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Green Piñata Subscription Box Review – December 2017

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Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Box

Green Piñata is a monthly rental subscription toy box for kids, from six months to 5 years of age. Each box is customized with educational and toxin-free toys. Before your box ships, you can either select your own toys from their extensive catalog or approve the recommendations from Green Piñata. Play and explore with your child, return anything you don’t wish to keep or purchase the toys your child can’t part with!

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

This review is of the 18-24 month box, which is $24.99 a month for four toys.

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Box Contents

About Green Piñata 

The Subscription Box: Green Piñata 

The Cost: $24.99 per month plus free shipping both ways!

COUPON: Save 50% off your first month with code MYSUBSCRIPTIONADDICTION50

Or, save 20% off any gift subscription with code PINATA20

The Products: Up to 4 premium quality and educational toys.

Ships to: Lower 48 states in the U.S.

Good to know: toys can be purchased at “the same price as its Amazon list price. Please send us an email at [email protected] with the name of the toy you’d like to purchase.”

Green Piñata December 2017 Review

My son, Fox is 21 months old and very active. Let’s see what toys this month’s Green Piñata brought:

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Monthly Card Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Monthly Card Back

This month’s box came with an information card that outlines their rewards program. You can invite friends in so many different ways to earn bonus cash through Green Piñata!

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Free Return Label

I also received my free USPS return shipping label, all you have to do is package up what you don’t want to keep and take it to your local USPS office. Easy! 

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Hape Farm Animals Peg Puzzle Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Hape Farm Animals Peg Puzzle 2

Hape Farm Animals Peg Puzzle – Retail Value $11.99 (found here for $9.76)

These wooden peg puzzles are the best! My son is obsessed with animals and loves matching the puzzle piece to its shape on the board. We will even play a game to match animal sounds to each piece, to make it extra fun! I love how easy each piece is to move around with the pegs and how bright each drawing is. Plus, puzzles like this really help to build fine motor, cognitive, and language skills in your little one.

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Hape Spring-A-Ling

Hape Spring-A-Ling – Retail Value $12.97

This is a great toy to take with you on the go in the car, at the grocery store, as something to distract your little one at a restaurant. The maze is this amazing blue color that my son loved, and each bead is wooden and so bright. The toy also helps to build fine motor and cognitive skills. At first, my son thought this was something fun to throw around since it made a cool sound once it hit the carpet. However, once I started to make up fun games, he really got a kick out of this toy. We used it to count each bead and sometimes the beads would race!

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Hape My Pet Kitty Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Hape My Pet Kitty Book Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Hape My Pet Kitty Toys

Hape My Pet Kitty – Retail Value $9.99 (found here for $6.79)

Books that come with a toy version of the characters are my favorite! My son loves to read, but he really enjoyed seeing the characters on the pages that he was also holding in his hand. I think a toy like this really helps with imaginative play and storytelling. After we read the book, we took the kitty and girl on different adventures throughout our house. The kitty took a ride in a wagon, they met all of our superheroes, and they even got a tour of our kitchen. We have a dog that my son is slowly learning how to play nicely with, so having these toys was also a great way to help him understand how important the relationship between animal and owner can be and that we are always supposed to be very nice and gentle with our pets. I really loved this book and toy set and I know my son did as well!

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Hape Pyramid Of Play – Retail Value $33.00

Blocks are a toddler’s best friend I think. This set is honestly so beautiful and being wooden won’t get damaged the way some of my son’s paper block sets have. This set has numbers, colors, and animals listed plus they are great for stacking. We used this set so much to go over our numbers, to count the animals, and to name the colors. My son loved stacking and knocking down the blocks over and over again, which I tried to picture above. This really is the type of toy that is going to get a lot of use, but that you know will last through many years and other siblings! 

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Blocks

Bonus Item: Wooden Blocks

This set of blocks was not listed in my account as a toy for the month. I tried to find a small set like this online, but most wooden block sets come in bigger packets. Even though I wasn’t able to find this set online or listed in my account, they were a huge hit with my son! Again, blocks are great for toddler’s so he spent a lot of time stacking and knocking these over. We also used them to go over our shapes and colors!

Green Pinata Box December 2017 - Playing

Here is an action shot of Fox playing with all of his cool new toys! So happy that these came on a snow day to help keep him entertained for the morning.

