Buying Toys is not a Child’s Play

I recently attended the Parents-teacher meet at my kids’ school and saw at least 3 kids with glasses and at least 6 kids on the higher side of weight, ranging from quite chubby to really over weight. And I’m talking about children in the nursery, in a class of 33 students. It’s disheartening and alarming in equal parts! If my opinion is taken I totally believe that the society is highly unsafe to have your kids go out frequently, or even alone. On the other hand, even when we keep kids under strict scrutiny in our homes, we tend to give them gadgets or TV time as being with them 24×7 is an exhausting task. That’s where buying toys come in. But with the never-ending range of toys, it can get overwhelming! Buying Toys is not a child’s play, especially in the Era of Gadget Freaks.

Buying Toys is not a Child's Play

Why do we even consider handing a phone to our child?

Children learn a lot through the play method, and that’s an established fact. We somewhere lack in engaging as our children’s playmates directly affecting their learning. While ‘online play’ does come to us as an easy, lucrative deal, yet it does more harm than good: Here are some common reasons as to why do we even consider handing a phone to our child:

  • Family Structures

Most families today exist in a nuclear setup, where taking care of the household, children, and often Jobs as well, is completely reliant on the parents. There is little or no help in any of these responsibilities, which can make parents tempted to let the child spend some quiet time on a device while they take a few minutes off for themselves.

  • Exhaustion

It takes a village to raise a child! If not in the number of people, at least the amount of energy equivalent to these many people makes the quote true. It can be exhausting to keep up with the energy of a child while juggling with other roles in life. Stress – physical, mental or both, does affect the time spent in active participation with the child. This eventually affects the child’s learning.

  • Lack of Ideas

Some times, the mere lack of ideas creates a hindrance. The what & where of buying toys, where to learn about DIY activities, how do to help my child learn more by play-way… there’s little to no knowledge about these. All we have is the bombardment from toy sellers and toy companies whose only focus is to make a sale. Irrespective of the fact if the toy is supposed to make sense to you or not, if it’s supposed to help your child learn better or not.

  • Lack of awareness

Lack of awareness of the value of a toy is an appalling truth. I have known parents to hand over the phone because ‘eventually, my child remembers all the rhymes” or “we are bored all day, so I just give him the phone for a while”. Parents need to be aware of the importance of “offline play” along with knowing the hazards of screens and the damage they do to our kids on a permanent basis.

To quote a study by the Science Daily, “the more time children under 2 years old spend playing with smartphones, tablets, and other handheld screens, the more likely they are to begin talking later”. 

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  • Intolerance to the wailing Child

Intolerance towards a child that is wailing and howling for some screen time is definitely an alarming situation. One, because the little one is probably addicted by now, and two, that it leaves very less room for an exhausted parent to battle a wailing child with reason. Throw in concepts of gentle parenting and anger management and it poses a bigger challenge to juggle all the balls of right parenting and not give in to the temptation of just offering what they ask for.

So a child is affected on multiple levels – not just affecting the brain, the learning, but also vision, vocabulary, low mobility and poor metabolism of a young child’s body. The list of damage is endless, and the risk of getting into irreversible illnesses like poor vision, obesity, and the like can also be alarming. However, a little tweak can help save us by a mighty percentage.

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TOYS!! All you need to know about buying some:

Which ones are for learning or entertaining, which ones will be a hit, which ones are safe … let me take you through a quick understanding about the FAQs on buying toys.

  1. Which toys are good?

Honestly, there’s no such thing as a bad toy, unless you pick ones with loud noises & bright, blinding lights. It is also a good idea to avoid buying toys of a plastic make, as kids often put them in the mouth and that is nothing close to good. Plastic toys also have less durability and can break easily. And then there’s the carbon footprint and decomposition aspect as well. So buying toys made of wood, rubber, cardboard or paper, and other such materials with no light or sound is an excellent option.

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2. How many Toys should a child have to say the minimum?

Again, there’s nothing like minimum. Just one or two good quality toys that your child loves is the maximum of what they need. If it interests them, you win the battle. But I’d also take this blog as an opportunity to share that it is good to have a mix of a few types of toys. Toys that need players to be sedentary, toys that involve rigorous movement, toys that need fine motor skills and toys that need gross motor skills – should all be in the kitty of your child.

3. Which toys are learning focused?

Rest assured, that whatever toy you offer to your child is going to be a learning opportunity as they will for sure teach your child something. But you may want to buy specific toys for a specific skill that you want your child to build on. For example, toys for fine motor skills will involve the process of threading beads. Toys that build problem-solving skills would have puzzles and stacking techniques involved. For kids who just want to recreate, toys like dolls come in to play. Then there’s pretend play sets, identification of everyday objects, ride-ons, books, you name it and it is there – ready to serve you.

4. Where to buy toys from?

It is usually a good idea to have a touch and feel of the product before you buy it. But, giving in to the busy lifestyle today, it is convenient to buy toys online. Some sites sell each and every kind of toy there is, with little to no description of it. So work on recommendations from friends who have used a certain toy. It is also a great idea to identify toy companies like Skola that are putting in a lot of science & thought behind generating good quality toys for children across age groups. Buying directly from their websites keep the trust factor intact and you know you would get the best of what there is.

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Wife to one, Mom to two and a friend to a hundred. Good, bad, awesome and horrible, all in one! Been through depression myself, I value the power of Entertainment and HUmor in our everyday life. That is why i choose to write about lighter, fun topics more than all the difficulties I went through! I'm Crazy Mom of Twin Boys, my TWINADOES - Chirag and Chitransh ...! Together we learn new things and explore new meltdown points of each other... I don't look for friends anymore, for I have personally given birth to my monster partners of Crime!!! A trained Counseling Psychologist by qualification, I am now a Quirky SAHM and a Creative Content Writer, whose world revolves around an awesome husband and 2 ruckus makers.

55 Comments

  1. I love wooden toys and have been buying them for.myndaughyer for sometime now..even though they are expensive but totally worth, both in terms of money and learning. First time parents usually face this problem of choosing the right toy. This post is really useful and beneficial for specially first time parents.

  2. Picking the right toy is a challenging task for all parents. Your post would help them in being cautious and keeping these tips in mind. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Exposing child to gadgets especially cellphone is consider se part of show off now a days and selecting the toys for learning is really not a child’s play your points will be eye opening for the parents

  4. It’s a great post and detailed information about good or quality toys. I am very choosy about buying toys. Your tips are very useful for choosing toys which are of great value for kids.

  5. It is very important to buy the right toys for kids. The points you have mentioned will help parents choose the right toys. Very informative post…

  6. Oh see this issue with children of my friends as well. I see them struggle just to feed them without a smartphone playing rhymes or some other stuff on phone. Once they get used to, its very difficult to make them stop but as you detailed them out necessary precautions and absolute care is necessary at times.

  7. I agree. Too many choices, too little time; some of my friends who are parents seem to struggle with that dilemma too. Though they don’t encourage only “online games”. 🙂 Informative post.

  8. This is a very informative post. Keeping kids engaged while making sure their health doesn’t suffer and their habits don’t spoil is a tough task. The right toys can help in their overall development to a good extent.

  9. Loved the details about why and how of buying toys! It took me a while to figure it out myself but now my approach is a mix and a balance. I think about the toy a lot more from my childs perspective than just as a mom. will she find this challenging enough, does this help in in any key skills and developments. Wonderful article Prisha

  10. So true, screens are becoming go-to options for parents.. it’s difficult to keep them engaged all day, but it’s extremely important.. very informative post

  11. Toys can be excellent learning tools if chosen diligently after proper research. I agree sometimes it might be important to touch and feel the toy and choose or let the child chosse. B?ut there are many online sitees also now which are helpful. Also the activity subscription boxes are another good option and there are toy libraries too. so I guess parents have many options to choose from and can difinetely keep kids away from gadgets.

  12. My kids play with each other and then their grandfather. And sometime their personal games. Still at some point my daughter 9 years old want to browse mobile for sometime and my boy 5 years old wants to play a game on mobile. I am totally against watching mobile but they nag. I guess because these gadgets they see around them all the time.And after taken blogging as a profession, I have to be on laptop and mobile most of the time. So it is just chnging times and your priorities that lead them to gadgets

  13. You have put together the absolute facts… Though I don’t have a child yet but I can agree with what you have mentioned in the post. Thank you for sharing the ideas!!

  14. This is such a great resource for moms with toddlers. Buying the right kind of toy which will hold a child’s interest more than a gadget is truly a hard task. Oh and that point about intolerance to a howling child – I so get that.

  15. Great post. These days kids are hooked on to so many gadgets that its difficult to distract them. But its important to get some educational and interesting toys to engage them.

  16. An amazingly useful and informative article. I will share on my mommy group. This is very very important important for all parents to read. Screen time is not good but excess is very bad.

  17. Wooden toys are perfect for young kids as they put everything in their mouth. Now a days there is so much of vareity available in the market that parents can pick whatever suits their kid’s interest.

  18. When it comes to choosing toys specially when one is going to the same toy store evry 6 montgs.. hence the choice of online. Great thought though on categorizing the toys based on skill

  19. My kids get obsessed over one toy at one point of time. Thus I always keep the others out of their reach. Once they have done justice to the toy at hand and have learned the skill required, I move on to the next one. Giving too many options to kids confuses them and shortens their span of attention. The other way is to give them options to chose from. Once they have picked up one, put the other one away and wait for them to get bored of it.

  20. I have 3year old kid. So this article came as enlightenment and came to know about many things I was not aware of. And of course it will help me to choose toy for him 🙂

  21. That’s a really important post for young parents many of whom I see have no qualms in handing phones or tablets to their young ones just to stay quiet and stop wailing.

  22. Very well put. I am a minimalist when it comes at buying stuff for self or even for kids. When it comes to toys, I try to get only toys that would 1) not harm their mental, physical or emotional health and 2) something that kids will enjoy to spend time with but also learn something simultaneously. Wooden toys are one of my favorites for the reason that they are no harm to the environment while serving the purpose of being a toy as well!

  23. Beautiful and helpful post! I believe every parent is switching to default parenting techniques with the use of technology and which is very much scary and playing a big role in affecting today’s generation. Yes, toys play vital role in children’s overall physical, mental, socio-emotional development. Great to know that, brands like Skola are helping parents to choose their child’s toyes wisely😊👍

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