The cost or the price tag of the toy to a child is immaterial. To them, any plaything has the same value, and they are bored out of it as fast as you can ever imagine. If your child is “the great engineer “ who has an uncanny skill of breaking or taking apart the toys you buy, please resist yourself from buying it. You can provide the same enjoyment and development with a various alternative. Here are the few hacks to save your money and guilt simultaneously.
Do not buy toys with lots of batteries. Especially cars or helicopters or transport toys of this category. They are sophisticated delicate, and major headache is the battery; a recurrent cost. Think of the trains and others which require a lot of battery. My daughter received as gifts of such things, and now they are a broken pile. Myself have succumbed to the temptation and bought her one. Not a single item was in one piece. Instead, the things that could stand her onslaught was the magnetic wooden train half the cost. All the clockwork hard mould cars, helicopters and others similar makes are surviving with good health. She imitates the sound do not care for headlight or the care bumpers or sirens blinking or not. Just paper stickers of headlight suffice it. The making up of sound and sentences are great for cognitive skill as well. She understands the clockwork and speed relation and regulates it accordingly. Achieved a great learning for my kid without huge spending.
The engagement of kid in a holistic way is always a concern of parents. But being minimal is not a necessity but an effective way to instil in your children that playthings are to be treasured and taken care of. Imagination makes the kids more innovative and I have witnessed it and can vouch that minimalist in moderation is a boon.