7 Advantages and Disadvantages For Children Who Have a Large Number of Toys

Seeing your little one laugh and play with their favorite toy warms your heart, but if their bedroom floor is no longer visible, you may be doing more harm than good.

Toys are no longer only playthings. Toys can teach children about the world, themselves and how to communicate with others. And while it’s normal to want your children to have the best of everything, there are disadvantages of having lots of toys.

A five year old child playing in his room with a lot of toys around him. A five year old boy holding something in his small fist and laughing

Disadvantages

Developmental Delay

Having too many toys can prevent your child may hinder their creativity. A never-ending influx of toys, particularly electronic ones, can hinder your child’s creativity and encourage shorter attention spans.

Sense of Entitlement

Children may also have difficulty developing interpersonal relationships with others. When children have too many toys, they may begin to feel entitled, which makes it very difficult for them to share with others. Fewer toys help children learn how to give without feeling slighted.

Difficulty Solving Problems

When children have an overabundance of toys, they may also have difficulty solving problems. With too many choices, how can they learn how to be resourceful? Children need to learn how to solve a problem even if they don’t have everything they need to do so easily. By utilizing the materials at hand, children become resourceful and learn how to make the best of a tricky situation.

Selfishness

Unfortunately, selfishness is a major disadvantage of having too many toys. Children who get everything they want may believe that they can have everything they want. As a child, this type of attitude quickly leads to unsavory behavior. Children need to know that it’s okay to want something but not get it. Teach your child from a young age that earning what they want is much more rewarding than simply being handed it.

A two year old child playing in his room with a toy train

Advantages

Developmental Skills

Children are eager to learn about the world around them, so every new shape, color or sound is a new experience. Give your children toys that are educational to stimulate their senses. For example, babies are usually fascinated by contrasting colors. They also need toys that help them strengthen motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination.

Education

Brain-boosting toys like puzzles or Legos are both enjoyable and educational for children. Not only do they improve their manual dexterity, but they also teach critical thinking skills. Solving a puzzle boosts self-esteem and gives them a sense of pride.

Emotional Development

Playing with toys, specifically, dolls can help children learn empathy. When children play, they learn how to relate to others, negotiate roles and obey rules. Playing fulfills your child’s emotional needs including feeling a sense of accomplishment. Developmental and educational toys teach children how to express their emotion properly.

Childhood is fleeting, so letting your kids be kids is what’s most important. Encouraging alternative ways to play will help your child build the social skills they need to be a well-rounded adult.