As an avid library goer who takes out books and DVDs on a weekly basis, the idea of toy rentals or regular swaps always intrigued me but we never got coordinated enough to arrange something with our neighborhood friends. So when I came across Sparkbox Toys, boy oh boy, was I excited!!!
Sparkbox Toys is a toy rental subscription service. In a nutshell, you get a box of 4 educational toys curated for your child depending on age/development (you can go with what their experts choose or you can log in to the website and make substitutions). When you're done with the toys, you send them back and they'll ship your next box when the time comes based on your subscription plan (kinda like Netflix). But if you're not ready to send the toys back, no worries - no deadline, no late fees (you'll just have to wait for your next box til you send the last one back in)! If you love a toy (or break/lose it), you can buy it from them. They're all inspected, sanitized, and shrink wrapped. Shipping both ways is included in the price and you can cancel your subscription at any time. Sounds pretty amazing, right!??
They have a number of subscription plans available, that are surprisingly pretty reasonable! Our kids get sick of or grow out of their toys so fast anyway, how fun to keep a fresh rotation in the house!
So, how did our first Spark Box go?? Ummmm, in a word, AWESOME!
They've got all the important documents together in a little ring so you can't lose them, including the return shipping label and a laminated information sheet about each toy in your box (you can also find the information online when you log into your profile). This is handy for when it's time to return them, you can do a quick check to make sure you have all the pieces!!
Here's Kenzo and I getting into the box for the first time - it's like Christmas morning, no joke!! Not sure who was more excited...
Included in our box was (and because I was curious what each toy's price point was, I've googled them and added below, hehe):
The toys were a HUGE hit with Kenzo. Not a one of them was a dud. All of them very different from eachother, such a well rounded selection. And I have to add that I really loved that they were all gender neutral! You go Sparkbox!!
I really need to get this guy into music lessons... :)
Anyway, definitely DEFINITELY go check out Sparkbox - if you sign up here with code "USJAPANFAM" you'll get 50% off your first box and I'll get a free month - WIN WIN!! :)
*Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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