A house full of toys yet nothing to do. Kids get bored with the same old toys so it's a good idea to rotate them every few weeks.
When I bring out a box of toys my little monkeys haven't seen for a few weeks it's like Christmas - new toys!
But what if you don't have the space to store all the toys? Or the budget to buy them in the first place?
Join your local Toy Library!
What is a Toy Library? It is just like a regular Book Library except you borrow toys instead of books!
For an annual fee, you get access to hundreds of quality toys for a whole year.
Why join a Toy Library?
Try before you buy - Discover new toys your children like without having to buy them
Beat the boredom - change your toys every week or two
It's good for the environment
Gain access to hundreds of toys
Kids get to try new things and develop new skills with different toys Save money!
How do Toy Libraries work? Toy Libraries are not for profit organisations usually run by volunteers.
You pay a joining fee then you are free to borrow toys for 2-3 weeks at a time with no extra fees!
What ages of children do Toy Libraries cater for?
Toy Libraries generally provide toys aimed at babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
However, since a lot of the toys are open ended, allowing for different types of play, older siblings often enjoy them too. My six and nine year old still enjoy visiting our local for games, puzzles and toys!
How much does it cost to join a Toy Library?
In my experience a yearly membership costs around $50-70 for a family membership, up to $150 for Family day carers who want to borrow more toys.
My local Toy Library has memberships for $70 where you can borrow 3 toys, 2 puzzles, 2 games and 2 parenting books each fortnight.
What kind of toys can I borrow?
You may find dress ups, puzzles, games, cds and even parenting books.
You will often find:
Outside toys, sports equipment;
Pretend play - Fisher Price little people, puppets, dinosaurs and pirates;
Home corner - play food, kitchen play, dolls houses
Baby/toddler toys - rattles, musical toys, shape sorters;
Gross motor toys - Little Tykes cars, trikes, balance bikes
Puzzles ranging from beginner to more complex
Games - old favourites like Uno, Monopoly, Snap and memory games as well as more challenging games the whole family can enjoy.
What other services do Toy Libraries offer?
Your local Toy Library may provide:
Party packs - a collection of party toys for hire at a reasonable price. (from $30)
Party venue hire
Themed Playdays, craft events
The opportunity to get to know other parents in your area.
How can I find a Toy Library in my area?
You can go to the Toy Libraries Australia website and enter your town to find your nearest Toy Libraries: www.toylibraries.org.au/toylibrarysearch