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Before having my son, I was determined!

Before having my son, I was determined to have a clean, tidy and organised living room 24×7 unlike the ones I had seen, taken over by toys.

But like all the other things I said, I would never do, it was difficult to avoid, once I was a parent. And I am thankful to God for having such a loving and caring family members. My children have always got all their best toys as gifts.

I have always tried to curtail their collection of toys. As a toddler, he had spent most of his time at home, playing with mixing bowl and measuring cups.

Before having my son, I was determined to have a clean living room 24×7.

As I watched him enjoying and playing with gift boxes and wrappings while ignoring the toys inside, I became curious about how many toys kids actually need. So I decided to do some research. Thanks to Google, I got answers to all my questions. 

As a mother, I am putting down all my finding related to toys, parenting, food and everything that a parent need to this blog. This will satisfy your curiosity and save your time.

Before having my son, I was determined to have a clean, tidy and organised house. here are all my finding to satisfy your curiosity and save your time.
As a mother, I am putting down all my finding related to toys, to this blog. This will satisfy your curiosity and save your time.

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Please Do read the part 1, to know the list of  occasions we buy toys.

Do read the part 2, list of mindset while buying the toys.

and Do read Part 3 of 3, Points to keep in mind while taking the final decision at the store.

A Happy childhood is the most precious gift we can give to our child.

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Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 3 of 3. (final decision)

Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 3 of 3. (Points to keep in mind while taking the final decision at the store.)


Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 3 of 3. (Points to keep in mind while taking the final decision at the store.)

Why do we buy toys for our children?As parents, practically, you don’t need a reason to buy toys. But is it the correct way? 

Please also read Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

No, it is not. We cross by the shop and we buy a toy because our child likes those building blocks or cars. 

Do read the part 1, to know the list of  occasions we buy toys.

Do read the part 2, list of mindset while buying the toys.

Part 3 of 3, Points to keep in mind while taking the final decision at the store.

Here we can list the things to keep in mind before paying the bill. As parents, please check:

  • Will this toy help my toddler grow intelligently? I know many parents selecting useful puzzle games, board games like chess, English learner laptop, robot games to help their toddlers grow intelligently.Guiding Puzzle Games :Example: Abacus, Maze Chase, Size Exploration Board & Shape Sorter – This interesting indoor game, help kids use their abilities & get the right shape & order for the toys.
  • Will this toy be serving the purpose or help in the present interests of my child? Parents choose infant and toddler toys based on educational value, child’s interest and also if the toy has an off switch. Educational value will be different for each child. I want to stress that this does not mean academic learning. If a child shows an interest in cooking then a play kitchen would be a good option. If the child is learning to walk then a toy they can push or stand at would be an option.
  • Does the toy serve multiple option?. Try to pick toys that allow for multiple options. A walking toy that has shaped blocks, or a kitchen that has a clock/timer so they start to understand the concept of time.
  • Is the toy safe for the intended child?

Buying specific toys for kids depends on kids interest & toy advantage to the kid growing age. As a parent I would have always decided to buy educational toys & games for my kids which can enhance their learning skills & motivate them to get social as well.Hope these points are of some use to you. Please mention in comments box, if you have any other mindset for buying toys.

A Happy childhood is the most precious gift we can give to our child.

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Toys*! Why do we buy toys* for our children? Part 2 of 3.

Toys*! Why do we buy toys* for our children? Part 2 of 3. (how do you decide what toys to purchase for your infants and toddlers?)

Why do we buy toys* for our children?As parents, practically, you don’t need a reason to buy a toy. But is it the correct way? 

Please also read Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

No, it is not. We cross by the shop and we buy a toy because our child likes those building blocks or cars. 

Do read the part 1, to know the list of  occasions we buy toys*.

Part 2 of 3

Why do we buy toys for our children?
Here we can list the mindset while buying the toys. As parents, while purchasing toys, these things are to be kept in mind:

Here we can list the mindset of parents, while purchasing toy or games:

  • Purpose: While purchasing or choosing from a collection of toys*, one should always remember the difference between a toy with no objective and a toy serving an objective. An objective oriented toy will stimulate the senses in a child, giving a chance to explore things around. Example: if your child likes cars or teddy bear, making a collection of the same will not stimulate the senses in the child.

