When Checkers announced a week or two ago that the Mini’s 2 collection would be coming out my heart sank. Another collection I thought, I know a lot of parentings are feeling pressure from their children. Us included, pressure to stop at a specific shop. Pressure to purchase in batches of R150, or to add groceries to your trolley to make up for the R50 missing to get another collectable.
Sound familiar? Take comfort mama! There are benefits to your child collecting things, long term benefits! Not only are they enjoying building something. There is suspense and excitement involved and they are also learning.
Benefits of collecting for children:
- A sense of responsibility – when collecting something children like or love. They take care in looking after their collectables, Emma’s collections are all kept in safe places. She spends a lot of time just looking at her collections, enjoying them and reading over her pages over and over.
- Organising skills – having collections means they need to find a way to organise and keep track of what they have and don’t have. It means they need to reason with themselves as to why they would group things together and how. Emilie has her collectors albums but keeps all of her doubles or extras separate ready for swapping with friends.
- Learning – Reading/Maths – Emilie reads over her Super Animals cards often, she has learnt so much about animals through them. Checkers mini’s could be used to play “shop-like” games with including opportunities to calculate money.
- Social Skills – Because of the nature of the types of collectables available, social interactions are encouraged. It is not possible for you to collect an entire collection without at some point needing to swop or negotiate for a certain collectable. Forcing our kids to learn negotiation skills and the power of barter.
- Budgeting – although the collectables are “free”when you spend fixed amounts at a specific store, closer to the end of the promotions, one ends up feeling desperate at getting one or two collectables that you have not yet been able to secure. This previously led us to finding Facebook groups to swop collectables on. Once you had no more collectables to swop – the option was available to buy. It forced her to look at money differently. For example: I’ve noticed that this time around she is very focused on even swapping more of an item that she has a lot of for less of an item she needs.
I love that Emilie loves collecting things, it gives her hours of enjoyment away from the TV and she learns. The collectables get a thumbs up from me.
In the meantime – how do you feel about all the collectables in the various shops?
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