We are in October and that means that many parents are already thinking of Christmas time, because of we them give our children, and that’s what you are going to tell family members who want to give something to our children.

I guess as parents by this time we are saying that in “This year, none of the toys”. And is that those who have children already a little older live in a continuous process of redistribution of toys, elimination when they are not using them and renewal when birthdays and dates.

And why, When we talk about children’s toys, often less is more.

An excess of toys is counterproductive

To explain this issue the first thing is to narrow the number starting with the much: more is less. When there are too many toys children tend to be little constants in their games, as if somehow they forced to go changing often to play with many of them, when it is more rewarding to spend a good time playing a concrete thing that motivates them, to go changing very often because they immediately leave a toy or game to go to the next.

On the other hand, if there are many toys, children may eventually always come to them to play, as if it wasn’t possible to play without toys. If this happens, your creativity and imagination are lazy; eye, of course, when they have toys they create and imagine, but When you have many, they do not have to create or imagine so much.

Moreover, it is difficult to find them all, site and somehow is going stacking and piling up, so that is a little lost the value of each one of them (at the risk of becoming increasingly capricious), and even the place. In many cases end up anywhere because they no longer fit, or on the ground, or in areas where the child does not arrive or seen… On the other hand, a more controlled number of toys will do everyone will have its particular place, that is easy to store them because it knows where to go and even for that reason, them you can see or pick up when you want to, It is the ideal.

Can a child live without toys?

Less is more, but to how much? Least of all is zero. Have zero toys. And not having any toy has to be better than having a few toys.

The reality is that, a child can live without toys because the important thing in children’s game. Children must play. Moreover, it is the right of children to do so. But play is not something that can be done exclusively with toys; You can do with them and without them. Or perhaps whenever you see them play they do it with a toy?

However, we know that toys are enabling elements of the game (usually because there are toys that don’t get that goal), and this is to say that being able to live a child without toys, it is advisable, if it can be, if you have some.

Often less is more

The case is that we don’t say “less is more”, but “Often less is more”, because it is the way of saying that If you have many, it is better to have less.

The reasons are those that have already started to explain above: so appreciate them, so they know where to go, so they will not be forgotten for being at the bottom of a box with lots of toys for you to see them and meet them, so that the excess of Visual stimuli do not overwhelm them (when you see lots of toys (, and often scattered, tend to be a little more “cluttered” in their way of being, to play, to behave…), so that they have space available on the ground to develop their games and they can focus on what currently passes through their heads, in the games that are dreaming, and to take out ‘the juice’ to every one of them.

As we say, have many toys can do that the game is more inconsistent and giving less space to creativity and inventiveness. Have a more limited number obliges children to get over themselves, to invent new scenarios, new stories and new ways to play with the same toys.

There are even parents that promote moments of game without toys so the children strive to create, make possible the game without them, inventing new ways to have fun (or how told Lola three days ago, families that directly eliminate them completely).

And it’s true that children must receive stimuli to develop their potential, but in many cases the stimuli are not few, but too many: too many drawings on TV, too much time with the tablet playing too many different games, too many toys, too many vagaries and at the end it turns out that if all expendable items are missing, they die of boredom because they don’t know what to do. And worst of all: often they die of boredom when you have all that and more, precisely because only they have never developed the innate ability of the children invent and create games of nothing (or a controlled number of toys).

If we give them the game chewed, they will never have to plant it, cultivate it, pick it up and eat it themselves. If they do not use their creativity, they will be without it, as many children and adults today.

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