Save Money And Entertain Your Kids With a Toy-Sharing Subscription

they probably just got a whole bunch of new toys during the holidays and yes, you’re still going to hit a point where you wish they had something new to switch things up and distract them during an unexpected snow day. And yet, they Do Not Need Any More Stuff.

But you could borrow something for awhile. Enter: the toy-sharing subscription service. According to Pinterest, toy-sharing became something of a trend in 2018, with searches for “toy-sharing subscriptions” up 313 percent.

Benefits of toy-sharing subscriptions

  • The cost to rent the toys is cheaper than outright buying them.
  • It’s a chance to try out toys you might not want to fully invest in.
  • Less giant plastic waste in our landfills.
  • You can target their developmental age for educational toys that are perfect for them right now.
  • They get mail! Everyone loves getting mail!
  • If they get totally hooked on a particular toy, you can still purchase it.

Here are a couple to check out:

Green Piñata Toys

For $24.99 a month and geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, you can choose up to four toys in a box. Select your toys, play, purchase whatever you can’t part with, return the rest and wait for your next box. You can check out the toy catalog, which boasts that “all of our toys are free of chemicals, made from sustainably sourced wood or recycled plastic, and have been produced in an eco-conscious environment.”

Toy Library

You pick 2 toys per monthly shipment for infants to age 10. Basic plans start at $19.99 per month and go up depending on the value of the toys. The company has a library of more than 500 toys to choose from, and they can make recommendations for your child based on play preferences. All toys, according to Toy Library, are cleaned with “ultrasonic baths” and wooden toys are cleaned with “non-toxic, environmentally friendly, anti-bacterial wipes.”

Alternatively, if you want fewer toys but more stuff for them to do, try an activity-based subscription:

Little Passports

Aimed at inspiring kids to learn about places all around the world, Little Passports offers different options for ages 3-12. Early explorers (ages 3-5) receive kits with themes like music, ocean or dinosaurs. Kids ages 6-10 can learn about a new country each month, and kids ages 7-12 learn about 2 new states each month. Kids 9+ can sign up for monthly science experiments and activities.