It’s child’s play for library staff in Renfrewshire after a new and improved service was launched to help kids run wild with their imaginations.

Parents and carers who are members of Renfrewshire libraries can now go online to borrow two sets of toys at any one time from a free toy library service for four weeks.

There are all kinds of different toys for youngsters up to the age of eight available to borrow, with themed toy packs featuring characters such as The Gruffalo and dinosaurs. 

There’s also a sensory pop-up tent to borrow with specialist items and toys for youngsters to play with inside the tent.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “Play is crucial in a child’s development and by borrowing from our toy library youngsters can fire up their imaginations, become creative and learn how to play with other children and share their experiences.”

There are three categories of toys available for children to borrow and play with.

These include a “Read” category, which includes a collection of books, puppets, story sacks and song and rhyme kits, which will enhance a child’s reading.

Then there is “Discover”, which includes a range of toys to help youngsters explore the world around them, including water-play resources, space exploration and outdoor fun.

And then there is a “Learn” category, where kids can have fun learning to play new games, solve puzzles and develop new skills.

Adults should log on to where they can choose which toys to borrow and which library they would like to pick them up from.

Ms McKellar added: “The toys aren’t just for the very young as the whole family, including older brothers and sisters, can join in the fun.”