Having fewer toys is better for your kids, REALLY!

Having fewer toys is better for your kids, REALLY!

Having fewer toys is better for your kids, REALLY!

Having fewer toys gives kids a better quality of playtime, according to a new study. Toddlers with just a few toys were more creative and focus than tots with more choices, says the research published in the journal of Infant Behavior & Development.

University of Toledo researchers gave kids under age 3 either four toys or 16 toys and recorded their playing habits. “When provided with fewer toys in the environment, toddlers engage in longer periods of play with a single toy, allowing better focus to explore and play more creatively,” researchers said. Fewer toys “promotes development and healthy play,” they concluded. The findings may be reason to skimp on stocking stuffers — but there is another option. Simply keeping more toys in storage also helps rein in the attention spans of toddlers. (The Guardian)

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