Most of my friends in New Zealand have grown up children or teenagers and so are past toys. Well, actually I have been told that the toys just get smaller and more expensive as they get older, i.e. iphones, i-anythings
But I do have a few that frequented toy libraries when the children were younger. I always thought the toys that they got were fantastic and for a small fee you could get a really large toy for a week. Given that kids have a short attention span and get bored easily with their toys it was a no brainer that you would hire the bigger toys.
So I dutifully joined one of my local libraries and took the twins for their first visit. Of course they thought it was a play group and tried out all the toys which the owners didn’t seem to mind. I soon discovered that my idea of getting them to take turns choosing a toy each week wasn’t going to work. There were several meltdowns over whose turn it was before I started going on days they were at preschool.
I have been on a mission to find great puzzles as Little Miss in particular loves them. Pre-school also told me that puzzles help them with learning to space out words when they write (who would have thought). At the toy library I go to they have drawers of jigsaws and they are truly beautiful. Lovely wooden colourful puzzles, some that are two layered and even three layered. I have taken a few photos of my latest purchases. For about $2-3 rental each they are remarkable value for money and next week I can go and get some different ones. So makes sense to me. The train puzzle in the image below is $27 retail. Buying toys for twins can be an exceedingly expensive process.
I am not sure if those of you in the other Hemisphere have access to toy libraries but if you do check them out. You might be amazed at what you find.