  • Value for Money: With prices for many toys being high because of an associated “brand” value, it is wise to see if the toy really is worth the money paid in terms of entertainment or learning for the child. Check if the toy is relevant for an age as well as cultural perspective. Example: the same kind of board games are offered by many companies. If the packaging or the brand name is making the difference in price, please choose wisely.

  • Simple Toys: In the era of digitization, toys are getting more confusing and complex day by day. The golden rule for young children – the simpler it is, the more likely that they will enjoy it. Complex toys could potentially confuse the child by giving too many inputs simultaneously. So, keep it simple yet challenging.

  • Appeal: Fancy super colorful and filled with imagery could hit the eyes initially, but children are likely to just ignore all this after a couple of times of playing with it. Example: Kinder joy, children buy this chocolate for the excitement of getting the tiny attractions in the package, they play with it, for some time. Then it goes to some corner of the toy box. What will excite them, is the challenge. Classic examples are tops like bey-blades & fidget spinners. This catches the fancy of all older children, because they enjoy the challenges that these toys pose. For the younger children, wooden blocks/toys score really high on this factor of appeal.

  • Age Appropriate: Many a time when the toy is bought, it has all the features that an individual is looking for, but somehow it has not taken the child’s fancy fully. Usually the reason for this is that it may not be age appropriate. In the initial years, every phase for a child is critical, and every age group has some milestones to be fulfilled. So if the toy bought for the child is not appropriate to his or her age, he or she will either: (a) get bored fast if the toy is below their age, or (b) they may get irritated if the toy’s complexity is too much for them to handle. It is always wise to match children’s age to the appropriate toys to make their time joyful and interesting.

  • Safety: For obvious reasons safety is the greatest concern. Sometimes a child puts a toy in his or her month to explore and understand more about it. Unaware of any dangers due to sharp corners, the paint used on the toy, they choose to experiment with the toy. Keeping all this in mind it is necessary to look for preferably CE certified ones or the ones you have checked and assured keeping all the above points in mind.

  • Battery Operated Toys: Battery operated toys are made up of typically metal or plastic. These will obviously need periodic battery replacing. This is not environmentally friendly both in terms of the battery as well as the outer metal/ plastic case. Battery operated toys* also tend to take away the manual element in toys which young children need. Pressing buttons to move cars is less preferable to moving the car around manually. They also need a constant supply of batteries to work. 

  • Discovery and Exploration: While purchasing a toy, ensure it provides ample opportunities to explore and discover. When children start to discover different ways of playing with the toy, then they learn a lot while playing.

Buying specific toys for kids depends on kids interest & toy advantage to the kid growing age.

As a parent I would have always decided to buy educational toys & games for my kids which can enhance their learning skills & motivate them to get social as well.

Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 3 of 3. (final decision)

Hope these points are of some use to you. Please mention in comments box, your mindset for buying toys.

A Happy childhood is the most precious gift we can give to our child.

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बच्चे अपने जीवन में खिलौने* क्यों पसंद करते हैं?

बच्चे अपने जीवन में खिलौने क्यों पसंद करते हैं? यह उसी कारण से है जिस कारण हम वयस्क हमारे मनोरंजन के लिए चीजें चाहते हैं। खिलौने बच्चों और वयस्कों के जीवन में बहुत महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाते हैं। हम कार, बाइक, बेस्ट गैजेट, बेस्ट ड्रेस आदि रखना चाहते हैं। बच्चों के लिए यह जगह उनके खिलौनों से भर जाती है। एक बच्चे को अलग-अलग उम्र में अलग-अलग खिलौने पसंद आ सकते हैं।

खिलौने*? बच्चे अपने जीवन में खिलौने* क्यों पसंद करते हैं? यह उसी कारण से है जिस कारण हम वयस्क हमारे मनोरंजन के लिए चीजें चाहते हैं।

To read this article in english: Why do children like to have toys in their life?

