As the turkey is digesting and Black Friday is past, Christmas shopping is now a race against time.
What are you getting for the children in your life?
Some things you may consider are:
- Is there educational value?
- Will it grow with the child?
But have you ever considered if it is to loud?
I have many parents ask why I don’t use battery operated toys when working with kids.
I have many reasons, which include:
- Most kids don’t play with battery operated toys appropriately. They just hit one button over and over again because they are left to play independently or because they like that particular noise.
- They eat batteries faster than kids eat candy. This is bad for our environment and for you pocket book.
- Most importantly, they are LOUD! Even on the “soft” settings!
Did you know that many toys can actually cause hearing loss?
Do you know why? Because kids hold the toys up to their ears so they are much louder than if they are sitting at an appropriate distance. Some toys are created too loud to begin with. Also studies have shown that kids are subject to too much noise overall at a very early age.
Let’s think about that for a minute. If the toy is making the sound, what is your child doing?
I can tell you what they are not doing:
- They are not using their imagination as much as if they had to come up with the noises the toys should make.
- They are possibly not playing with the toy appropriately hence negating any educational benefit.
Think about the kids with the ABC battery operated toy where you push the button and it says the letter name, sound, etc. Have you ever seen a child sit and press a button, listen to it, repeat what it says and try another one? I would say, more that 90% of the time your answer would be “no”. What we see most of the time is a child hitting the same button or few buttons over and over and over again. for the sound it makes. But if you asked the child what sound or what name the letter had they would most likely not know. And all this time their ears are being subject to noise.
I have also noticed, from professional experience, that children on the autism spectrum LOVE these kinds of toys but tend to stim on them instead of learning with them.
Granted these toys can be beneficial when a parent sits down and facilitates the learning. However, the same skills can usually be practiced with other non-battery toys and flashcards and other methods that are more imaginative and fun.
Musical instruments can also be too loud, although educational, creative and fun. So take note of how long your child is playing with them and limit that time if needed.
I have included links to other articles regarding noisy toys so you can do your own research. They are posted below.
I would love to hear what you have to say in the comment section below!
If you are looking for educational toys that are not “noisy” check out 25 Days of Toys 2014.