less selfish. Kids who get everything they want believe they can have everything they want. This attitude will quickly lead to an unhealthy (and unbecoming) lifestyle.
- Kids experience more of nature. Children who do not have a basement full of toys are more apt to play outside and develop a deep appreciation for nature. They are also more likely to be involved in physical exercise which results in healthier and happier bodies.
- Kids learn to find satisfaction outside of the toy store. True joy and contentment will never be found in the aisles of a toy store. Kids who have been raised to think the answer to their desires can be bought with money have believed the same lie as their parents. Instead, children need encouragement to live counter-cultural lives finding joy in things that truly last.
- Kids live in a cleaner, tidier home. If you have children, you know that toy clutter can quickly take over an entire home. Fewer toys results in a less-cluttered, cleaner, healthier home.
- Now Im not I’m not anti-toy. I’m just pro-child. So do your child a favor today and limit their number of toys. (Just don’t tell them you got the idea from me.)
I’m not anti-toy. I’m just pro-child. So do your child a favor today and limit their number of toys. (Just don’t tell them you got the idea from me.)
What ever age your Children enjoy tonights Toy Show.For me it will be tinged with saddness as it will be the first time we will not watch as a family as my Aishling is in NewYork but we will enjoy it anyway.