When the song was finished, I noticed that no one was reacting, so I made the first move. I reached for my coin purse, inserted a small amount to the envelope, and gave it back to one of the children. After that, everyone in the same jeepney followed. When I gave, everybody around me did as well. You have the same power to make people follow your actions.
So before I dive into some christmas toys tips, I'd like to make it a point that you don't have to wait until Christmas to give and even to forgive. In fact, you don't need to wait for special occasions to do such actions. We'll never know what tomorrow would bring, so why not do the act of kindness now?
Whenever I see toys, I'm always reminded of the fun days I had with my brothers and sisters. I'm reminded of how I dreamed of getting my own job someday, being able to buy all those toys. As a child, toys served as my inspiration, my reminder of my parents who were away working abroad. Toys are stimulus to my imagination.
So I guess, it wasn't really the toys that I valued but the memories attached with them. I'm inclined to believe that this will also be the case for most children. How you gave the toy, the purpose for giving, the memory that you will attach to the toy serves a lot of importance to the impact it will have on the child. It doesn't even matter what the price of the toy is, as long as it provides value to the child then that toy served its purpose. So choose the toys you will give carefully.
Here are some tips on some good toy gifts that you could give this christmas.
Educational - Give toys that are educational. Hard-bound books of the child's favorite cartoon character, an interactive toy that teaches how to pronounce certain words or educational videos.or how about something that teaches kids about money? There's a game called cashflow for kids that can do just that.
Creative - You can give toys that enhances a childs skill in drawing, singing, building, etc. im sure that your kids will thank you that you did when they grow up. I remember that this advice was given to me by my brother when I was thinking of which toy to give to my younger cousins.
Collaborative - While they're young, you can teach your kids the value of teamwork by giving them toys that encourages collaborative gameplay such as the millionaire game, word factory, dictionary, etc. This helps build their social intelligence and boosts self-esteem.
Fun - A little counter-intuitive to the above points but I believe that a toy's purpose is to serve fun for the child. This is why I don't agree on shelving toys (except if it's for the big boys such as myself). If you've seen the movie Toy Story, I'm sure you will understand that a toy that gets crashed but helped
I hope that this post helped you decide in some way on what gift toy to give to your children, nephews or nieces or even street children. Merry Christmas!
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