Most minimalist parents strive to find a happy medium when it comes to their kids’ toy clutter. They want their kids to be kids but don’t think having hundreds of toys is the way to go. So how do you create a minimalist home with less toys and more creativity? Here are some practical, simple to execute strategies for building a more creative play environment for your kids.
In an article written for Psychology Today, a study of kids and toys was discussed. Read the full article. Here is a quick breakdown of the findings:
It’s no surprise that less toys meant more creativity for kids. After all, the benefits of less clutter has proven to reduce anxiety and depression in adults.
If you have younger kids, downsizing toys is relatively simple It’s when the children are a little bit older that you might face some power struggles. There are two basic questions to ask when deciding what goes and what stays
As parents, it’s important that we’re honest with ourselves about what is not being played with and what is not increasing their creativity. It can prove to be difficult on parents who attach a financial value to the toys in their home. “This cost $50, I’m not getting rid of it!”
While this monetary struggle can be difficult, it also could prove helpful in future situations when you find yourself tempted to spend significant money on a toy.
There are different things you can do to encourage delcuttering depending on your child’s age.
For older kids:
For younger kids:
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There are several standard toys that help promote creativity in kids. It may be a good idea to keep these toys on hand or to encourage them in the future. There are also other areas to play or explore that can be extremely helpful in promoting creativity in your children.
Remember that playtime doesn’t just have to be in a playroom or even with toys! Letting your kids play in the mud, help with gardening, baking in the kitchen or even helping with dishes can keep them busy, and you are sure to have less toys and more creativity.
Don’t ever underestimate the importance of teaching your children basic life skills. Not only will they benefit as adults, but one on one life lessons help them grow more creative and independent while they are young.
Great ideas for out of playroom play time:
The options are endless when it comes to toy-free learning. Sometimes you just have to get creative.
If you are hoping for a home with less toys and more creativity, make sure your kids know this is a good thing.
More than anything your kids want time with you, don’t deprive them of that luxury. There are so many ways that you can play with or be involved in their learning without them feeling like it’s learning.