Saturday, 10 October 2015

IELTS General Training Writing - Task 2

Some parents buy their children a large number of toys to play with.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for the child of having a large number of toys?

Today parents purchase many toys for their children for various reasons. They may wish to reward their children, feel pressure to keep up with what is popular or may feel guilty that they don't spend enough time with their family. Often toys are not only given on special occasions but on a weekly basis resulting in an excess of toys.

Having many toys means that children can develop a variety of skills especially if the toys are educational. They can improve their imagination, general knowledge, co-ordination, balance etc. Secondly, children enjoy playing games as this keeps them amused and occupied for long periods because they have many toys to choose from. Finally, a child may be more willing to share toys with others if they have many of them.

On the other hand, children don't appreciate toys if they have a large number of them. They will play with a new toy for a couple of hours and then forget about it. This will also increase their expectations and will pressure their parents to keep buying them new toys. In other words, they are never satisfied and learn how to be materialistic. Secondly, children don't need so many toys. It is better for them to play outdoors with their friends where they learn to be social, use their imagination to invent new games as well as exercise. What they need instead of toys is their parents to dedicate time to them in order to strengthen family bonds so they can become balanced individuals.

Question taken from Cambridge IELTS 10 p.129

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