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7 Reasons Why Kids Don't Need Toys


#1. It’s more fun to play with a box.


#2. No parent ever stubbed her toe on her child’s imagination.


#3. Running around outside is better exercise than playing with Lincoln Logs.


#4. A lot of toys sold in America today are actually toxic, some popular toys are made with lead and others contain endocrine-disrupting materials like phthalates that are restricted in Europe.


#5. They can scream as loud as they want in the back yard without giving anyone a headache.


#6. Many stuffed animals are made with synthetic materials that off gas. All stuffed animals collect dust. And some are made in factories in China where workers are terribly mistreated.


#7. Cost of Talking B-9 Remote Control Robot: $89.99. Cost of creative, imaginative play: $0.00

On the other hand, if your kids have lots of toys, chances are they won't be wearing the couch cushions on their heads

On the other hand, if your kids have lots of toys, chances are they won't be wearing the couch cushions on their heads




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Comments (9)

So true Jennifer! We always have the most fun when pretending or re-purposing household items into toys. Currently my pinkie finger is a fairy named Rose, according to my 4 yr old.
so true. we don't do toys with the exception of a couple of baby dolls. while they do tend to use household objects for creative play (which can certainly get annoying - don't know how many sets of measuring cups I've had to re-buy!) it really is rewarding to see their imaginations at work, and how *happy* they can be when they are playing. Also, I've got multiple kids and noticed that the moment a toy is introduced, fighting ensues, whereas when they need to find their own fun, everyone can be included without a fuss. They still have squabbles but nothing on the scale of toy squabbles.
We have very few toys!! What my kids love is the dress up bin of cast-away old clothes and costumes. Or their new thing is a large bin of fabrics that they use for everything from fashion design to fort building to capes. The best thing about this is yes, they use their imaginations. And there's so little to clean up!!
I'll sound like an old crotchety woman saying this, but I'm astounded at the number of toys kids have these days. We didn't have many and were regularly sent outside to play, read or generally get out of mum's hair. Fair enough too! .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Cheesemaking- Paneer Indian Cheese =-.
I applaud this post. Our consumer society would have parents think their kids need this or that plastic gadget, when playing with what is available is a much better solution. I know my kids loved making tents out of blankets thrown over furniture. Dress up was also an activity they loved. .-= Alexandra´s last blog ..An Unexpected Consequence of Divorce =-.
We've always been a pretty basic household as far as toys go. Our one big exception is the massive collection of Legos that have provided countless hours of creative play. .-= Kris Bordessa´s last blog ..AN Ukulele or A Ukulele =-.
So, so true. Children are so much more creative when they have less. There's just no doubt. The trouble is how to get this message across to well-meaning relatives. This has been our issue since our first was born. .-= Christine @ Origami Mommy´s last blog ..Escape =-.
This is our problem, too, Christine. I feel like our house is FULL of toys, way too many toys. Most of them come from well-meaning relatives, despite the gentle reminders that a visit to see us or an experience with one of our children is always a better gift.
#8: Rocks, sticks, and leaves have never been recalled for safety reasons. .-= Mama Em´s last blog ..Bucktown Baby Dress- Revisited =-.
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