खिलौने* बच्चों और वयस्कों के जीवन में बहुत महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाते हैं।

हम कार, बाइक, बेस्ट गैजेट, बेस्ट ड्रेस आदि रखना चाहते हैं।

बच्चों के लिए यह जगह उनके खिलौनों से भर जाती है।

एक बच्चे को अलग-अलग उम्र में अलग-अलग खिलौने पसंद आ सकते हैं।

जानिए कुछ ऐसे खिलौने* जो हर उम्र के पसंद आते हैं।

जानिए कुछ ऐसे खेल, जो किसी भी उम्र में पसंदीदा हैं:

कैरम:

कैरम (स्पेल्ड कैरम) भी दक्षिण एशियाई मूल का खेल आधारित प्रचलित है।

यह खेल भारत, बांग्लादेश, अफग़ानिस्तान, नेपाल, पाकिस्तान, श्रीलंका, अरब देशों और आसपास के क्षेत्रों में बहुत लोकप्रिय है, और विभिन्न भाषाओं में विभिन्न नामों से जाना जाता है।

दक्षिण एशिया में, कई क्लब और कैफे नियमित टूर्नामेंट आयोजित करते हैं। कैरम आमतौर पर बच्चों और सामाजिक स्तर में परिवारों द्वारा खेला जाता है।

शतरंज:

शतरंज एक दो-खिलाड़ी वाला खेल है जो एक बिसात पर खेला जाता है जिसमें 64 वर्गों को 8 × 8 ग्रिड में व्यवस्थित किया जाता है।

यह खेल दुनिया भर में लाखों लोगों द्वारा खेला जाता है। माना जाता है कि शतरंज 7 वीं शताब्दी से कुछ समय पहले भारतीय खेल चतुरंग से लिया गया था।

चतुरंगा पूर्वी रणनीति के खेल xiangqi, janggi, और शोगी का संभावित जनक भी हैं।

 लेगो:

लेगो का इतिहास लगभग 100 वर्षों का है, जिसकी शुरुआत 20 वीं शताब्दी की शुरुआत में लकड़ी के छोटे-छोटे नट बनाने से हुई थी।

डेनमार्क में प्लास्टिक लेगो ईंटों का निर्माण 1947 में शुरू हुआ।

 लूडो:

लूडो दो से चार खिलाड़ियों के लिए एक रणनीति बोर्ड गेम है, जिसमें खिलाड़ी एक ही डाई के रोल के अनुसार चार टोकन शुरू से अंत तक दौड़ते हैं।

अन्य क्रॉस और सर्कल गेम्स की तरह, लूडो भारतीय खेल पचीसी से लिया गया है, लेकिन यह सरल है।

खेल और इसकी विविधताएं कई देशों में कई और नामों से लोकप्रिय हैं।

साँप और सीढ़ी:

साँप और सीढ़ी एक प्राचीन भारतीय बोर्ड खेल है जिसे आज दुनिया भर में क्लासिक माना जाता है।

यह एक गेमबोर्ड पर दो या दो से अधिक खिलाड़ियों के बीच खेला जाता है, जिसमें गिने-चुने वर्ग होते हैं।

बोर्ड पर कई “सीढ़ी” और “सांप” चित्रित किए गए हैं, जिनमें से प्रत्येक में दो विशिष्ट बोर्ड वर्ग हैं।

खेल सरासर भाग्य पर आधारित एक सरल दौड़ है, और छोटे बच्चों के साथ लोकप्रिय है। 

बच्चे अपने जीवन में खिलौने* क्यों पसंद करते हैं? यह उसी कारण से है जिस कारण हम वयस्क हमारे मनोरंजन के लिए चीजें चाहते हैं।

बच्चे कई कारणों से खिलौनों से जुड़ते हैं:

