Too Many Toys

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 7, 2020 and last updated on July 16, 2023

Exploring the topic of “too many toys” is valuable for English learners as it offers an opportunity to enhance their language skills while engaging with a relevant societal issue. Discussing the concept of excessive toy ownership allows learners to expand their vocabulary related to consumerism, childhood and material possessions. Furthermore, it promotes critical thinking as learners explore the pros and cons of a toy-rich environment, developing their ability to express opinions, engage in debates and understand different perspectives.

By exploring this topic, English learners can improve their language proficiency while gaining insight into the impact of material abundance on childhood experiences.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Too Many Toys

The topic of “too many toys” raises important questions about consumerism, childhood development and the impact of material possessions on children. In today’s consumer-driven society, children are often surrounded by a surplus of toys, which can have both positive and negative consequences.

On one hand, toys can stimulate creativity, imagination and cognitive skills. On the other hand, an excess of toys can lead to a lack of appreciation, overindulgence and a sense of entitlement.

Understanding the implications of having too many toys is crucial for parents, educators, and society at large, as we strive to create balanced and meaningful childhood experiences.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • toy (noun)
  • nowadays (adverb)
  • exceed (verb)
  • range (noun)
  • variety (noun)
  • spoil (verb)
  • restrict (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do children have too many toys nowadays?
  • How many toys did you have when you were a child?
  • How many toys do you think is too many for a child? Why?
  • Do you think generally children get more toys now than when you were a child?
  • Do you think it is important for parents to restrict the number of toys they give to their children?
  • What are the negative effects of children having too many toys?
  • Do you think having fewer toys encourages children to be more creative?
  • What are some alternative ways for children to engage in play and creativity without relying solely on toys?
  • How can children learn to value and take care of their toys when they have an excess of them?
  • Do you think cultural factors influence the number of toys children have?
  • Should children be encouraged to donate or share their toys with others?
  • Is it more important for children to have a variety of toys or a few high-quality toys?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.