Rent That Toy!
When Daniel was younger, I used to rent a toy for him every month. I would choose the big bulky items, e.g., an exersaucer in the shape of a car. Stuff that I would refrain from buying because I wasn't sure if he'd take to it, or because even if he did, he would lose interest after a few weeks. I remember having very good experiences with the toy rental companies, and recently, I decided to see what was out there for bigger kids--i.e., Daniel and Benjamin now!
A lovely kitchen set that has light and sound on the 2 stove units, openable fridge and oven doors, and over 30 play items, including 2 sets of forks, spoons, knives, cups, a chopper & chopping board, a huge pot, a frying pan, 4 hooks, and an assortment of vegetables (very healthy eh!). There is also a tap with movable part, a sink area, an little racks for the oven and fridge!
Dan and Ben are really taking to it! (And frankly, so am I! I never had something like this when I was growing up!) We already have a box of masak masak stuff so now, our old stuff combined with this new set is really cool. For $30 a month, I thought it's pretty economical, since it retails at $129 and I'm not planning to rent it for more than a month (my kids won't play with it forever).
I am eyeing a mini swing-slide combo next! Or possibly, 2 tricycles!
Oh, I rented from Rent That Toy. If anybody knows of any better place to rent from, do let me know!
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