  • खिलौने बच्चों को सुखद समय और खुश यादों के साथ जोड़ देते हैं।
  • खिलौने जो बच्चे को वास्तविक जीवन की गतिविधियों से जुड़ने या उनकी नकल करने की सुविधा देते हैं, बच्चों को सबसे अच्छे लगते हैं।।
  • यह एक दोस्त के रूप में, बच्चे के जीवन में एक महत्वपूर्ण स्थान को भरता है।
  • खिलौने सामाजिक समारोह में भी उन्हें व्यस्त रखते हैं।
  • बच्चे सुरक्षित महसूस करते हैं, अगर उनके पास उनका खिलौना है।
  • आपने देखा होगा कि एक बच्चा नई जगह पर, ऊबने की शिकायत करने लगता है। इस तरह की स्थितियों में, अगर उसके पास अपना खिलौना है, तो यह शिकायत इतनी जल्दी नहीं आ सकती है।
  • खिलौने उनकी कल्पना शक्ति को बढ़ाए हैं और साथ ही उनकी काल्पनिक कहानियों में पत्र बनकर मदद करते हैं।
  • अन्य बच्चों के साथ बातचीत शुरू करने के लिए भी खिलौने* महत्वूर्ण साधन है।

हर उम्र में हर बच्चे के लिए हमेशा एक पसंदीदा खिलौना होता है। बच्चा खिलौने* से जुड़ा हुआ महसूस करता है। कृपया नीचे दिए गए टिप्पणी बॉक्स में उल्लेख करें आपको कौन सा खेल या खिलौना पसंद है।

खुश रहना हर बच्चे का अधिकार है।

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खिलौना/खिलौने क्यों महत्वपूर्ण हैं?

खिलौना/खिलौने, खेल और पहेली में कई प्रकार की सामग्री शामिल होती है, जिससे बच्चे खोज सकते हैं, एक साथ रख सकते हैं, खींच सकते हैं और धक्का दे सकते हैं, जोड़ और बना सकते हैं – कभी-कभी लंबे समय तक वो एक ही तरह के खिलौने से अलग अलग तरह का खेल खेल लेते हैं।

To read in English: Why toys, games and puzzles are important?

उपयुक्त खिलौने बच्चों को नए कौशल का अभ्यास करने का अवसर देते हैं जैसे कि छोटे छेद में मोती डालना, रंग भरना, चित्र बनाना ये सब नए कौशल विकसित करने में मदद करते हैं।

 खिलौने परिवार में बच्चे की देखभाल की एक बुनियादी आवश्यकता है।

एक अच्छा खिलौना वह है जिसे एक से अधिक तरीकों से इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है।

वास्तव में जितनी ज्यादा तरह से ऐसे खिलौनों का उपयोग किया जा सकता है, वे अधिक समय तक एक बच्चे के लिए रुचिकर होंगे।

और आपके निवेश का अधिक मूल्य देंगे। यही कारण है कि ब्लॉक वाले खिलौने, रंगीन पैटर्न ब्लॉक, गुड़िया घर और लोगों या जानवरों के सेट इतने लोकप्रिय हैं।

एक अच्छा खिलौना बच्चों द्वारा विकास के विभिन्न चरणों में उपयोग किया जा सकता है। बच्चे उन्हें विभिन्न तरीकों से उपयोग कर सकते हैं।

उदाहरण के लिए, 1 साल की उम्र और 4 साल के बच्चे दोनों नेस्टिंग ट्यूब का आनंद लेते हैं।

1 साल की उम्र में आम तौर पर इन खिलौनों को अपने मुंह में डालते हैं, उन्हें देखे रहते हैं,  छोड़ देते हैं देखने कि क्या होता है, या बस उन्हें कंटेनर में डुबो देते हैं।

4 साल की उम्र में बच्चे nesting tube को एक साथ फिट करेंगे, उनके साथ विस्तृत डिजाइन और संरचनाएं बनाएंगे या प्रत्येक टुकड़े से रंग का नाम सीखेंगे।

खिलौनों का उपयोग करके सीखे जाने वाले कई कौशल बाद में स्कूली शिक्षा के लिए तैयार करने में मदद करते हैं।

उदाहरण:जब बच्चे खिलौनों के साथ खेलते हैं तो वे गणित, पैटर्न और दिशा के बारे में सीखते हैं।

यहां कुछ तरीके दिए गए हैं जिनसे बच्चे खिलौने के साथ खेलकर बड़े होंगे और विकसित होंगे।

खिलौना/खिलौने बच्चों में सोचने का कौशल विकसित करते हैं:

