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Toy library in Zürich

My son is 3 years old and likes to play with toys

He usually gets bored of them, some within a couple of hours.

As the toy collection takes up more space than any of my stuff and costs a small fortune, I would be grateful if anyone can tell me - is there any toy library in Zürich where I can get toys for some days on loan.

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Re: Toy library in Zürich

Look for a Ludothek:

https://www.google.ch/search?q=ludot...w=1304&bih=691
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Re: Toy library in Zürich

Ludobox
or rent one?
This Ludothek has toys. (Many specialize on games, guess he's too young for those (and you have to play them with him all the time )
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Re: Toy library in Zürich

You probably already know this, but children at that age love random objects with no fixed purpose. Our preschoolers' latest favourite is a collection of round silicon placemats from Ikea. They're stepping stones, a boat, records, hats, mushrooms... every day something different! They've also found a thousand uses for blankets, cardboard boxes, plastic cups - most of which we already had in the house.

No cost, no deadline, no problem!
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My son is 3 years old and likes to play with toys

He usually gets bored of them, some within a couple of hours.

As the toy collection takes up more space than any of my stuff and costs a small fortune, I would be grateful if anyone can tell me - is there any toy library in Zürich where I can get toys for some days on loan.

Thanks!
Apart from Ludothek, watch out Kinderartikelbörsen in your area, you can buy lots of things for a very good price. The funny part is - most Swiss love these shops, foreigners think twice before buying from there. (or at least this is the trend I noticed, so don't be shy if you're looking for a bargain)
Also, check this link out if you want to donate some of your toys
https://kindex.ch/ueber-kindex
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Thank you all for the links and hints !
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He usually gets bored of them, some within a couple of hours.

As the toy collection takes up more space than any of my stuff and costs a small fortune
The problem is you propogate this behaviour and he knows he gets new toys very quickly. Encourage him to use the same toys and after the initial tantrums he will start to see more value in them. After all, toys are better than no toys, right?
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Re: Toy library in Zürich

What is most bothersome with these toy libraries (ludothèques in French) is that you have to count all the minute pieces of the toy before giving it back, takes the enjoyment out of it all for the mother, better buy second hand and let them trash it if they wish, and you, have a nice cup of tea/coffee.
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Re: Toy library in Zürich

In our neighbourhood the local community centre does a monthly Kinderflohmarkt (kid‘s fleamarket) where only items suitable for children may be sold. So lots of toys, books etc. You can often get bargains there - or set up a pitch and sell the stuff your child no longer plays with.
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Re: Toy library in Zürich

I know what you mean. It's a frustrating experience finding those sneaky tiny bits. Thanks a ton for the tip !
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Thanks NickInBasel & RichDog !
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I have a couple of baby cousins who were the exact same... every christmas they would get stuff, look at it for 5 seconds and not know what to do with it, and then reach for the next one. I had to play with them myself in front of them to show them what they had to do and then when they saw me enjoying it they started to copy me and appreciate it.

In my opinion, if you keep buying kids new toys without them learning how to use what they have then you literally stunt their inventiveness, imagination and creativity. A kid soon learns how to use what they have when they realise that they aren't getting anything else, and I think nowadays parents are far too indulgent with appeasing their kids every whims.
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Re: Toy library in Zürich

In no time kids are on their phones/computers all day, let them indulge in a few games while they enjoy them.
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In no time kids are on their phones/computers all day, let them indulge in a few games while they enjoy them.
What are you talking about? No-one was talking about not letting kids indulge in playing with toys and games.
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What is most bothersome with these toy libraries (ludothèques in French) is that you have to count all the minute pieces of the toy before giving it back, takes the enjoyment out of it all for the mother, better buy second hand and let them trash it if they wish, and you, have a nice cup of tea/coffee.
While I would love to say I always look for renting toys or games instead of buying either new or second hand and trashing them afterwards (some cannot be passed on to others if too damaged)....I have to agree on this one. But I get where Richdog is coming from. I'm born at the beginning of the '80s and at that time in my country, even if we had money, we couldn't buy so many toys like now. Yeah, I'm a "commie". I remember playing with friends ad nauseam some silly board games that were popular and.....available back then (I asked my brother to teach me to play chess only because those were too boring and repetitive) and sharing a volley ball with like the whole neighbourhood to play, again, silly games that probably no child plays these days anymore. Those who had a proper leather ball were little local celebs..lol.

I cherished my few dolls and my brother's few cars or tractors as if they were gold. We invented games and scenarios using the same characters over and over again, a piece of wood and kitchen utensils, mom's things could become real toys. I'm disturbed to see the nonchalant attitude to wasting and the "entitlement" my niece and nephews have now. I try to teach my daughter(s) some common sense but it's difficult when she puts up a scene in a store.
So I'm really forgiving and sympathising with all parents out there, this is not an easy job. Enjoy your coffee, m'am.

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Re: Toy library in Zürich

I had a ton of toys, inexpensive and handmedowns. It made a difference in the way I was free to play with them than my wealthy buddies who's parents allowed them to get that expensive stuff out once a week and policed its use.

Ludo is great for the kid learning how to share and look after an item so others can have fun with it. The fact Ludo is ran by volunteers is also nice. I find membership in our area expensive, though, and it turned us off and a lot of my parent friends.

Flee markets and thrift stores are cool, and then passing toys to others, receive theirs.

I agree with rich who points out that overload and overabundance is not so conducive to stimulating modesty and learning to appreciate. For years we had just one baby doll to be "a good mom to her" instead of getting many dolls and ignoring them. Fads with toys wear off so fast, en plus. Kids like simple things where they can fill up the void with imagination. Once you spoil a kid, you can't really take it back.
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I had a ton of toys, inexpensive and handmedowns. .
I bet my kido would be disappointed at your use of the term "tons"... ....tons, I didn't have tons but I had essential stuff I would say. I improvised, I was creative and really enjoyed everything we had. There was a lot of sharing and borrowing with other kids too. Fun times, quickly spoiled by the '90s era though.

It's funny that we want out kids to be a bit more like us, but they're living in their own times and doing their own stuff. As miostar said, they'll be so fast hooked on their computers and phones all day long, it's scary. So yay to the toys while we can! :-))
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I bet my kido would be disappointed at your use of the term "tons"... ....tons, I didn't have tons but I had essential stuff I would say. I improvised, I was creative and really enjoyed everything we had. There was a lot of sharing and borrowing with other kids too. Fun times, quickly spoiled by the '90s era though.

It's funny that we want out kids to be a bit more like us, but they're living in their own times and doing their own stuff. As miostar said, they'll be so fast hooked on their computers and phones all day long, it's scary. So yay to the toys while we can! :-))
They might not be so hooked on cells if parents play with them (they will love it no matter of the toy) or read to them. Seeing parents hooked on technology (or chase the fads with gadges or brands) will make them hooked easier.

I feel that according to your kid's definition of "ton", I probably did not have a ton of toys

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