Get more play in your day at toy library
Have you played today? The International Toy Library Association World Play Day is this Saturday, a reminder that play benefits all ages.
And a Manawatu Toy Library collection of more than 2000 toys should offer plenty of incentive for parents and caregivers to release their inner and outer child.
Manawatu Toy Library president Emma Ochei says the week leading up to May 28 is Toy Library Awareness Week, which culminates in Saturday’s Play Day, celebrated by toy libraries around the world since 2001. Emma says to mark the week they’re doing more of what they do well – encouraging the celebration of fun, creativity, expression and learning through play.
‘‘The theme is ‘ play for all ages’; play is great for connecting to children, and adults should be encouraged to join in.
‘‘Adults benefit from using their imagination, slowing down their busy lives, and being present for their children.
‘‘You forget about the other worries in your life, and stress, and you can take time to really enjoy yourself.’’
For parents who may be strapped for new ideas, or tired of fending off constant demands from their children for new playthings, the toy library is a wonderful repository and treassure trove of entertaining diversion.
‘‘The magic with the toy library is there’s such a huge array of toys that you didn’t even know existed: we’ve got over 2000 toys.’’
The collection includes bikes, baby toys, board games, science and educational sets, train sets and dolls. Mostly gender-neutral, it is aimed at babies through to 8-year-olds, but includes lots of family games.
Emma says that right now her 2-year-old Ivy’s favourite was a ‘‘bouncing bug’’ with springs, while her 5-year-old loved the science experiment sets. As for her favourite, Emma is a great a fan of ‘‘Giant Polydron’’ building blocks. ‘‘They’re amazing, we can use them to make large shapes, and build houses or rockets or forts, or whatever your imagination wants.’’
The Manawatu Toy Library is at 51 Amberley Ave in Cloverlea and is open every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
‘‘We’re always open to new members,’’ Emma says.
‘‘We’ve got a fantastic resource here, and we’d love to share it.’’
The Pedley twins, Grace, left, and Kate, enjoy a play date at the Manawatu Toy Library as World Play Day approaches.