As a general rule, parents are suckers when it comes to buying toys for kids. Toy companies know this and use every method available to prey on parents. They tell you what toys to buy for each developmental stage of your child’s life. They tell you that their toys will help your child develop important skills, like stacking stuff, creating daVinci level artwork, or defeating hoards of evil robot dinosaurs. Clearly I would never suggest that these skills are unimportant. However, parents should know that all of these skills and more, can be developed without any toys at all.
There are countless reasons why buying toys for your kids is stupid. I will only share a few of them, trust me though, there are more!
- Kids don’t really want toys. How many times have you bought your kid a toy and they played with the box or the wrapping instead. Even when they played with the toy, the fun only lasted a few hours, maybe a few days at the most.
- Kids like to play with things that are not toys. We have a play room full of toys, yet my kids want to play with the plastic food containers, the remote control, daddy’s laptop, or the baskets that the toys are supposed to be stored in.
- Nature provides free toys like sand, mud, stones, sticks, flowers, insects, and frogs. How could a toy be more fun that any of that?
- There are also a lot of crappy toys out there. Usually you don’t know how crappy a toy is until you’ve bought it, brought it home, and your kid has destroyed it while trying to figure out how it’s supposed to work. What’s the point?
- Kids prefer office supplies to toys. Really, office supplies are just toys for grownups. Kids are happy drawing, cutting, punching holes, stapling, and taping stuff.
- Toys end up being a safety hazard. How many times have you nearly maimed yourself stepping on cars, lego, blocks, or squeaky dolls? Toys are just not safe to have in the house.
Seriously folks, save your money. Forget the toys.