Build a colorful trail of 100 wooden dominoes

Design your own domino race full of extra play value then watch them come tumbling down. 

Build a colorful trail of 100 wooden dominoes and add a bridge, bell, rails, and assorted tricks. Then, tap one rectangle and watch them all come tumbling down. With Hape dominoes, there are endless possibilities for 3-D thinking and engineering development.  It develops children’s logic, kinesthetic, and hand-eye coordination.

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Baby toys

How to select a toy for your child

By Dolly Gupta, cofounder Rentoys.in

Right toys can accelerate a child’s learning curve

Early childhood experiences have a significant and lasting impact on children’s cognitive and social development. Increasing your child’s exposure to early learning can be accomplished through right toys — toys that develop cognitive skill and allow them to play, experiment, and learn. Now, with thousands of toys available in the market, it is not an easy job to identify the right toys for your child.

Every child’s needs are different

Your child’s current developmental stage plays a major role in the toy selection. Below is an amazing chart by Plan Toys that clearly portrays a child’s needs at different ages. Children achieve milestones across physical, intellectual, language, and social-emotional domains.

Child Development Stages Toys

Now, there is a probability that your child has already started demonstrating a skill that is ahead of its time. Or, that your child is still trying to catch up. Both the cases are perfectly normal. Every child is unique and learns things in his/her own time. So, take a judgement call and choose the right toys for the right skills appropriate to your child’s developmental stage.

Right Toys for Right Skills

Block Play is a classic constructive way to provide valuable learning for children of all ages. It instils a sense of wonder in children as they bring their imagination to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique. It enhances their fine motor skills, problem-solving abilities, and hand-eye coordination. Lego is a great example of block play. You can also find more creative and imaginative blocks like Tegu Magnetic blocks that can make play a wholesome experience for your child.

Pretend Play is a cheerful imaginative play to help develop empathy and desire to know more. Your child learns from things around them and is always curious about activities you do in daily routine. Doctor Set, Kitchen Set, Picnic Set are just a few of the many toys to learn social-emotional and basic life skills with fun.

Active Play is any kind of physical activity your child do that involves stamina & energy. It makes sure your child dares to try more and more! When a child throws a ball or takes a ride on a tricycle, he/she learns about speed and power and develops gross motor skills. For infants, Push-and-Pull toys and walkers aid in balancing and help in healthy development.

Creative Play is a beautiful form of self-expression and boosts new ways of thinking in your child. Little kids are masters of the moment. They love the way it feels when they smear paint on paper. They wonder how it looks when they sprinkle glitter. They get excited by even the soft sound a brush makes as it crosses the page. Playdoh and other modelling activities allow kids to enjoy the process of creation with free use of their imagination.

STEM Toys: While classic toys will always play an important role in a child’s development, STEM toys encourages them to develop science, technology, engineering and math skills as they engineer their imagination. Some STEM toys require the use of an app for playtime, others provide direct experience, offering all the benefits of traditional play. Osmo and Learning Resources toys are examples of respective cases.

So, when you stroll down the toy aisle next time, I hope you will feel prepared to select the right toy. Whether you plan to purchase a toy for your infant or toddler, find a toy that nurtures childhood development and elicits your child’s interest. All in all, consider the type of play experience that is best for you and your child before making your purchase.

What was it like on 15th August, 1947

In an exclusive conversation with Mr. Hazari Lal Goyal, who belongs to the last generation who witnessed the 15th of August, 1947 in India, tells us how Hindus and Muslims celebrated the day together, what was it like in the schools, which flag was used by the common people and many more stories…

A very happy Independence Day to all of you!

Why I am in toy rental business and not in toy selling business

By Ankit Gupta, cofounder Rentoys.in

“Working with Zipcar really opened my eyes to the idea of excess capacity. I truly understood, and worked into the website and marketing materials, that people could only pay for what they used, and didn’t need to buy more than they wanted.” Robin Chase, the co-founder of Zipcar

Buying is the opposite of sustainable living

When you buy something, you promote production of that thing. More production means more consumption of raw materials and subsequently depletion of natural resources. This may seem a bit exaggerated until you have a look at this great infographic.

 

 

According to the infographic, a rare-earth metal Indium is slated to deplete in the next 5-10 years. Indium (when alloyed with tin) is the “go to” metal for LCD and touch screens. In fact, the demand for the metal in flat panel displays (FPDs) alone ranges from around 52% to 56% of the total net demand for the metal. If the production of touch screens and FPDs won’t slow down, it might even be less than 5 years for Indium to say goodbye to Earth.

More production not only consumes natural resources, but also contaminates the environment. Take plastic for example. It doesn’t degrade and most of it end up in trash sites as well as in forests, creeks, rivers, seas, and oceans around the world. Not only this, the production of plastic for the U.S. alone uses 331 billion barrels of petroleum, equal to 5 percent of the US consumption of petroleum – a non-renewable resource.

