I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Green Piñata Toy Share, which offers monthly toy rental subscriptions for young children. Toys included in each “piñata” come from companies that focus on toxin-free, sustainable production, beautiful design, and educational qualities. Greentoys, HABA, Plan Toys, and Hape are a few of the brands offered by Green Piñata.
Wilson and I were lucky enough to get our own piñata to try out! Here are some photos of the experience:
Since Wilson was ready for some new materials, I took everything off his shelf and set out the toys from our piñata. In Montessori fashion, I put some in baskets and tried to display them from simple to complex (with more open ended toys on the top shelf, and more task-based toys on the bottom shelf).
Needless to say, Wilson was thrilled when he discovered these new materials to play and work with. He was engaged for nearly an hour, inspecting each toy and trying it out in different ways.
Some other tidbits about Green Piñata:
- $39.99 per month gets you a new box every month; $24.99 per month gets you a new box every two months. Both price points allow you to use the toys for as long as you (and your children) wish, and if you decide you want to keep anything, Green Piñata will charge you 30% off the toy's Amazon price.
- Brands offered by Green Piñata are often difficult to find in stores, so membership gives you access to a large variety at a lower cost (the average retail value of each shipment is $120).
- The toys in each shipment are carefully chosen to match your child's age. However, you can log into your account and make substitutions, if you prefer. Green Piñata will also work with you on toy selection if your child has special needs.
- After a toy is no longer rentable, It is donated to a local children's charity; in a way, your membership helps even more children gain access to high quality toys.
Green Piñata is a wonderful option if you want to offer your child a variety of high quality, educational toys. Instead of having to research, choose, purchase, and store everything, you can rent and return as you wish. Take a look at Green Piñata's FAQs here to learn even more about the company!