Why Buying Toys for your Kids is Stupid

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nature provides free toys like sand, mud, stones, sticks, flowers, insects, and frogs. How could a toy be more fun that any of that?
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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6 Responses to Why Buying Toys for your Kids is Stupid

  1. This is very true! I load the stroller for my little one I nanny and it never fails that the sticks and grass catch her attention versus the pretty princess books or musical toys:/

  2. Shel says:

    Oh, Legos! How I despise Legos! They lie in wait on my son’s floor for my unsuspecting bare feet! You’ve hit this dead-on. Kids want toys until they get them home. Then you end up with a very expensive yard sale inventory.

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