This Toy Library Allows You to Check Out Toys for Your Kids Instead of Books

Instead of buying new toys, wouldn’t it be amazing to just borrow them for a few weeks? And then, once your kids are tired of playing with them, being able to just return them and choose a few new toys?  You can now, thanks to the Minneapolis Toy Library.

This innovative program works like a typical book lending library, except with toys!  Families can check-out up to five toys, take them home for 2-4 weeks, and exchange them for new ones upon return.

According to the Minneapolis Toy Library, the average US family spent $485 on toys in 2015. Many of those end up donated or in landfills, and parents know that today’s hot toy is next week’s foot injury.  The toy library allows families to save money and try out a variety of toys at low cost and low waste.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The library’s three main goals are to reduce waste, promote development, and build community, offering:

[A]n opportunity for families to connect with one another while supporting their child(ren)’s development through play and reducing their impact on the environment.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Minneapolis Toy Library stocks toys for children from birth to 5 years old, with some options available for older children.  Families can become members for as little as $40/year, with the library being open for exchanges six times per month.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to swap out toys every couple of weeks?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I think this is a great idea and I just wish we had one of these toy libraries near me!

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