Lovevery “The Pioneer” Play Kit Review For 16, 17, 18 Months: Worth It?

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Trying to decide if “The Pioneer” Play Kit from Lovevery is worth it? In this post, I'll share my experience with Lovevery's montessori based toy subscription service after having this playkit for the last 6 months! In the video review, I share how my daughter has liked the toys, which ones I think we'll play with for years, and which ones were a bit of a disappointment. In this post, I also talk about the cost of the play kit and how it compares to buying single items off Amazon.

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You can read the FAQs and full review of all the Lovevery Subscription Play Kits here.

Video review: “The Pioneer” Play Kit in action:

What is inside The Pioneer Play Kit for Months 16, 17, 18?

Race track ramp!

A side-by-side race track ramp with 2 little cars to gain a deeper understanding of motion, direction, and velocity.

R didn't play with this the first couple of weeks I put it out, but then I started playing with it alone and she quickly started playing with it too.

I think it's one of those toys to introduce more towards 17 or 18 months for some kids and will last a longggg time from there.

book, child on playground on the cover

“Max and nana go to the park” board book

Again, it's a Lovevery book so my kid is obviously obsessed.

Bead and threading kit

My daughter is IN LOVE with this toy.

She got frustrated at first. She'd thread a bead on but didn't realize she had to move her hand away from the “needle” to let the bead drop so I spent a good amount of time doing it with her.

Regardless, she loves it now that she's mastered it. We also use some of the thinner beads as rings or I'll pretend hold it up as a necklace or bracelet. Super fun fine motor activity and imaginative play toy.

different sizes big beads and thread with solid end

material bag

Drawstring bag

Organic cotton bag for the bead kit above.

We always model cleaning up for her and she's really good about putting this toy away with the bag since it's another lesson in containment.

Toddler Play Kits by Lovevery

Geometric friends puzzle

Under each different geometric shape is a child's face! We practice identifying colors and shapes out loud as she works on problem solving the more complex shapes of this puzzle.

hidden faces wooden shapes toy

“Simons Says” Cube and Cards

Super fun “roll the dice” style game. The cube has pockets you place the cards in and teach about all the different parts of the body. The cards are double sided.

“Things I Can Do” board book

Okay, I know I always say my daughter is obsessed with all of the Lovevery books… but she is really obsessed with this one.

I think she particularly loves the ones where she can easily point/act out the things in the book. Anyway, it's beyond adorable to watch her stand on one foot, clap, brush her teeth, etc. as we go through it.

book girl on the cover

The Play Kits by Lovevery

toy with material bugs to stick on

Sticky bug bush

So this is a fun little toy! It's a container, but the outside is a felt material and looks like a bush or a tree. Inside is an assortment of velcro critters that your toddler can stick to the “bush”

My daughter was skeptical about this at first, but seems to play with it more and more the older she gets.

Organic cotton big kid ball

…and big kid ball it is.

Honestly, I don't know how much my daughter has even played with this as my husband and I have kind of taken it over.

We kick it, toss it, and catch it while she climbs her Pikler Triangle.

She'll hop off the triangle and want to jump into a three way came of catch or kick passing it in the playroom.

Honestly, she just loves watching us enjoy playing with it though.

big material ball

tiny soft mouse wrapped in blaket

Mouse in sleep sack

This is the CUTEST toy ever.

My daughter just holds up the mouse to her face and nuzzles it. She treats it like her own mini finger pet and is obsessed with it.

She struggles to push it out of the sleep sack, so I still help her with that right now.

Compact Mirror

Ahh we love this toy!

Again, perfect size for traveling. I also don't own a compact mirror, so it's great for her… and if I did own one, I'd probably be happy to have mine back.

She loves looking at herself from the multiple angles too!

small wooden frame mirror

small colourful box to pack mouse and mirror

Toy box

A little box for the mouse and mirror on the go.

We just use the zipper pouch from previous play kits for that though.

Honestly R hasn't had much interest in this yet. I do anticipate as she gets older, she'll use this as a sort of “treasure box.” With that said, I wouldn't be surprised if they get rid of this in future iterations of this play kit.

Play Guide

A complete guide backed by research with ideas on how to play with the items in your play kits and the skills your toddler is developing at 16, 17, and 18 months old.

pioneer play guide book

Is The Pioneer Play Kit from Lovevery worth it?

Yes!! R already LOVES the items in this play kit SO much and I know she'll get a ton more use out of them as she grows! Shop it here.

Some of the pros of the Pioneer Play Kit:

It's really the best deal (comes out to around $9 a toy) and has items that you can't find anywhere else.

For instance a comparable…

  • Race track (that only allow for 1 car at once, so you aren't actually “racing”) start at $20 on Amazon.
  • Threaded bead kit costs $15 on Amazon.
  • Geometric puzzle costs around $17 on Amazon (and is NO WAY as engaging as this one).
  • Roll and play cube is $25 on Amazon

Board books all cost around $8 (price of these) and then I couldn't find anything like the velcro critter bush, pocket mouse, or something as safe/well made at the compact mirror in this kit.

How much does The Pioneer Play Kit from Lovevery Cost?

The Pioneer Play Kit is $120 for 3 months of toys, or you can get a 10% discount if you pay up front which would bring the price down to $108, or “$36 a month” as it says on their website here.

Shop “The Pioneer” Play Kit from Lovevery:

You can read the FAQs and full review of Lovevery Subscription Play Kits here.


Lovevery play kits are a montessori toy subscription service. You receive a box every 2-3 months based on your child’s age. Each Lovevery play kit comes with waldorf inspired toys refining fine and gross motor skills, books, etc. All the toys are made with wood and organic cotton so they are also extremely well-made. The toys are created based on what children need at each stage based on research. Here I look at "The Pioneer" for 1 year olds, 16, 17, and 18 month olds. #montessoritoys