I see something interesting among my kids.
It started a few years back with J. But now, K is also part of the picture.
I notice that they always come up with their own games to kill time.
To give you an idea, here are some of things they have done:
1. started a mini watch shop: created watches with sketches on paper.
2. created own books: inside, youâ€™ll find paintings and stories.
3. setup a mini restaurant by using exiting blocks and soft toys.
4. J created her own version of snakes and ladders board game â€“ dice and all.
5. J created her own crossword puzzle for K.
6. running a restaurant by taking order and preparing the food.
I could be wrong but I have a strong feeling that this has got to do with toys.
To be more accurate, limited toys.
You see I am not the type of father who drowns his children with toys until they canâ€™t breathe.
I shamelessly admit I hardly buy toys for J and K.
Not entirely bad though.
Because they are â€œforcedâ€ to think of something new to beat boredom.
They are â€œforcedâ€ to create their own gamesâ€¦ usually with limited supply of materials.
By doing so, they unconsciously stretch their little minds to invent something out of thin air.
This is quite cool actually.
On one hand, I donâ€™t need to worry what toys to buy for them (read: save money) to keep them happy.
On the other hand, they have the room to be more creative.
Moral of the story?
Donâ€™t over-shower your child with toys. When playing with toys, thereâ€™s a limit how far the child would stretch his mind.
Without toys, skyâ€™s the limit. Children can make up anything when there are no rules.
Even a piece of paper can be turned into something alive and interesting.
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