Leanne Spengler, Pike County Extension human development specialist, explains that play is often described as the work of children, and they need tools for the job.
Even children who lack commercially produced toys will find playthings such as fingers and toes, pots and pans, and hills and trees.
The national average for the number of toys a child receives during a gift-giving occasion is about 12. Most children are satisfied with three or four new toys. If a child receives too many new toys at once, he may become overwhelmed in deciding what toy to play with.