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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Dixon

10 Reasons Why Children Play Better with Fewer Toys



I've spent a lot of my energy the past few years sharing with parents and caregivers about why less is more when it comes to toys. When children have too many toys, they become overstimulated and face decision making fatigue, which prevents them from engaging in meaningful play.


Here are just a few of the reasons why children play better when they have fewer toys.


  1. Boosts Creativity: Having fewer toys can spark children's imagination and creativity, as they are forced to come up with new ways to play and use their environment.

  2. Develops Resourcefulness: Fewer toys encourage children to be more resourceful, as they learn to make do with what they have and find creative solutions to problems.

  3. Fosters Socialization: With fewer toys, children are more likely to engage with each other and learn to work collaboratively.

  4. Encourages Exploration: With fewer toys, children are more likely to explore their environment and find new ways to use objects, which can lead to discovery and learning.

  5. Improves Attention Span: Too many toys can be overwhelming for children and lead to a lack of focus and concentration. Having fewer toys can help children to concentrate better and engage more deeply with their play.

  6. Reduces Clutter: A cluttered environment can be distracting and stressful for children. Having fewer toys can lead to a cleaner, more organized space that is conducive to play.

  7. Enhances Appreciation: When children have fewer toys, they are more likely to appreciate the toys they do have and take better care of them.

  8. Encourages Physical Activity: With fewer toys, children may be more inclined to engage in physical activity and outdoor play, which is important for their health and well-being.

  9. Develops Decision-Making Skills: With fewer toys, children have to make decisions about what to play with and how to play. This can help them to develop critical decision-making skills that they will need later in life.

  10. Promotes Self-Directed Learning: With fewer toys, children are more likely to engage in self-directed learning and exploration, which can lead to greater independence and confidence.

If your child has too many toys, and you need help decluttering and deciding which toys to keep and which to get rid of, then we can help!


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