My five-year old’s room looks like a toy store blew up in it. As the holidays approach we find ourselves sorting through her accumulation of Barbies, Legos, Books and various other toys, weeding them into three distinct categories: Keep, Toss, Donate. With a large family, my daughter is easily spoiled and with a new wave of toys coming this holiday season I always wonder where we’re going to put them all. Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather see her building a castle designed from the depths of her imagination than parked in front of the TV. It’s just that I would rather those toys then be stored “in the cloud” until we’re ready to use them again.
Apparently I’m not the only parent who feels this way. Ranan Lachman had spent thousands of dollars acquiring new LEGO toys for his kids before he realized there was a better way to play without breaking the bank – he invented Pley. Pley is the leading toy rental company, helping smart parents save money, reduce clutter and help the environment.
The idea is pretty simple: for a monthly subscription fee, parents have access to hundreds of simple to ultra-complex LEGO sets, hot robotic toys like BB-8 or Dash, or Knex sets. Pley even has some exclusive LEGO sets which are very popular! To date, there are over 300,000 smart “pleyers” saving as much as 70% on toys that tend to be short lived.
Getting started is pretty painless too with three simple steps:
- Sign up. I just had to enter a few details about myself. Name, address, billing info – the usual.
- Create my Pleylist. Maddilyn got to choose her favorite LEGO themes and Pley filled her Pleylist with sets that match her preferences.
- Receive a set. Play. Send it back!
The best part is that this idea eliminates some of the clutter in our homes and it keeps kids from getting bored with their toys. Once they’ve finished playing with their toy, they can simply swap it out for a different toy. No more wasting money on toys that are left gathering dust on my shelves!
Our first Pley box brought us the LEGO City Park Cafe and promptly kept Maddilyn and her dad busy building for an hour while I cooked dinner. She has spent hours playing with the Cafe but I know that eventually she will move onto something else. Which is perfect because I can send it back and wait for her new box to arrive. That’s the beauty of Pley!
You can sign up for Pley yourself or even give a subscription as a gift! What a great holiday gift idea, right?
You can find out more about Pley here.