German researchers conducted a very interesting experiment. They took all toys away from a nursery for three months, because they wanted to prove that children can play more creatively when they aren’t overwhelmed by toys. The children’s playtime was left unstructured. Once they adjusted to the lack of toys, their play actually became very creative and much more social. The children learned to better socialize with other children and engage in pretend play when no toys were around. Imagine that!
So if you’re interested in giving your children less toys and more experiences, or you’ve already been doing that, here are some ways to get started and stay the course: