Toy Reviews: Melissa & Doug Products-Toys With Imagination

Melissa & Doug Products are our number one choice for the Toddler-Preschool plus age group. These high quality, and creative toys can be found in homes and classrooms everywhere. You just can't beat classic, wooden toys with this kind of educational value. What is most appealing about Melissa & Doug is their development of toys that support important first time educational skills such as eye-hand coordination, imaginative play, problem solving and much more. Kids can play for hours upon hours with these colorful, creative toys! There is truly something for everyone in their extensive line of awesome products.

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Let's Pretend Toys: Melissa & Doug feature toys which inspire creative play along with reinforcing important play/social skills. These types of toys have open-ended possibilities, and are great for group or solo play. The real appeal is that these types of toys grow along with your child's imagination. Popular  products include:

Melissa & Doug Birthday Party Birthday Cake Kids love birthday parties! Throw pretend birthday parties whenever you wish with this adorable birthday cake set. Includes a six slice cake, serving plate, 19 toppings, 7 candles, wooden spatula and storage box. Ages 3+.

Melissa & Doug Pizza Party Kids will have hours of imaginative fun with this wooden pizza set! Take orders and mix & match toppings. Set includes 50 toppings, pizza server, pizza cutter and wooden storage box. Ages 3+.

Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set Fun for little bakers! This creative play set lets children bake and decorate 12 wooden, sliceable cookies with 18 toppings. Cookies store in a dough tube. Set includes cookies, toppings, wooden toy knife, spatula, cookie sheet, and oven mitt. Ages 3+

Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Box A marvelous 31 piece set of quality wooden fruits, vegetables, and bread along with a rounded edge wooden knife and cutting board. Realistic crunching sounds when food is cut. Great for developing hand/eye coordination, learning food categories and even introducing fractions (1/2, 1/4 etc.) A huge hit with children 3+. Guaranteed to be played with over and over again!

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Puppet Theater It's showtime! This quality wooden puppet theater is incredibly entertaining and boosts performer's self-esteem. Features sturdy construction, non-tip base, roomy backstage, velvet curtains, chalkboard, clock with movable hands and detailed designs. A childhood treasure for years and years of imaginative play. Ages 3+.

Melissa & Doug Princess Puppet This beautiful and elegant Princess puppet with hand detailing and crown will delight your little princess. Quality construction and hand stick feature. Ages 3+.


Toys for Little Fingers: Melissa & Doug toys develop fine motor skills. These types of toys can be commonly found in preschool classrooms. (Fine motor or dexterity skills refer to your child's ability to use his or her finger/hand muscles properly so that he or she can successfully manipulate basic tools or manage small pieces.) Toddlers and preschoolers love playing with these types of toys, and don't even realize that they are developing important dexterity skills in the process.

Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Pets 5 sturdy jumbo double sided lacing pets plus colorful laces. Enjoyable activity improves hand/eye coordination. Ages 3+

Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads Colorful wood beads develop pattern, shape and color recognition. Hours of lacing entertainment. Ages 3+

Melissa & Doug Deluxe 24-Piece Princess Elise Magnetic Dress-Up Colorful & durable magnetic doll with mix and match fashions for enjoyable pretend play. Ages 3+

Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks 10 sturdy pattern boards along with 30 colorful shapes teaches matching, patterns & shape recognition. Ages 2+

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Magnetic Pattern Blocks Set Magnetic board comes with 120 colorful geometric magnets  to build 12 geometric pictures or to make your own designs. Ages 3+

Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock Wooden clock with movable hands teaches time, shape sorting and number recognition. Excellent learning tool! Ages 3-5

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Stringing Beads with over 200 beads  Over 200+ brightly colored wooden letters & beads along with 8 colored cords for lots of jewelry making fun! Beads store in wooden tray. Excellent gift choice for jewelry designers ages 4-6.


Puzzles:  The Melissa & Doug Company has an extensive and superb selection of puzzles for young children. Puzzles are a fun and challenging way to sharpen children's problem solving skills. Learning how to concentrate, analyze and retain information is an important lifelong skill, and what better way to practice than through play. Early education puzzles contain a limited number of large pieces with simple picture designs. "First time" puzzle pieces usually have a small peg handle for easier manipulation.

Melissa & Doug Large Shapes Jumbo Puzzle Great 1st puzzle with large size solid wood geometric shapes. Extra large knobs for little hands. Matching color picture underneath puzzle pieces. Promotes the development of fine motor and matching skills. Ages 1+ 

Melissa & Doug Farm Cube Puzzle Challenging 6 puzzles in 1! 3D solid wooden blocks create 6 different farm animals. A great value for ages 3+. 

Melissa & Doug See-Inside Alphabet Peg Puzzle Learn your ABCs. Alphabet peek-a-boo puzzle displays full color illustrations underneath puzzle pieces. Illustrations match the puzzle letter (ie: A is for apple) Pegs for easy manipulation of pieces. Ages 3+. 

Melissa & Doug See & Spell Learn to spell over twenty 3 and 4 letter words with this colorful picture puzzle set. Ages 4-7

Melissa & Doug Large Wire Puzzle Rack Loaded with 3 Favorite Chunky Puzzles!Deluxe wire rack holds up to 12 multi-sized puzzles. Comes with 3 colorful chunky puzzles. Ages 3+


Construction Toys: Always a big hit with children, these Meiissa & Doug toys can be played with over and over again without creating the same structure twice. Whether children are building, pretending or just experimenting, they are allowed to explore their creative potential, while practicing basic manipulative skills. The endless possibilities of these building sets make for long term play value and big time fun!

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Folding Princess Castle Award winning, gorgeous solid wood Princess castle. Extra large castle folds for storage and is stunning with its pink and gold screened accents. This enchanting castle has turrets, balconies, buttress, flag and a working drawbridge. A perfect choice to delight all the princesses in your life! Quality & Exceptional Value! Ages 3-9. Also see castle dolls playset shown below.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Folding Medieval Castle Award winning, sturdy solid wood Medieval castle. Opens fully and folds for storage with detailed Medieval accents. This awesome castle includes 3 poseable play figures and has a working draw bridge, trap door, courtyard, turrets, dungeon, staircases and more! Fantastic toy will inspire hours of imaginative play! Ages 3-9. Also see castle dolls playset shown below.

Melissa& Doug Parking Garage Eye catching wooden garage includes elevator with ramp, gas pumps and more, Kid-powered entertainment! Ages 3-6.

Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks  Award winner! Sturdy large classic 60 piece wooden block set with storage box for ages 36 months-6 years. Lots of open-ended play and an excellent value! Award winner!

Melissa&Doug Castle Blocks Build your own Medieval Castle with this wonderful 46 piece wooden castle blocks set. Sturdy, detailed castle blocks come in a storage tray along with small medieval characters. Encourages lots of imaginative play! A very good value! Ages 3-6.


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