It has been quite the year at Green Piñata and we have had a blast getting to know our customers and seeing what your littles deem as our best toys. We often get asked which toys are favorites among customers, and while all children are different, there are certainly some favorites out there! To round out the year, take a look at our most rented toys of 2016, which ones you should add to your next or first Piñata, and please share with us any toys you'd like to see in our catalog!
Best Toys for Infants
Sensory Tumbling from PlanToys (6-9 months)
Why we love it: Three toys in 1! Each rolling happy face features a different color and texture atop its head. Little hands can easily grasp and roll each tumbler giving a sense of accomplishment to even the youngest Green Pinata baby!
Take-a-long Activity Box by Hape Toys (9-12 months)
Why we love it: One of our larger toys, the toy encompasses so many movable tiles and pieces to keep little ones busy for hours. From gears to mirrors this toy has it all!
Clatter Music by PlanToys (9-12 months)
Why we love it: Little musicians rejoice! This multicolored toy not only starts a conversation about colors and sound, but also helps to increase motor skills as the newest band members of the family begin their part of percussion.
Wonder Dice by Haba (9-12 months)
Why we love it: Little builders get to work on their balance skills without the risk of being injured by tumbling blocks. These plush blocks come in different colors, shapes and even have different textures, stimulating all senses while also working on fine motor skills.
Best Toys for Toddlers
Pound and Tap Bench by Hape (12-18 months)
Why we love it: You get two toys in one! Watch as your little one uses the mallet to hit three different colored balls that snugly fit in a corresponding colored holes. Place the xylophone on the tracks underneath and it is now a musical instrument as the balls roll down the inclined plane! Or take the xylophone out and let your little musician explore different pitches as they use the mallet on the different sized bars.
Walk-a-Long Snail by Hape (12-18 months)
Why we love it: Place the circle shell on the back of the snail and pull it along as the blocks clatter behind. Remove the shell and it’s a shape sorter! Corresponding colors help guide little ones as they continue to learn their shapes.
Cone Sorting Rocket by PlanToys (18-24 months)
Why we love it: Pretend play takes flight as this multi-piece and multi-colored rocket enters the toy room. Little hands continue to build fine motor skills as they stack the pieces together to create the rocket, and help get the little “alien” to his new planet!
Ladybug Shape Sorter by Hape (18-24 months)
Why we love it: A new take on a puzzle! Four different shaped pieces and colored rings with matching shape cut outs makes this toy a hit! Put all pieces together and pretend play can begin with a big ladybug in the living room!
Tea for Two by Hape (18-24 months)
Why we love it: Cups, saucers, a teapot and little tea bags, all on a little wooden tray! Need we say more? Tea time taken to the next level as your little one uses the tiny spoons to scoop the sugar and stir the milk just the way you like it.
My First Orchard Game by Haba (2-3 years)
Why we love it: One of the first board games for our Green Pinata kids, allows them to take control. A large colored die and corresponding colored fruit pieces makes it a great introduction to taking turns!
Feeling and Touching by Haba (2-3 years)
Why we love it: Put one set of wooden food in the cloth sheep and have your little one use their sense of touch to feel what the sheep ate and find the same piece in the cloth bag. Tactile and fine motor skills all in one! The ability to also use the soft sheep in story telling is just an added bonus!
Best Toys for Preschoolers and Beyond
Pop Up Toaster by Hape (3-4 years)
Why we love it: Little ones love to help in the kitchen, but weary of them getting hurt by the stove or toaster? Problem solved with this great little play food set, which includes a pop up toaster, sliced bread, even butter that can be sliced into pads!
Stack-a-Track by Maple landmark (4-5 years)
Why we love it: Little engineers’ minds go crazy for this Vermont made toy! Fine motor skills are challenged as they take the wooden pieces and carefully place them between two pegs to build a unique track all their own!