When it comes to mystery toys, there’s no better time to buy than Christmas
More than half of all children have toy items in their house, and according to a recent survey, more than half the time their parents buy the same toys.
But while some are bought as presents or gifts, there are many more that are bought for a variety of reasons.
The survey of more than 2,000 parents across the UK found that a large majority (78%) said they buy toys as a Christmas present, while almost a third (33%) said their parents bought the same toy for the holidays.
But how does a toy find its way into the home of a child who isn’t familiar with the subject?
A large number of toys are bought by families who do not have a toy shop in the household, said study author and research fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Media (CRIM) at Cardiff University, Emma Johnson.
She said that children were unlikely to recognise a toy they have never seen before.
“It is a challenge for parents to identify a toy that is familiar to them, but we also have to recognise that children have a strong need to play with a toy, even if it’s a new toy,” said Johnson.
“The toy must be interesting to them because they will want to play and play with it.
If the toy has been around for a while, children are likely to play it, and they will recognise the familiar toy.”
We also have a lot of toys that are not necessarily ‘the same’ but are different shapes, colours and shapes.
“When children play with those, it is more likely to be a different toy than the same one they have seen before, and this is what will make a difference in how children feel when they play with the same old toy.”‘
It’s just a toy’The research also found that most toys are purchased by parents who do buy them as presents.
Just under a third of parents (29%) said that when their children buy the toys as presents, the child will either play with or be with it and will have had a toy before.
The majority of children (62%) who bought toys as gifts did not play with them or had no toy at all.
“Parents are spending money on toys to give their children something they will remember for a long time,” said Dr Johnson.
“The toys they buy should be as unique and interesting as possible, with the aim of keeping their child occupied.”
The best way to help children identify the toys they want is to tell them what they are likely not to be able to find in a shop.
“That should include a description of the toy, its appearance and the manufacturer.”
If children don’t have a good sense of where the toys are from, they may not be able find the toy they want in a toy store, or a toy online.
“It’s important for parents and other family members to recognise the toy that their children are buying is a toy and try and find a store or online to buy the toy.
Parents should also check that the toys in the toy store are of the same shape and colour as the toy in the gift.”
A toy could be of a different size or shape, depending on what they look like “The biggest challenge for families is getting the toy to fit in the child’s play space,” said Joanna McQuillan, head of toys for children and young people at the CRIM.
“Sometimes the toy is too small or too large for a child to hold comfortably.”
This can be particularly frustrating if parents are not able to choose the size of the toys or whether the toy should be kept in a box.
“Dr Johnson said parents need to be aware of the fact that some toys are not just bought for Christmas.
For example, many toys are used for other purposes, such as learning, but the child may not know what these are.”
You don’t know what you are going to get from the toys that your child is going to buy for Christmas,” she said.”
I know this because I have seen children who have bought toys for school or birthday parties and the toys have become so small that the child has had to take them out of their bags.
“Children who are unable to find a toy with which they are comfortable or are reluctant to go to a toy park can also find it difficult to find their way home.
Dr Johnson added: “If you have a child, make sure they are getting toys that they like to play.
If you are having difficulty finding a toy for them to play, ask them what it is they are looking for.