Children's need to play has lead to the development of a booming toy industry.Children often know what is best for them and that we as a parent should take the trouble to observe what they really want and need.
My child doesn't
play with his toys
need to play has lead to the development of a booming toy industry. Today,
parents are confronted with a bewildering array of toys, each more interesting
and well-packaged than the other. As a result, they inevitably end up spending
quite a bit of money trying to make their children happy. However, they
often find, to their surprise, that the child may not be quite as enthusiastic
about his new possession as they thought. After a casual glance or a bang,
he may not show any interest at all.
bought a little Snoopy dog for Rs .300. Although it is sturdy and attractive
my one-year-old son does not admire it at all. We also bought an expensive
squeeze toy, again with disappointing results, although toy manufacturers claim it helps in hand co-ordination and grasp. But, my child is really
not interested in it.
My child prefers
to play with old and used things
On the other
hand, he is more excited by used plastic shampoo bottles, kitchen items
like spoons, egg beaters, pens, soap boxes, biscuit wrappers, cello-tape
roll, woolen threads, scissors and just about any thing he can get his
hands on. Some of these are discarded items, which will find their way
into the dustbin. I was wondering why I should waste hundreds of rupees
on toys that create no interest at all. Perhaps, child psychologists could
explore this topic further! I checked with a couple of other parents to
know whether this is true of their children also. I found that they also
had often bought expensive toys, sometimes with no encouraging results.
all these toy companies must have put in lot of effort and money to create
newer and newer toys every year. They will also be disheartened to hear
about it. According to psychologists, toys are not just playthings but
are supposed to aid mental growth and development. This is especially true
for children between the ages of six months to three years. There are now
toys suitable for one-day-old children to 12-year-old children in the market.
However, I feel that by sheer common sense we can infer a few things from
our children's behavior.
child requires some thing that he can easily manipulate and handle. Soap
boxes, shampoo bottles, biscuit wrappers, etc. all fall into that category.
Yes, may be they are not toys in the strictest sense, but the children
are quite happy playing with them. The Snoopy dog that I brought is certainly
my opinion, the children may be unable to relate to many of the toys as
they are not inherently Indian, but draw their inspiration from the West.
There may be
another compelling reason. When children throw or bang expensive toys on
the floor or walls, we try to prevent them from doing so either because
it is costly or because we want them to know that it's expensive. Some
parents even lock such expensive toys inside cupboards. That is why we
find so many toys intact in houses where children have grown up.
I find that toys made by little known or small-scale units become favourites
of our children. Anyway, this piece is not intended to discourage any discerning
parent from buying toys made by multinationals or to prove that locally
made toys excite children more than others do. But this is only to remind
parents that children often know what is best for them and that we should
take the trouble to observe what they really want and need.
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