  • एक खिलौने का पता लगाने के लिए उनकी संवेदनाओं का उपयोग करना (प्लास्टिक पर अंगूठी चलाना)
  • आकार में रंगों की पहचान करना (रंग खिलौनों के साथ खेलना या geometric आकृतियों की तरह खेल का उपयोग करना)
  • निर्देशन सीखना (पहेली के  टुकड़े जोड़ना ताकि वे एक साथ फिट हों)
  • आकार के आकार या कार्य के अनुसार वस्तुओं को वर्गीकृत करना (बटन बॉक्स के साथ खेलना और बॉक्स में बटन गिराना)
  • रचनात्मक होना और समस्या को हल करना (stick up and set के साथ एक स्पेसशिप बनाने की कोशिश करना)
खिलौने, खेल और पहेली में कई प्रकार की सामग्री शामिल होती है, जिससे बच्चे खोज सकते हैं, एक साथ रख सकते हैं, खींच सकते हैं और धक्का दे सकते हैं/ खिलौना
खिलौना

बच्चे सामाजिक रूप से विकसित होते हैं:

  • अपने खिलौने को साथ मिल कर खेलना
  • सहकारी रूप से खेलना (दूसरे बच्चे के साथ ludo खेलना)
  • जिम्मेदारी लेना (सामग्री का सावधानीपूर्वक उपयोग करना और उन्हें उनके उचित स्थानों पर वापस रखना)

बच्चे भावनात्मक रूप से विकसित होते हैं:

  • अपनी स्वयं की शक्ति का अनुभव करना (एक खिलौने को प्लास्टिक के हथौड़े से मारना और उसे हिलते हुए देखना)
  • एक कार्य पूरा करके संतुष्टि प्राप्त करना (सफलतापूर्वक एक लकड़ी की puzzle को पूरा करना)
  • कल्पना और रचनात्मकता का विस्तार करना (अद्वितीय डिजाइन बनाने के लिए do it yourself  का उपयोग करना)

बच्चे शारीरिक रूप से विकसित होते हैं:

  • छोटी मांसपेशियों के कौशल का उपयोग करना 
  • दृश्य कौशल का अभ्यास करना
  • आँख और हाथ के तालमेल विकसित करना (लकड़ी की मोतियों को कसना)

जब बच्चों के पास खिलौनों के साथ खेलने का समय होता है

तो वे अलग अलग तरह से उस खिलौने का उपयोग सीखते हैं।

वे कई अवधारणाओं को सीखते हैं और मज़े और खेल में महत्वपूर्ण कौशल विकसित करते हैं।

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खिलौने? क्या बच्चों को खिलौनों से भरा कमरा चाहिए? पुनर्विचार। 

खिलौने? क्या बच्चों को खिलौनों से भरा कमरा चाहिए? पुनर्विचार करें।

इस तरह से मैं हर बार खुद का मूल्यांकन करती हूं

जब मैं एक खिलौने की दुकान से गुजरती हूं

और मेरी बेटी मेरी तरफ बहुत आशा और उत्साह के साथ देखती है।

क्या बच्चों को खिलौनों से भरा कमरा चाहिए? पुनर्विचार करें। इस तरह से मैं हर बार खुद का मूल्यांकन करती हूं, जब मैं एक खिलौने की दुकान से गुजरती हूं और मेरी बेटी मेरी तरफ बहुत आशा और उत्साह के साथ देखती है।

लेकिन भगवान को  धन्यवाद, मेरे बच्चे अब समझते हैं, उन्हें बाजार में देखे जाने वाले प्रत्येक खिलौने* को खरीदने की आवश्यकता नहीं है।

मैं कुछ तरीके साझा करूंगी, यह उन पर दबाव डाले बिना या उन्हें वंचित महसूस किए बिना किया जा सकता है।

To read in English: Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

खिलौने की जरूरत का मूल्यांकन:

हम सभी के लिए बच्चों के साथ घूमने के लिए सबसे अच्छी जगह डिज्नी लैंड हो सकती है।

एक शॉपिंग कॉम्प्लेक्स में एक बच्चे के लिए सबसे अच्छी जगह एक खिलौने* की दुकान या एक खेल क्षेत्र हो सकता है।

एक रिसॉर्ट में सबसे अच्छी जगह मैदान हो सकता है।

प्लेस्कूल में सबसे अच्छी जगह खिलौने* के कमरे हो सकते हैं।

लेकिन क्या हमने कभी सोचा है कि एक औपचारिक स्कूल में स्पोर्ट्स रूम, पसंदीदा की सूची में कभी क्यों नहीं आता है?

