The benefits of a Toybrary to a child and a community are endless and irreplaceable, but here are the top three to consider:
From the Academy of Pediatrics: "DO make mindful choices about technology use involving your children. Will handing your toddler an iPhone while you pay for groceries permanently stunt her development? Probably not, but be aware that new research further reinforces the relationship between media use in young children and delayed learning of language skills."
Toys provide children with more opportunities to exercise their brain matter through imagination and real time problem solving.
Physical toys help strengthen motor and cognitive skills. Cognitive development is responsible for communication, recollection, and how your child sees the world.
According to a study by the Toy Industry Association, parents will spend $6,500 on toys for the lifetime of one child. Google tells us on average a family purchases at least 60 new play items per year. The average cost of a current toy or board game is $30 or more; That's over $1,800 a year!
The Toybrary offers triple the amount of toys for as low as $228 per year so you can spend those dollars on a family adventure or fuel that college fund!
*2% of your subscription fee goes to fund toybrary services for underserved children in Buncombe County*
Environmental foot print
Borrowing toys rather than buying cuts back on disposal from new toy packaging.
Borrowing from The Toybrary saves on resources used in importing from the overseas manufacturing centers. (Think gas and oil.)
Up-cycling developmentally aged out toys cuts back landfill occupancy. Teaching kids the importance of environmental consciousness at a young age increases the likelihood of a better future for our planet.
Children are very empathetic to animals, showing them the importance of sustainability for the sake of their furry, fuzzy, feathered, aquatic, or reptilian friends helps prioritize sustainability for themselves.
Play is essential for a healthier, happier society and critical for improving the quality of life for its diverse individuals, families, and communities
Diverse economic engagement provides a hand up to under-served populations
Designed to appeal to children with a wide variety of abilities so that children with special needs are simply another kid to play with.