Review: Melissa and Doug Fashion Design Activity Kit

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I don't know many mamas who aren't huge fans of Melissa & Doug products. This company is just full of fabulous toys that last for ages and have tons of learning opportunities. Our most recent favorite is the Melissa & Doug Fashion Design Activity Kit. You may recognize something similar from your own childhood - I know I had one like it! I know I spent many hours … [Read more...]

Melissa And Doug Train Table Review


If you have the space, a play table can be a great piece for any family home. We recently received the Melissa And Doug Train Table, which has been a huge hit with our little boy. He has so much fun setting everything up on the train table and then tearing it all down, only to build something else on it!   The train table was extremely easy to assemble: my … [Read more...]

Product Review: Melissa and Doug Shopping Cart


This review is going to be pretty brief: if you're looking for a shopping cart for your children, this is the one. Yes, the Melissa and Doug Shopping Cart is pricier than other carts at $49.99, but it could not be more realistic! With its sturdy metal construction (it is heavy at 12 pounds), it glides around so easily and even has a folding doll seat for you child's favorite … [Read more...]

Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards


We stumbled across the Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards on a recent shopping trip, and my daughter, shockingly, asked for it. I couldn't get to the cash register fast enough, considering she usually looks at things that are loud and/or sparkly. This is a sit down game that is quiet! Let's go! Recommended for ages 3 and up, the game comes with ten colorful … [Read more...]

Melissa and Doug Picture Bingo


  We are now at the point where we can play board games with our three year old daughter and the pieces won't get thrown around and she will actually sit for more than 30 seconds to play. I know, it's a miracle. So recently, we got this Melissa and Doug Picture Bingo game as it's aimed at children aged 3 years and up, and thought we'd give it a shot. It's a … [Read more...]

Toddlers Love The Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box


Looking for a great gift for a toddler without the noise, flashy lights, or batteries? Something educational and fun under $20? Then you have got to try the Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box. This box is simple but smart- there are wooden food items, a wooden chopping board, and a wooden knife (completely safe, of course). Each food item is chopped up into small pieces and has … [Read more...]

Toddler Yard Water Fun for Under $20


In this blistering heat, everyone wants to be outside including your little toddlers and babies. If you don't have a pool near you, here are some fun water ideas for your children to play with in the yard for under $20. The prices also make them great gifts too! 1. Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler $14.98 I remember running around when I was younger … [Read more...]

Shapes, Shapes, and More Shapes


I am in love borderline obsessed with the educational toy company, Melissa and Doug. I love that their products are made of great materials and that their toys provide children of all ages with learning opportunities that are fun and colorful. Given my love for all things Melissa and Doug, when I saw a Melissa and Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob puzzle at my local TJ Maxx, I knew … [Read more...]

My daughter’s musical roots


My first daughter’s musical roots go deep. Very deep. She’s been “making” and “playing” pots and pans and our kitchen hardwood floors since she was about eight months old. I know. The whole "playing since eight months old" sounds impressive right? In the event that she makes it big someday as a jazz musician (jazz because she’s a bluesy kind of a girl) I hope to put that little … [Read more...]

I’m Teaching My Toddler Some Responsibilities with a Chart


In case you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of the Melissa and Doug brand of educational toys. Given my love for their products and commitment to craftsmanship, when my first daughter received a Melissa and Doug Responsibility Chart as a Christmas gift as a 12 month-old, I was stoked. Wait. Uhh, for the sake of my “cool” points, please ignore the fact that I said “stoked” in … [Read more...]

Learning About Animals With Our Wooden Nesting Blocks


Melissa and Doug are well known for their entertaining and educational wooden toys, and our recent purchase of their Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks are just that. Colorful and bright, and with four different animal themes on each side of the block, you can help your child learn the names and sounds, while watching them stack these blocks on top of each … [Read more...]

Pound! Pound! Roll…


If you're looking for a toy that's sure to be a hit (pun intended) look no further! The Melissa and Doug Pound and Roll Tower is a small and colorful tower that comes with four brightly colored wooden balls and a wooden hammer. You place the balls in the holes at the top so they sit in a plastic ring, and after a few hits with the hammer, watch the balls roll down! The … [Read more...]

Go Battery-Free!

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If your house is anything like mine, then you are going through batteries as fast as you are diapers.  Between the toys, vibrating chairs, mobiles, entertainers and monitors, we have had a battery charger going constantly for my daughter’s 14 months.  And no matter how many we have on hand, there seems to always be a toy whose batteries are on their last legs, leaving the … [Read more...]

Toys for your Early Walker!


It's an exciting time when your little one starts walking. The part before they start running around and pulling everything out of drawers and sticking their hands in the toilet, I mean. Your child wants to use their new skill as much as possible, so what better way to encourage them than with a toy made for an early walker. Here are a few of our favorites:   Melissa … [Read more...]

Melissa & Doug on Sale! Stock up for the holidays!


For a limited time and while supplies last, get up to 30% off select toys from Melissa & Doug from  We are big fans of Melissa & Doug toys and think this is a great time to stock up on holiday gifts. A few of our favorite picks are: Melissa & Doug Trunki ($28.00) It's a's a's a storage bin!  Trunki allows kids to ride … [Read more...]