बस समय में वापस जाओ, और हमें क्या मिलेगा? यह की एक स्कूल में होने वाली पसंदीदा जगहों की सूची में हमेशा शीर्ष पर रहने वाला खेल मैदान ही था।

घर पर खिलौनों के सर्वोत्तम स्रोत:

बच्चों को खिलौने मिलते हैं, उनके परिवार से, दोस्तों से और अब तो मैकडॉनल्ड्स में खाने के साथ भी मिलता है।

वे इन खिलौनों के साथ थोड़ी देर खेलते हैं और फिर यह उनकी अलमारी में जगह घेरता है।

 ऐसा नहीं है कि बच्चे अपने खिलौनों से नहीं खेलते, वे खेलते हैं।

लेकिन वे जल्द ही ऊब जाते हैं।

और एक बार जब बच्चे अपने खिलौनों से ऊब जाते हैं, तो बस इसे अलमारी के बड़े संग्रह में जोड़ देते हैं।

 आपके बच्चे के पास खिलौनों से भरा एक अलमीरा हो सकता है, दो कारणों से:

यह सबसे अच्छा उपहार है जो एक बच्चे को खुश करता है।

मुआवजे के रूप में यह सबसे अच्छी चीज है।

हममें से कुछ लोगों की यह धारणा भी है कि अगर किसी बच्चे के पास अधिक खिलौने* हैं, तो उसका मतलब है कि वह खुश है।

लेकिन हम कभी-कभी इस बिंदु को याद करना चाहिए कि आपके बच्चे को किस तरह के खिलौने की जरूरत है।

और वह कौन सी चीज है जो हमारे बच्चे मांगते हैं?

उत्तर: खेलने का समय।

उनकी अलमारी में रखे जाने वाले खिलौनों को खेलने का समय। बाहर जाने और खुले में खेलने का समय।

मिट्टी में खेलने और गंदे होने का समय, और यह सभी उस उम्र के लिए सच और सही है।

बस उन्हें खेलने का समय दें, वे अधिक खुश रहेंगे।

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Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 1 of 3.

Why do we buy toys for our children?As parents, practically, you don’t need a reason to buy toys. But is it the correct way? 

Please also read Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

No, it is not. We cross by the shop and we buy a toy because our child likes those building blocks or cars.

Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 1 of 3.

 Following could to some of the occasions we buy toys:

  • It is our child’s birthday, or any such occasion.
  • It is sibling’s birthday, and we don’t want the other child in the house to feel left out, so we buy two of them.
  • We are visiting a mall or shopping for something else and our child starts to disturb us. To do our work uninterrupted, we buy a diversion for our kid.
  • We are going outstation, and ourchild is not enjoying the event or trip, we buy one more diversion. Even if we have a shelf full at home.
  • We are with some friends and they bought a toy for their child, so we get influenced to buy one for our kid, because we must. (sounds crazy, but how many of us can say NO, to this)
  • If we have siblings fighting for the toys at home most of the time, we buy two toys next time, to avoid any fighting at home.
  • We are we happy for some reason, we buy toys for our kids
  • We are feeling  guilty of scolding, we buy toys.
  • Child got hurt, we buy toys to calm him or her down.
As parents/elders we are in these situations when we can not avoid gifting a new toy to our child. They deserve to have toys with them. Because it is their age to enjoy and play with toys.

As parents/elders we are in these situations when we can not avoid gifting a new toy to our child. They deserve to have toys with them. Because it is their age to enjoy and play with toys. 

But can we just avoid doing it too much? 

Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 1 of 3.

These points are not mentioned here,to stop giving toys to our children.

Read the above points again and you might notice, some buying could have been avoided.

