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"The United States has 3.1 percent of the world’s children, but buys 40 percent of all toys sold worldwide. Obviously, American kids can’t possibly extract all the play-value out of that many toys, most of which end up piled somewhere."
This was the insight of Carlo Rotella in his Boston Globe article, "Clear the clutter; get rid of unneeded toys." shared with by World Forum team member Jean Dugan. Rotella continued...
"That got me thinking about how drastically a family could cut back on its toys. So, an exercise: You’re marooned indefinitely on a desert island with your kids, who are under 12. You can bring five toys. There are trees to climb, waves to swim in, so there’s no need for specialized sports equipment — and nothing that requires electricity, since there won’t be any. What to bring? I consulted with my in-house experts, who are 9 and 11, and we came up with the following:
"So, five toys for a desert island. I don’t think that reducing to just these five would really cause much of a hardship. And if it’s this easy to imagine cutting back on toys, why is it so hard in the real world?"
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My comments relate to the EED on toys and to the citation of a book about Blocks not being just for boys anymore. Children on the island will find pieces of things that can be used as blocks. Legos are OK, but unit blocks are still the preferred item for block play. True, they are bulky! And as for blocks for girls: one thing I do to make blocks for girls a reality is to give them to my girl grandchildren, beginning with my youngest when she was three: Kelcey will be 21 in October and is a 3rd-year undergraduate at Florida State, majoring in psychology and criminal justice. And I just ordered a set of blocks and a container for my great-granddaughters, Emma, almost 4, and Isabel, 9 months.
When I told my Mother, who lives in San Diego that the USA has only 3.1% of the children in the world, but buys 40% of the toys she expressed a wish that some of those extra toys be given to a Mexican orphanage she is supporting. Niños de Baja can be found on Facebook- look for the teddy bear icon.
Once I visited my aunt and found her juggling in managing her unhappy tiny grandson who was almost dumped in a huge pile of toys. My aunt was sweating. I asked what happened and she complained me, "I have given him plenty of toys, but still he is not satisfied!" and I realized too many options puzzles a child, even spoil.