Parents worry about their kids playing with too many toys at once, too young a toy to play with, and too many different toys. They worry about them getting tired of a toy or making them into their own little set-it-and-go-home-play toy.
But the truth is, kids play with toys for a variety of reasons, not just to replace what they’re putting away at bedtime. It can be a way to pass time when you’re busy, to keep your kiddo occupied during a boring family dinner, or simply because you enjoy throwing in a few toys in the big ‘ol “I’ll play with them when they’re old and gray” bucket.
But too much of anything can eventually backfire on you. Harmful toys are no exception. So what are you supposed to do if your children ask for or play with a bunch of toys at once? What kind of toys should you avoid as much as you can? Read on to learn more about harmful toys and how to keep your kids safe from them.
What Are Harmful Toys?
Harmful toys are toys that are bad for your kids. They can be dangerous, having small parts that are easy to misplace, or just packed with lots of noise and flashing lights that can distract a child.
Kids tend to grow out of toys quicker than you’d like, meaning you’ll likely end up with a load of toys unbalmed and scattered around the house. This can lead to a cluttered mind and a toy-saturated home.
To avoid harmful toys, pay particular attention to the following:
Toys with small parts make it harder for kids to keep track of. Make sure all parts are contained in a toy that is easy to store and take care of.
Kids are more likely to misplace toys when they’re in a large, warm, playful crowd. A Crowded Home Is a Crowded Mind – When kids are playing with toys in a big, loud group, they’re more likely to lose track of which toy they have in their hands.
Stuffed animals, soft play things, and toys with characters are popular with kids. These tend to have small parts that can get lost or out of control. Make sure the toys you buy are not only durable, but made of safe materials.
Big, Bad, and Loud Toy
Thinking about getting a giant, loud toy for your growing child? You’re probably better served getting something smaller and quieter. Big, loud toys are often intended for little kids, and they can actually become a distraction for young kids.
A small, quiet, plastic airplane can be just as effective at keeping a child’s attention. And these days, there are plenty of small, quiet airplane toys available, too.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to loud and big toys is this: The louder the better, as long as it’s not too loud for the little ears in your house.
Kids Can Be Tricky
Even though kids love to play with toys, they’re often at their best when they’re playing by themselves. This is when they’re most likely to discover new interests, play skillfully, and use their brain.
When it comes to toys, kids are notorious for tiring of them quickly. It doesn’t mean they don’t love them – they just get bored easily with the same toys over and over again.
Always Keep an Eye Out for Harmful Toys
Every time your child brings home a new toy, inspect it carefully to make sure it’s in good shape. If it’s not in good shape, don’t buy it for your child. They can tell you exactly what toys are harmful and which ones aren’t.
If you spot a toy that you think needs a good home, tell the seller what you think. Most kids outgrow toys fairly quickly, so it’s a good idea to let a toy go when they’re done using it.
And if you think your child has a harmful toy, you can report it to the toy company and ask them to remove it from sale. This is often how the process works in the United States.
How to Tell if Your Child Has a Harmful Toy or Set
Here’s an easy way to tell if your child has a harmful toy or set: Ask them.
If your child always points to a toy and asks “What’s that?”, it’s a good indication that they’ve found a harmful one.
Kids develop an immunity to toxins pretty quickly, meaning they’re more likely to be exposed to harmful toys as they grow up. However, it’s also important for parents to avoid harmful toys.
When it comes to toys, the good news is that there are few rules that can’t be broken. You can teach your child to use a fork safely, give a smaller child their own stroller, or play with smaller toys while they’re still small.
A great way to start protecting your kids from harmful toys is to simply avoid getting them too many toys in the first place. And remember: The more you play with toys, the more your kids will play with toys.