How To Keep Kids Interest In New Toys

Toys that encourage imagination have longer staying power, says a child psychologist.

Katie Sue Webber
Katie Sue Webber
Mom to two sweet little boys. Helping moms is her passion.
Last updated
February 28, 2023

If your kid quickly loses interest in toys, Dr. Camille Ace, a licensed clinical psychologist, gives some advice that may surprise you.

According to Dr. Ace, toys that don’t encourage creativity can lead to boredom regardless of how shiny and new it is. Children inherently enjoy toys that require them to be creative and use their imagination.

Young children also can’t foresee themselves becoming bored in the future so, in a kid’s brain, current excitement is always projected to be future excitement.

Limiting the number of toys a child has access to may actually increase their interest. Too many options can lead to overwhelm and end in boredom. Toy rotation can be utilized by only having a portion of the toys out a time. When the child’s attention starts to fade, rotate the toys to reignite interest.

If you’re in the market for new toys, Dr. Ace suggests asking yourself: “Will it enhance and challenge a child's imagination? Can the toy be used in multiple play activities, or is it a "limited play" toy? Am I just giving in to pacify them in this moment?"

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