Verdict: Green Piñata is such a unique way to play and test toys before purchasing! I love that you can rent a curated box for your child’s age, allow them to play with each set of toys, and purchase or return without a problem. For me, toys are coming and going like the wind and I never know what is going to catch my son’s attention. Green Piñata allows us to watch him interact with the toys for a few days (or as long as I’d like) before deciding if we should keep or send them back for a fresh new box. This month’s curation was stellar, providing my son with a ton of joy and entertainment! I also love that Green Piñata lists what is special about the toy, what skills are built through playing, and suggested ways to play all through my account. 

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Each box is customized to your child’s age, so you might not get this exact box. You can order today to get a January box!

Coupon – Save 50% off your first month with code MYSUBSCRIPTIONADDICTION50. Or, save 20% off any gift subscription with code PINATA20

Value Breakdown: This box costs me $24.99, but I received $64.95 worth of toys. I am able to keep the toys as long as I’d like and returning them is free of charge!

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Written by Taryn Lowman

Taryn Lowman

Taryn’s passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

13 Comments

  1. Let me get this straight – you pay $25 for the box. If you don’t keep any of the toys, you are out $25.

    If you buy just the peg puzzle, you are out $25 + $10 (current Amazon price) = $35. That’s a really expensive puzzle.

    If you buy just the Spring-a-ling puzzle, you will be paying $25 + $13 (Amazon price) = $38.

    If you decide to just keep the book and figures, you will pay $25 + $7 = $32. What a deal!

    If you just purchase the pyramid an blocks, you will have paid $25 + $33 = $58.

    If you buy all of the toys, you are out $25 + $65 = $90.

    However, if you were to buy all of the toys directly from Amazon, you would only pay $10 + $13 + $7 + $33 = $63. And you get free shipping to boot.

    Essentially, that $25 is for the “free” shipping both ways for Green Pinata. And since the probably pay bulk rate, their cost is much less than $12.50 each way.

    Better to go on Amazon, find Hape Toys, and see what they have to offer. Or go to a garage sale and find something similar for a much lower price. Try a toy store if you want to see if he likes any given toy.

    Basically, you are spending $25 x 12 = $300/year with nothing to show for it.

    • Oh, for safety/privacy’s sake, you might want to cover up your return address on the return label picture – you never know who is seeing these pictures!

    • I definitely see value in being able to try out different toys before buying them. And I also see value in being able to rent a variety of toys to spice up your play and learning routines, even just for a few weeks at a time. I just think that $25/mo is too much for renting toys if there’s no discount on the (used) toys that you want to keep.

      • @Sarah, I am from Green Piñata. You are right, just like you mentioned, our customers see value in not having to buy the toys only to find 1. Kids don’t like the toys at all or 2. They outgrow toys fast because they get bored of the toys too fast in such young age as their brand develops rapidly. We do apply discounts on used toys. We have asked mysubscriptionaddiction folks to fix it in the review 🙂 Hope that helps.

        • Thanks! I like the concept a lot and I think the discount on used to makes it work!

    • Hi Teresa, I am from Green PIñata and just want to clarify. The whole point of the service is it is a rental subscription. For kids under age 5 with their rapid brain development happening in the early years (90% of the brain develops with in the first 5 years), they outgrow toys in days or weeks. These toys can be rented for a month just for $24.99 and typically, kids that age don’t want to hangaround those toys longer. If they get attached to a toy you can buy at amazon price (if it is brand new) or discounted price if you received a used toy (we would know what you received). The whole point is around saving money and reducing clutter and not get stuck with toys your kids have outgrown. Hopefully that helps clarify 🙂

  2. I really like this subscription, but it’s odd to me that they do not discount the toys you want to keep. I mean… they’re used! If you have to pay the Amazon price to keep the toy, I’d probably just send it back and order a brand new one off of Amazon, partially out of spite and also because I’d earn more points on my Prime Rewards card. Am I missing something? Like, if you purchase the toys through Green Pinata do you earn points to apply to your subscription or something?

    • Thanks for your post! The rental format is just a fun way to test drive new toys, and they offer a great look into what skills your child will develop and how to play with each toy. The toys never seem to be used, always in wonderful condition!

    • Agree it’s really weird the toys aren’t discounted. I could go to a consignment store and get toys for less money. The little cat figure and the little girl figure do look used to me, I wouldn’t pay full price for them.

      • Thanks for your post!

      • @Sara, I am from Green Piñata. We do apply discounts on used toys. The point is simply missing in the review. We have asked Taryn to fix it 🙂

  3. I think that the block set is part of the Hape Kid’s Pyramid of Play toy since they fit the holes on the blocks (they’re pictured together on the Amazon listing).

    • OMG you are right! They came packaged separately so I didn’t even realize that. Thank you so much for pointing that out!

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