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The 20-Toy Rule

There’s nothing magical about the number 20, just consider the principle that less is more. Perhaps not when it comes to stuffed animals, educational toys, or dolls. You decide. ⁣

Studies have shown kids become more creative with fewer toys. And also, they play longer with sustained attention. Fewer toys appear to be associated with healthier overall play. ⁣

Image via ⁣@healthiest_baby  on Instagram✨ ⁣

How many toys do you have for your little one?

Let us know in our comments below.

Originally posted 2020-12-01 06:16:27.

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livingthatspoiledlife
livingthatspoiledlife
3 months ago

My house resembles a daycare. I took the “20 toy rule” years ago and made it “20 categories”. (Not with an exact number in mind) but. We have baby dolls, strollers, barbies, dress up clothes, kitchen toys, store toys(cash register, etc..) blocks, legos, Magnatiles, hot wheels, electric cars, puzzles, action figures, playdough….
My point is we don’t limit toys because my children have about 5 toy instruments(maybe more). Would it be fair to tell them they had to choose between the piano, guitar, flute or drums….not to me. 🤷🏽‍♀️ The kids love it all and play with it all and are very creative.

dbanana
dbanana
3 months ago

I have to disagree with this, I had a large amount of toys as a kid, including electronics. I played for hours and hours in my room or out in the garden. I remember having such adventures with them. Both parents working full time and no siblings. What else was I going to do 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

kate_a_jackson
kate_a_jackson
3 months ago

20?! Way to set the standard America

laurenkayv
laurenkayv
3 months ago

I played with screws and marbles

joeyandelizabeth
joeyandelizabeth
3 months ago

We have way way more than 20 but I have them organized in Rubbermaid boxes and rotate through them. Only having about 5 boxes available for play at a time. When the kids outgrow them I donate the entire box so that someone else can enjoy the system.

_jamilee_
_jamilee_
3 months ago

Thank you for posting this! I often feel that more toys is unnecessary, but then feel guilty when I see friend’s homes with entire playrooms packed with stuff. That’s my personal worst nightmare 😂

deryamelody
deryamelody
3 months ago

Why is it a thing in America to have playrooms you can literally leave the toys in the actual room? Having a second room with toys just leads to more Materialismus 🙄

chickenfingersandlipo
chickenfingersandlipo
3 months ago

As a former kid that loved toys, I had way more than 20 and was very creative and happy and loved them all lol

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