Buy only when you can consume, else share

Every use of a purchased item can be considered a service from that item. For example, you can either buy a set of scissors and get a haircut (a service by the scissors) or go to a salon and achieve the same objective in the form of a service by a barber. Extending the same concept to all the purchases, you may as well stop buying things altogether, as long as all your needs are getting fulfilled.

According to Nicolas Voisin, founder of TheAssets.co, which trades in business-related goods, “80% of the things in our homes are used less than once a month, and self-storage has increased by 1,000% over the past three decades.” These underutilized assets are the core of excess capacity, production, and resource consumption.

If we don’t stop buying and start sharing, the depletion of key natural resources is inevitable.

Now, focusing only on parents and their buying behavior. If you are a parent of a toddler, you can very well relate with this image.

Can you estimate how much of this is plastic! And, it’s not that only cheap toys are made of plastic. Even your kid’s favorite Hot Wheels and LEGO are made of plastic and there is nothing called as a good plastic.

Last year alone, LEGO made more than 60 billion plastic bricks. To put that in context, it has made the Guinness Book of World Records for being the “largest tyre manufacturer per annum”. Now, a kid plays with one LEGO set only once, or max twice. But, a LEGO brick can be used 37,112 times! This signifies the quantum of asset underutilization and wastage of natural resources. LEGO says its plastic pieces will be made with sustainable material by 2030. Until then, we have a solution – Reuse toys!

Decrease your carbon footprint by renting toys and save environment

A new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation finds that a circular economy (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) could bring annual benefits of US$624 billion in 2050 – a benefit equivalent to 30% of India’s current GDP, through reduced material costs and increased profits for businesses. In my opinion, only a conscious effort towards this cause can achieve the estimated benefits.

In 2015, the LEGO Group’s total emissions output globally was approximately one million tonnes of CO2. If everyone, instead of buying, rent a LEGO at least one time, it means a flat reduction of half a million tonnes of CO2!!! And what if:

Rentoys is not just a toy rental company, but a vision to protect the environment

Rentoys is built as a socially responsible company and is on a mission to reduce the landfills of discarded toys. Not only we promote reuse of our toys, but also act as a conduit for your used toys to reach those who are not as privileged as many of us to play with toys. We also donate one toy for every new customer from our revenues.

In the end – Why Renting

I must admit that the idea of renting toys repelled me at first. How could I let my kid play with used toys! The pride of ownership had blinded my eyes. But, as I got to know the original founders of Rentoys, their vision, and the negative impact I was making by buying toys, I started absorbing the concept. Finally, spending 2 years in the US with a toddler, without spending a single dollar on toys, and watching my son learn and grow with rented ones showed me that I actually never ever need to buy toys to play with them.


References:
http://www.etf.com/sections/features-and-news/4864-indium-at-your-fingertips-the-go-to-minor-metal-for-flat-panel-displays?nopaging=1

Six Reasons Why Plastic Is Bad for the Environment

How Green is the Sharing Economy?

The average Lego brick can be used 37,112 times

LEGO says its plastic pieces will be made with sustainable material by 2030


https://lc-www-live-s.legocdn.com/r/www/r/aboutus/-/media/aboutus/sustainability/lego-group-2015-co2-emissions-publication_2016-09-01.pdf?la=en-US&l.r=59149595

Announcing the birth of our new baby

This is Ankit & Dolly from Rentoys. All good things must come to an end…and be replaced with something much better 🙂

We feel thrilled to announce the new version of Rentoys. It’s another step in our master plan to shape the future of play.

The foundation for new Rentoys was laid when we moved to the US for a couple of years and were looking for ways to keep our 1-year old engaged. We were simply amazed by the quality and the selection of toys in the local toy lending libraries. We witnessed first-hand how smart and educational toys can really accelerate a child’s learning curve. Our son developed fine motor skills and learned the shapes, numbers, alphabets, colors, and animals (dinosaurs became his favorite) – all from the rented toys. The toys were so engaging that even we could play with them for hours.

Not spending a single dollar on buying toys and watching our son grow through play inspired us to transform Rentoys into a much bigger mission. As Manoj and Neeta – founders of Rentoys – will now continue to mentor us throughout this journey, we feel both humbled and lucky to be able to add value to their core vision. Below are some of the great features of new Rentoys.

Awesome play experience
Play with 300+ award-winning educational toys and kids books curated from all around the world.

Pay per use
Get freedom from monthly commitment and registration charges. Pay only when you order. Skip a month and cancel any time.

Delivering pan-India
Place an order for anywhere in India and we will deliver to your doorsteps.

Feeling excited?

Rentoys is committed to helping children learn and grow through play, and making every day a new discovery. We are confident that you and your kid/niece/nephew would thoroughly enjoy playing with our toys and books.

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