We have over 1700 toys in the toy library to fascinate your child for years to come at a very low cost. Our toys are multi-functional, durable, stimulating and require kids to use and develop their own skills. And of course, they are fun!

Our toys are aimed at preschool children aged 0-6 and include:

  • Cute BABY TOYS selected and labelled according to key developmental stages.
  • ROLE PLAY TOYS – toy houses, puppets, animal sets, occupational and domestic play. Including a large range of fabulous dress-ups.
  • ACTIVE PLAY TOYS ranging from activity rockers for L-platers to trikes for our junior racers.
  • DISCOVERY TOYS – chances to explore construction, threading, magnets and water play.
  • GAMES including family favourites as well as excellent games designed for preschoolers.
  • NOISY toys like musical instruments.
  • TRANSPORT TOYS – train sets, cars, trucks, garages, car mats, space rockets and airports.
  • a huge range of JIGSAW PUZZLES in both wood and card ranging from toddler puzzles of 3 pieces to more complex pictures with over 60 pieces.
  • LARGE TOYS including ride-on vehicles, slides, roller coasters (like you see at playcentres), slides, see-saws, mini kitchens, work benches, tents and junior sport toys.

See pictures of our toys on our Kingston Toy Library SETLS page.

Toy selection

Toys are catalogued by age and type (games, puzzles, construction, musical, etc.). Toy profiles are displayed around the library, giving you an idea of how the toy works, suitable age group, learning outcomes, and similar toys. New toys have an ‘I’m New’ label so you easily spot them.

Our experienced coordinator is available during opening hours to help you select toys for your children. The coordinator knows all our toys and has a background in early childhood education. She can recommend developmentally appropriate toys and give you ideas for creative play and activities.

Older children will enjoy selecting toys for themselves.

Toy responsibility

We want children to have fun and enjoy the toy library toys. Members are responsible for the toys they borrow. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • correct use of toys
  • choosing age-appropriate toys
  • taking care with small parts and magnets
  • not leaving toys outside in the elements.

We understand that sometimes accidents do happen. If a toy is damaged, lost or pieces lost by a member, small fines apply.

Consider the safety of younger siblings when choosing toys. Warning labels are placed on toys containing small pieces. Some of our toys are stored in plastic bags and we recommend that you put bags out of children’s reach while the toys are in use in your home.

Overdue toys

Our loan period is three weeks.

Overdue toys attract a $1 fine per week per toy. If you are unable to return toys in the specified time due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact us.

You can use SETLS to renew your toys online.

Missing pieces

For all children to fully enjoy the toys, the toys need to be returned in the condition that they were borrowed and with all pieces intact. Each toy bag has a detailed list of contents, and members need to check that all pieces are there before borrowing and when it’s returned. If you are missing pieces, you can re-borrow the toy for another two weeks to locate the missing piece. If you still cannot find the missing piece you will need to pay a missing pieces fee  generally $3.00 per piece, though may be more depending on the piece. Damaged or missing packaging also attracts a $5 replacement fine.

You can use SETLS to view your toys online and see the pieces list.

Damaged toys

Report damaged toys to the coordinator promptly. If the toy is assessed as unusable (either through damage or essential pieces missing), the committee will decide on an appropriate payment to fix or replace the toy.

Cleaning toys

Toys need to be returned clean. As a general rule of thumb, return the toys in the condition that you would like to borrow them. Clean toys help to prevent the spread of germs. Here’s a quick guide to cleaning the toys:

  • If soiled, wash the toy well with hot, soapy water. A grease-removing formula usually does the trick for stubborn dirt. Rinse.
  • Use a (clean) toothbrush/scrubbing brush to clean small areas or hard to reach places.
  • Avoid soaking toys in water as this can make the stickers and decorations peel off and may cause corrosion inside the toy.
  • Dry the toy with a clean tea towel. While still damp, use a satay stick with cotton wool to make very fine buds to clean all edges so that the toy is perfectly clean.
  • Wash wooden toys well with a damp cloth and pat dry. For Brio train sets, scrub well with a toothbrush and hot soapy water.
  • If your child has been ill, please disinfect the toys, but do not soak them in disinfectant as this can remove the colour from some plastics.
  • Thoroughly wipe toys with hot water and mild detergent.
  • A hairdryer is handy to dry hard to reach places, but ensure it is not too hot.

Duplo and construction sets: Wash well with toothbrush and hot soapy water. Rinse and leave to drain overnight on a tea towel.

Outdoor/Sandpit toys: These must be well cleaned as most are used inside as well. Immerse in laundry tub. To remove all sand, keep rinsing under running water.

Ride-ons: Must be cleaned despite being outside toys. Please do not leave outside overnight, in the rain, or in the hot sun, as their colour will deteriorate very quickly.

Dress ups: Wash the clothes and allow time to dry.

Board games and puzzles (wooden and cardboard): Wipe over with a hot, damp (not wet) wettex, cleaning all pieces.

Battery toys: Do not submerge in water wring out sponge an wipe over.

If toys are returned visibly dirty the member will be asked to take the toy home and clean it.

Batteries

The toy library does not provide batteries for toys. It is the borrower’s responsibility to provide batteries if required.

Toy donations

We welcome donations of appropriate toys throughout the year.