Some suggestions, for the next time there is an urge to buy toys:

  • What’s the occasion?
  • Can buy a team game, instead of buying individual toys? (this might create a better environment at home. )
  • What kind of toy, my child is most interested in?
  • Do I really have to buy toys of the same nature, and make a collection of the same. ( if your child loves car, do you really need to buy twenty more cars, and make a collection out of it. Are you not limiting his or her imagination.)
  • Am I buying this toy because i like it and i want my child to like it too. (if this is the reason, please buy  that toy, and make sure you play that game with your child.)
  • Am I buying it as a showoff? (it is always better to develop the habit of sharing between the kids. 
  • If you are feeling happy, give some time to your child. Your time is more valuable than the toy.
  • You have scolded your child for some reason, don’t buy gifts, take him outdoors, play with him, and slowly tell him your good intentions, worries and reason behind that scolding.
  • Child is hurt, and this might divert his attention. (very personal choice and differ from child to child)

Hope these points are of some use to you. Please mention in comments box if you have any other reason for buying toys, to the kids who already have plenty of toys to play.

Do read the part 2, list of mindset while buying the toys.

Do read Why do we buy toys for our children? Part 3 of 3. (final decision)

A Happy childhood is the most precious gift we can give to our child.

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Lesser toys will be more fruitful for the child’s development.

Development of a child will be more with lesser toys. While most of the space in our child’s almirah is filled with toys, we can become wise parents and learn to limit the number of toys that our kids have to play with.

Toys are not something to just play with. Toys form the building blocks for our child’s future and development. They teach our children about the world and about themselves. They send messages and communicate values. So, intelligent and wise parents think about what foundation is being laid by the toys that are given to their kids. And they want toys that lead to development of the child.

Wise parents also think about the number of toys that children are given. They understand that fewer toys will actually benefit their child’s development in the long-term:

  • Children learn to be more organised. They  live in a cleaner, tidier home. If you have children, you know that toy clutter can quickly take over an entire home. Fewer toys results in a less-cluttered, cleaner, healthier home.
Lesser toys will be more fruitful for the child's development. Having lesser toys, is a better idea to give your child a childhood full of learning. It is not that toys are not important for a child. They are important. But, we don't have to keep giving them a toy in the very first chance we get. Lesser toys will lead to better development of a child.

  • Increase in the creativity of a child. Too many toys prevent kids from fully developing their gift of imagination.  Although boredom set in during the initial stages of the experiment, the children soon began to use their basic surroundings to invent games and use imagination in their playing.
Lesser toys will be more fruitful for the child’s development.
  • Children learn perseverance. Children who have too many toys give up too quickly. If they have a toy that they can’t figure out, it will quickly be discarded for the sake of a different, easier one. Kids with fewer toys learn perseverance, patience, and determination.
Lesser toys will be more fruitful for the child’s development.
  • Children become less selfish. Kids who get everything they want believe they can have everything they want. 

  •  Kids establish better social skills. Children with fewer toys learn how to develop interpersonal relationships with other kids and adults. They learn the give and take of a good conversation. 

  • Children develop a sense of responsibility for their belongings. When kids have too many toys, they will naturally take less care of them. They will not learn to value them if there is always a replacement ready at hand. If you have a child who is constantly damaging their toys, just take a bunch away. He will quickly learn.
Lesser toys will be more fruitful for the child’s development.
  • Children experience more of nature. Children who do not have a basement full of toys are more apt to play outside and develop a deep appreciation for nature. They are also more likely to be involved in physical exercise which results in healthier and happier bodies.

  •  Due to Fewer options to play, kids develop a habit of reading, writing a learning faster than children who have lots of games to occupy their time. Fewer toys allows your children to love books, music, coloring, and painting. And a love for art will help them better appreciate beauty, emotion, and communication in their world.

  • Kids become more resourceful. Fewer toys causes children to become resourceful by solving problems with only the materials at hand. And resourcefulness is a gift with unlimited potential.
Lesser toys will be more fruitful for the child’s development.
  • Kids argue with each other less. This may seem counter-intuitive. Many parents believe that more toys will result in less fighting, because, there are more options available. However, the opposite is true far too often. Siblings argue about toys.

  •  Kids learn to find satisfaction outside of the toy store. True joy and contentment will never be found in the aisles of a toy store. Children need encouragement to live counter-cultural lives finding joy in things that truly last.

