Infant Toddler Products, Kids, Toy Reviews

Why You Should Stop Buying Expensive Branded Toys For Kids

Why You Should Stop Buying Expensive Branded Toys For Kids
Photo by Sandy Millar on Unsplash

Imagine walking down the aisle of your favorite “go-to-mall”, got your eyes fixed on the Toy Store you love with your jaw-dropping on the floor over the prices you see and probably, wanting to buy these expensive toys for kids! Especially, having a partner who loves collecting toys, it is fun to plan toys that they think the future kids would love. But, on the other hand, it is impractical, non-psychological and not creative.

On a daily basis, there are a lot of necessities added to live happily and well-balanced. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: physical survival needs, physical safety needs, love and belonging needs, self-esteem and self-fulfilled are the five Fundamental things a person needs to have. Shelter and healthy food are some of the things that are needed to secure a lot of money.

Would you buy expensive toys for your little ones and give them fast food? Of course not! It would be impractical to think of buying expensive toys where you can help them be imaginative and creative at the same time. Since these shiny plastic toys for kids and battery devices can kill our children’s imagination, try giving the practical play they need. It might sound thrifty, but it will help the kids build their creativity, social skills, and intelligence quotient.

You may try to give them alternatives, such as art supplies, building blocks, and musical instruments. Some parents think toys are needed to help children focus on something so parents can do other things while pampering them. 

When saying “toys,” people eventually think about cars, dolls, action figures, and so on… But art supplies, books, building blocks, and musical instruments are also part of the toys. Help them be imaginative using art supplies and books. Meanwhile, building blocks help children develop their vocabularies, improve math skills, and even teach them about gravity, balance, and geometry. Furthermore, musical instruments will help them create and explore ideas since it creates pathways in their brain.

Physical interaction with your children will build their character and attitude instead of the toys just on their hands. They will further develop their intrapersonal skills since they will see their parents as their role models and partners. Moreover, playing with children will create a strong bond between parent and child. The intimacy between will be the foundation of their relationship. It can build a child full of love, respect, and satisfaction, which if this is founded strongly then, the child will not look satisfaction and acceptance to anything or on their surroundings.

Thus, the toys will not be a hindrance to their attention for them to listen to parents because of that strong connection. To wrap this up, expensive toys or toys may help your child enjoy but, giving them real joy and satisfaction through you by playing with them will have a significant impact on them. It will help you create a child with a strong personality. 

Furthermore, it will not give you any headache since toys can be a part of the expenses that aren’t necessary to buy. Let the child know that having toys for kids are not as important as the things they need to survive, such as food and shelter. Lastly, those suggested practical toys mention will develop the brain of the child to bring the innate intelligence they have.

As for gift giving, especially in special occasions, your kids may learn about customizable gifts as they grow up. They can create their own or ask an artisan to build it for them. An example of this would be bobbleheads that look like you. These figures can be expensive depending on the manufacturer, but if you taught them how to distinguish legitimate sellers and products that offer great value for money, they should be fine.

Those things have the best effect on children than those expensive toys. Unless, you want to your money be on a garbage bag because of buying expensive toys for kids that will, later, be damaged? If I could choose, I would choose the practical one.

Easter, Kids, STEM Learning, Toy Reviews

Easter Gifts: Creatto Light-Up Crafting Kits

Creatto Light-Up Crafting Kits

If you are scanning Amazon from home to find some Easter and at-home STEM learning fun then consider these Creatto light-up crafting kits. These are three-dimensional creations that light up and the kids build themselves. They won’t even know it’s STEM building because the pieces are so fun to work with and build.

You can build a light-up moose, elephant, shark, unicorn or kitty. These crafting kits stand on their own and require only batteries. See the video below:

There is a manual and videos to help the kids build. You don’t need hardware or tools. The plastic pieces connect with each other. This means you don’t have to commit to building only the animal in your booklet. You can connect them any way you like and get creative!

The string of LED lights makes for a particularly fun sight to display anywhere such as your bedroom or game room.

Creatto Light-Up Kits are available at retailers such as Amazon.

Kids, Reviews, Toy Reviews

March is National Craft Month and we all have time for crafting now

I am not too proud to say that my 11 year-old son inherited my lack-of-crafting genes. He actually does not enjoy art. I’ll never forget one day I decided to promote art more and he was about preschool age so I gathered supplies, found some fun Pinterest activities during a snow closure and sat him down for an afternoon of crafts.

After we got started on the first project he looked up at me and asked, “Mommy. Is this punishment or is this like a fun project? I really don’t know”. I had to laugh and asked him if he thought this was fun and he dropped his marker and said a very stern “No. Art is not for fun.” Even today if an assignment reads “..have fun. Add color..” you can bet it will be penciled in lead as he’d much rather solve a sheet of math questions than to have to get creative.

he does love to write, I just haven’t broken it to him that writing is a form of art-lol. He loves to create video and I also catch him sketching lately here and there but his own sketches on his own time.

Why am I telling you this story as I promote an art product?

There is one “art supply” he has had for over a year that I see him using very often and that is his smART sketcher. Seriously, for a kid who I can never get turned onto art, because of his sketcher he now has a folder of drawings piling up!

Maybe because he was also struck with the perfectionist gene of mine so if he can trace images and they come out looking great that is satisfaction to him. He will load images from the web like favorite TV scenes or characters, screenshots of his own video game play, pictures of his puppies and turns on his sketcher, connects the phone and can actually draw them out by himself.

A kid, 11 years old who only just this year decides art is fun and only after receiving one product – the smART sketcher. He has friends and cousins that have seen this in action and they are hooked right with him. I don’t typically feature the same product twice on this blog, but last year when I introduced this product on this very blog I had no idea it was budding an Artist and that he would stick with it and use it so often. My son will be 12 in May and is cousin will turn six 2 days later and he is determined to gift his cousin his newest smART sketcher because we all know little E will love it!

This smART sketcher not only inspires unenthused Artists but opens up a world of images anyone can draw with the download of an easy-to-use app. To see my original post about smART sketcher, visit my Freestyle Drawing post. This is a gift for Spring or while we are home for a bit during National Craft Month that WILL get used!

Visit smART sketcher for the the listings of stores near you that carry it or to order online.