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children's toy or children's books

Updated on May 8, 2011

The question of whether to buy children’s toy or children’s book for our children under certain age form a topic for debate a forth night ago after the children harvest help at a local church in my community.

Some associate children’s toy with violence and negativism while some say is simply a way of life that has stages. People freely aired their views on this issue but that is not what I am going to be discussing here. I will be giving my own opinion on this issue as hubpages has given me the opportunity to do so without prejudice.

Please feel free to leave a comment letting me know if you agree with what I am saying or not.


I would start by examining what the word ‘toy’ is. Toy in my own word means any object (potentially harmful or not) that children use to play at their leisure time. I want to be of the opinion that no parent will willingly give their children harmful object in the name of toy. So, I am leaving the issue of whether toys are harmful or not.

Toys when they are rightly purchased can positively add value to the wellbeing of our children. For instance, girls will learn to carry babies and cater for them at their tender age when using some teddy bears - toys, while the boys will learn to ride using either bike and toy cars.

The only problem is that most parents don’t even know how to buy toys for their kids. So I recommend that parents learn to select the right choice of toy for their children. Or if you can trust my judgment, select form any of the Amazon gifts sampled at the right side of this hub.

On the hand, children’s books are mostly fictional stories that can also affect them either positively or negatively if care is not taken. Some comic books send the wrong signal into the children’s brain at a very tender age and this may negatively influence the way they will see life generally. Educative morally sound children’s books are a wonderful thing that any parent can give their children at the age when they are still formulating their character and attitude.

On this premise, I would leave you to judge for your self whether toy is good for your children or toys are better for them.


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The morale of this hub is that tools are like mud in our hand, they turn into whatever we make out of them. Mould right, it will be right; mould it wrongly; you will get the wrong result. So, I would recommend that parents buy a blend of good children’s books and good toys shouldn’t be missing in any house.


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      Chinweike 7 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Don Simkovich, just go ahead and do it; just like nike. Children's books will always sale as people will always give birth. Thanks for the comment.


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      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Great to see this Hub. I've got some specific children's book Hubs I want to write on.

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      Chinweike 7 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      wyanjen, thanks for this wonderful contribution of yours. I particularly liked the statemtn "In the safety of a book, a child can fly around the world, solve the mystery, and face up to the boogey man - learning life's lessons without getting hurt".

      For toys, is not all toys that are built be 'push a button and watch the toy play'.

      I really appreciate your time spent on this hub.


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      dal10pages 7 years ago

      i really like this hub!! (comment on my hubs! maybe beciome a follower.. i became a follower on yours! i really liked this one

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      Jen King 7 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      It's a lot to consider :)

      In the safety of a book, a child can fly around the world, solve the mystery, and face up to the boogey man - learning life's lessons without getting hurt.

      Toys, I'm more skeptical about. The most important part of a toy is the child's imagination - so they should be simple. Push a button and watch the toy play... nah. That's no good. A good toy is one that lets a child pretend, not one that simply entertains.

      Thanks for this hub chinweike