  • Increase in the attention span of a child. When too many toys are introduced into a child’s life, their are unable to pay attention to one set of toys. This decreases the attention span to a child. A child will rarely learn to fully appreciate the toy in front of them when there are countless options.

Having lesser toys, is a better idea to give your child a childhood full of learning. It is not that toys are not important for a child. They are important. But, we don’t have to keep giving them a toy in the very first chance we get.

Alternatively, we should limit the number of toys, and give our child a chance to explore things around him.

For more related questions also read:

Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

Why toy, games and puzzles are important?

Why do children like to have toys in their life?

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Why do children like to have toys in their life?

Why do children like to have toys in their life? The reason is same to which we as adults want things as our recreations. Toys play a very important part in the life of a child and an adult.

We want to have cars, bikes, best gadgets, best dresses etc. For a child toys fill that space.

One can have a liking for different toys at different ages. Some open-ended toys are favorite of every age.

Snakes and ladders is a ancient Indian game. The game is a simple race based on sheer luck, and is popular with young children.

Children connect to toys for many reasons:

  • A can child can associate toys with happy times and happy memories.
  • Games and toys which lets the child connect or imitate real life activities, will be best.
  • Toys that connect to some of the real situations will be much more memorable and useful to them.
  • It fills the space needed by the child, as a friend. 
  • Toys keep them busy even in a social gathering. 
  • They feel secure, if they have their toy is with them.
  • We have seen our kids complaint about getting bored, in a new place many times, in these kind of situations, if he has his toys around, he will not complaint of being bored.
  • Toys help them with their imagination.
  • Toys are a medium for our child to start conversations with other children.

Some of the open ended games, which are favorite of any age are:

  • Carrom: This game is very popular in India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Arabian countries and surrounding areas. In South Asia, many clubs and cafés hold regular tournaments of carrom. It can be played by everyone in the family.
  • Chess: Chess is a two-player strategy board game. It has 8×8 grid. Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game Chaturanga.
  •  Lego: The history of Lego spans nearly 100 years, beginning with the creation of small wooden playthings during the early 20th century.
  •  ludo: Ludo is a strategy board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to the rolls of a single die. Ludo is also derived from the Indian game Pachisi. The game and its variations are popular in many countries and under various names.
  • Snake and ladder: Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game. It is world classic today. The object of the game is to navigate one’s game piece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes, respectively. The game is a simple race based on sheer luck, and is popular with young children.

There is always a favourite toy for every child at every age. Child feels connected with the toy. Please mention in the comment box below which is your favourite toy or game to play. 

Happy childhood is every child’s right.

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Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink.

Toys, Do children need a room full of toys? Rethink. This is how I evaluate myself every time when I pass by a toy store and my two sets of twinkling eyes look at me with so much of hope and excitement. But Thanks to God, my children now understand, they don’t need to own every toy they see in the market.

Evaluating need of toys:  

Best place for all of us to visit with kids could be Disney land. The best place for a child in a shopping complex could be a toy shop or a play zone. That in a resort could be play arena. The best place in playschool may be toys rooms.

But have we ever wondered why Sports Room, in a formal school, never comes under this lists of favorites?

Just go back in time, and what did we find? It was the sports ground that was always at the top in the list of favorite places to be in a school.

Best sources of toys at home: 

Children get toys, from their family, friends and now a days even food joints like McDonalds. They play with these toys  for a while and then it occupies a space in their almirah.

 It is not that kids don’t play with their toys, they do.

 Your child might have an almirah full of toys, due to two reasons:

  • It’s the best gift that makes a child happy. 
  • It’s the best thing we provide as compensation. 

Some of us also have a notion, that if a child possess more toys means he is happy.

But we sometimes miss the point, what kind of toy does your child need.

And What is the thing that our children ask for?

Answer: Time to play.

Our children need time to play with the toys. They need time to go out and play in open. Also time to play and get dirty in soil, and this stays true for all ages.

Just give them time to play, they will be happier.

Please comment if you agree to this thought.

Happy childhood is every child’s right.

All the best wishes to you on this amazing journey. This will surely give us easy life.

If these tips help you in finding your answer, please comment. You can also comment, if you are having any other questions related to parenting.