How to Avoid Having Too Many Toys

Today’s children are bombarded with different ads. A child’s appetite for toys grows, and the parents’ wallet is getting empty at the same speed. Given the nature of opinion, a pre-school child cannot understand the actual value of money. Unless the child is taught otherwise, he sees money as something that adults have and will use when he wants something, so it is desirable to encourage the child to develop responsibility towards money from an early age.

If you thought that a bunch of toys was a great thing because a child has a lot of choice in how and what to play with, you are wrong. Just remember your childhood. Back in the day, the selection of toys was much smaller, and you certainly didn’t always get exactly all the toys you wanted at the time. You valued toys and used your imagination to create those necessary toys that you could not have.

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When you notice that the quantity of toys interferes with what toys are supposed to do, which is to engage the child’s senses and imagination and encourage communication with others, the child may have too many toys.

Nowadays, it can very quickly happen that a child has too many toys. Parents are not the only ones who buy them; relatives and friends also participate in this gift-giving circle. Although this has its advantages, on the other hand, the child can get bored of these toys very quickly. You won’t even turn round, and very soon he will forget about the toys he has and will ask you to buy him new ones again. This just creates a vicious circle.

No toy can hold his attention for much longer, and that is not good at all. In other words, if the amount of toys is disturbing for the child and he is finding it difficult to play for some reason because of too many toys, it is advisable to react and remove some of the toys. You can always add or change the toys available to your child.

Hide some toys

Try to hide toys that you think are surplus. Toys that the child rarely plays with, and don’t buy new ones in the meantime. After some time, take them out again and see how happy they are and if they forgot they had that toy in the first place. Be careful not to remove their favorite toys, as children can develop special feelings of attachment to some toys.

It is worth noting that children who have fewer toys have less fighting around them. Although parents think that adding another toy as a choice will reduce conflicts, they actually achieve the opposite effect.

By adding another toy, we give them another reason to fight that we want to avoid. Think carefully before you decide to buy your child a new toy.

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Rotate toys

Put half of the toys in the bag. If you think that this is the only way to remove toys from your child, you can always keep this toy bag in the cupboard and rotate the toys, putting some in the bag and taking others out. But even with this solution, you will eventually collect too many bags!

Donate toys

The first option is to take the toys to the nearest kindergarten when your kid is sleeping. If the toys are in good condition and not torn, dusty, or anything like that, you can always take them to one of many kindergartens in your town. Although they certainly have a handful of toys, they sometimes accept toys brought in.

You can also always ask friends or acquaintances if they have children and need toys. I believe that many parents would be happy not to waste money on toys that will be redundant after a while anyway. And as far as I can see, toys are getting more and more expensive, so they will come in handy for anyone struggling with money.

It seems to me that it is a great choice to take things personally to a family that you know is in financial difficulties or has several children to make them feel better and make them happy. Basically, you will be doing the right thing and making someone’s life better, whichever option you choose.

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As a parent, set an example

Many people in general, including parents, like to buy things for themselves and their children. In other regards, a parent is a role model for the child when it comes to buying toys, which means that if the parent relaxes by buying things, kids will also learn from the parent and do the same. Some parents feel that they are paying attention to their child and showing love in this way; some do it out of guilt.

Either way, if a parent decides to change in this regard, they should first think about what is important to them that their child learns and adapts in life. Is it necessary for him that the child learns to be a collector, or is it vital to learn to handle money and material things? As today’s toys change extremely fast, the child can agree that he can have a limited amount of toys. When the child asks for more, the agreement should be pointed out to the child and stuck to. If a toy seems to be extremely important to the child, you may decide to give it to the child for a birthday or other important day. Or it could be agreed that the child needs to save money and buy it alone. This way, the child gets more out of the toy; he learns about ecology, the value of money, perseverance, and much more and ends up with the toy he wants.


As a parent, I know it is hard to keep a limited amount of toys in a house. Everyone loves to buy toys. I hope some of the tips will help you get rid of some toys. My favorite advice is to remove toys from the house during the night. This action is always successful.

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