Were you a collector of things as a kid? Perhaps you have a child who is a collector? I think I might! Either way you answer, many of us did collect something as a child or now have a child who does. I personally went through many phases as a child collecting different things from pretty stationary papers, stickers, collector cards, stamps, candles and elephant figurines. I even op shopped as a young child and as a teen and picked up clothing scores. No one called a garment back then vintage, it was just described as being old and something ones grandmother wore.

If your child is a collector it’s important to honour and respect their interest and enthusiasm. There are many things a child will learn that will assist in developing life skills through collecting, so it’s worth supporting and encouraging their interest.

Children’s interests in collecting things can be as wide and diverse as adults who collect. I asked a group of my mummy friends recently and these are just some of the things kids are collecting at the moment:

  • Container Lids
  • Handbags
  • LaLa Loopsie Dolls
  • Crystals, rocks and shells
  • Animal figurines
  • Pokemon Cards
Sometimes what a child collects makes no sense to us as an adult but whatever your child’s interest in collecting are, they’re learning many things as well as basic life skills. Very young collectors can start to learn and test basic math skills like sorting, sequencing, counting and grading, through collecting. Encouraging a young collector can engage them in being responsible and having responsibilities for arranging, managing and taking care of a personal collection, which can all have a knock-on effect to other areas of a child’s life.

As children get older collections can give them focus, and assist them socially in forming friendships with like minded peers with similar interests. Collecting can also teach children to identify value and how to manage money. Many children who are collectors will often assign and manage money given for a special occasion or pocket money to add to collections or complete them.

At the end of the day whatever your child collects whether it be rocks and twigs or a collectible toy or anything else in between, it only benefits to encourage and validate your child’s interests. If your child is a collector, one of the biggest steps you can take in showing your support to them is helping them find a defined space or area they can store or display their collections. 

By allowing your little collector to bloom, you’re benefiting them now and into the future. Who knows you might have a cheeky kid watching your habits now, ready to put their hands out for some of your own collections when they’re older. Encourage them now and they’ll form great habits and life skills through your guidance and acceptance and things like tomorrows “vintage” will be in safe hands too.

Is your child a collector? Have they got their eye on your vintage?

6 thoughts on “What Your Kids Will Learn from Being a Collector…..

  • April 15, 2014 at 5:59 am
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    I have always had collections since I was little. I had a great collection of key rings, rubbers, & I kept all of my baby teeth too so that's kind of a collection (that I still have too!). Xx

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  • April 15, 2014 at 11:49 am
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    I can only imagine what your collections as a kid must have been like if your collections now are anything to go by.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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    I love this post, probably because I can relate to collecting as a child, resulting from my trips to antique markets with my parents. With my old 5yr old, I wouldn't say he is much of a collector .. yet.. but he is a 'finder', always finding treasures – shells, coins, bits of lego, toys, golf balls! He doesn't always keep them, but he enjoys the hunt!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 1:39 am
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    This is great. I was not a collector but my husband is/was and it is a very true reminder that collecting is not the same thing as hoarding!

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  • April 19, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    Yes the good old finders stage, Cohen loves collecting things from nature.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 8:55 am
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    So true Rachel and as adults we often get frustrated at kids and their collecting habits but as you said it's not often about hoarding for them.

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