Old-fashioned fun

MILDURA’S Francis Hogan, 5, already has his dream job worked out.
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FUN: Ruby Pegus, 4, Francis Hogan, 5 and Emmett Jackson, 2, get back to basics, shunning digital technology for toys at Mildura Toy Library.Pictures: Carmel Zaccone

Excited: Max Pegus, 15 months, dresses up as a fireman.

Master chef: Finley Jackson cooks up a storm in the toy kitchen.

When he grows up, he wants to take over as manager of Mildura Toy Library, just like mum Mandy Hogan, vice-president of the library committee.

Along with Francis, Mrs Hogan brings daughters Josephine, 3 and Madeleine, seven months, along at least once a week.

The push for tactile toys is a growing phenomenon for many Sunraysia families who are shunning digital technology in favour of good, old-fashioned play time.

The library stocks baby toys, expressive play pieces, games, co-ordination toys and even toys for children withspecial needs.

There are bikes, dolls, toy kitchens and workshops, along with puzzles, blocks and dress-up clothing.

Mrs Hogan said while about 30 families were members, many Sunraysia residents who would benefit from a membership did not know of the library’s existence.

“We have lots of toys that, generally, you can’t afford to buy yourself,” she said.

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