Games are so much more than playthings for children. As they learn to play games, children fine-tune other life skills like cooperating with others, reasoning, decision-making and consequences of choices. Even if they're not ready to share their toys yet, they're always learning while they play!
Games can bring hours of quiet play or a welcome distraction on a long road trip. As little children mature, their game preferences tend to become more complex and active oriented. That's why the game selection from Melissa & Doug Toys starts with the classics and expands to travel games that are great for stashing in the backpack for flight across the Atlantic or a bike ride over to Grandma's.
Memory games are a favorite for all ages. Whether at home or on the road, choose the Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Memory Card set as a sure winner. Younger children are focused on matching the different card themes; colors, animals, numbers or fruits.
This teaches like-kind associations and recall for babies and toddlers. Older children can use the same card game to test their recall memory in matching while competing with each other to see who can complete the card in shortest time.
From checkers, chess and dominoes to favorites for generations like jacks and tic-tac-toe, the well crafted Melissa & Doug wooden game sets reinforce digital dexterity, analysis, planning and strategy. The educational value is unmistakable and there's no extra charge for the fun that your children receive from the toys they grow to cherish.
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