Why You Should Stop Giving Your Kids So Many Toys

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

According to an article in the New York Post, toddlers with a small amount of toys were more creative and focused than children that had the choice of many toys. The toys varied-some were battery-operated, some had wheels, and some were made to teach a concept such as shapes or counting.

The New York Post reports that toddlers engaged in longer periods of play with a single toy, allowing them to play more focused and creatively.

Toddlers get distracted with too many toys and when they have less they are more imaginative and develop skills more easily.


Though officials ultimately concluded that fewer toys "promotes development and healthy play", they aren't suggesting parents and caregivers throw Tickle Me Elmo and their collection of Fisher Price gadgets in the trash.

No children played with the same set of toys, all three dimensional, and play took place in a university setting. Study authors suggest future studies could use repeated exposure to the same toys, home environments and include children with developmental disabilities. When kids were surrounded by lots of toys, they tended to move more frequently from thing to thing to thing. "Fewer toys causes children to become resourceful by solving problems with only the materials at hand".

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