This is a sponsored review for Green Piñata Toys. All opinions are my own as I only recommend products/services that I believe in.
I love toys. Like, almost as much as my kids do. If you were to take a peek at my Amazon wish lists you’d see they’re filled with toys for my kids…and that’s usually where the toys stay- right there on the wish lists. I don’t often splurge on new toys outside of Christmas or birthdays (because buying all those toys would overrun our house and get kind of expensive), but I do (see: did) pine over them for my preschoolers. Did you catch that? That little word “did” in my sentence above? Let me let you in on a little secret -I have finally found a solution to getting new toys that my kids love AND stay within our budget AND keep my house (mostly) free of toy-clutter!! Here’s my secret…
My Secret to Buying Toys for Kids
I’ve finally found a solution to buying toys that makes me, my kids, and my budget happy: GREEN PIÑATA TOY RENTAL. I know what you’re thinking- why in the world would you want to rent toys?!? And let me keep it real- I wasn’t so sure about it myself, but I tried it and love it! I’ve got a whole list of reasons why toy rental is awesome but first, a little about Green Piñata Toys.
Green Piñata Toys is a rental service that offers safe, educational toys for your kids. Here’s a bit from their website:
“Green Piñata Toy Share is a revolutionary toy rental service that delivers the best quality in toxin-free, educational toys right to your door. Accompanied by our custom curriculum guide and toy selection tool, our service advances playtime for early learners and gives parents more time and space to enjoy their little ones.”
You may still be tripping over the fact that this is a toy rental service. Rental as in your kids have to send the toys back. But think of it more as toy sharing– once your kids have played with a toy to their heart’s content, they get to share it with another friend and choose something new to play with! What’s not to love about sharing? <3
The Perks of Toy Sharing
Here’s what I love about toy renting/toy sharing with Green Piñata Toys:
- I get to pick out toys that compliment specific preschool themes we are working on.
- Green Piñata offers an “educational curriculum” for developmentally appropriate toys.
- Toy sharing is really toy rotation made easy! Toys stay fresh and interesting for my kids with new selections every month!
- If my kids fall in love with a toy and we just can’t part with it, Green Piñata has an option to purchase the toy at the currently listed Amazon price!
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Our Green Piñata Toy Share Review
Green Piñata delivered the toys via UPS right to our door (I also scheduled UPS to pick up our return box so I didn’t even have to leave the house- winning!)
Here were the first toys we requested:
- Plan Toys Creative Peg Board (Amazon price $26)
- Plan Toys Fire Engine (Amazon price: $12)
- Hape Numbers Puzzle (Amazon price $15)
Total value: Over $50 in toys!!
I chose the peg board to work on my preschoolers’ fine motor skills. It included pictures to fill in and offered unstructured pattern practice as well. It was a great item to use for our morning preschool activity!
The Hape Fire Engine was an absolute hit- such a small toy with tons of pretend play opportunities! (see how my kids “rescued” numbers from our alphabet puzzle with it!) I think we will be ordering this toy again in the future (and maybe purchasing it if they still love it as much the next time around).
Last, the HAPE numbers puzzle was P-E-R-F-E-C-T!
Since we homepreschool and learn through play, we used this puzzle for tons of activities – number recognition, sequencing, hide-and-seek games, pretend play (number rescue with the fire truck- my kids made this one up themselves 😉 ), and of course spatial reasoning when used as a puzzle.
My kids were so happy with each of the toys in their first Green Piñata box, they couldn’t wait to package them back up and request new ones!
(How pretty is it that the toys come delivered in these sacks? They kind of look like little Santa sacks, don’t they??)
So how are you feeling about Green Piñata now? Toy sharing with Green Piñata is the perfect solution for:
- Minimizing toy clutter
- Home preschool/tot school lessons
- Trying new toys before buying them
- Offering high-quality toys for your kids
- Creating engaging Montessori shelves
- Trying toy rotation in your playroom
- …and so much more!
Gift a Green Piñata Subscription
Are you shopping for a kids’ birthday? What about Christmas gifts? Green Piñata also offers gift certificates that you know your kids/nieces/grandkids will love every month! And don’t forget to share this “secret” with a friend by pinning the image below!