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Melissa & Doug Educational and Wooden Toys

Tiffany Dow

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Melissa & Doug are toymakers on a mission. It's not about sales, because quality sells itself. It's not about volume, because that approach tends to sacrifice quality. It's definitely not about chasing trends or reflecting the latest movie craze. For Melissa & Doug it's about designing, testing and offering the highest quality toys that are educational and enjoyable. That's been the focus of their toy line for over twenty years.

You won't see Melissa & Doug toys pump out loud commercials between boisterous cartoon shows. Their toys are for the parent and grandparent who is buying more than a gift; they are choosing a multi-use toy that makes the most of each developmental stage. You don't find toys like that among the flimsy play products at discount retailers.

If you aren't a preschool teacher or psychologist, how do you know which toys really are educational? Follow those who are in the know, that's how. Melissa & Doug Toys have earned the Parents Choice Award, Baby Talk Editor's Choice Award and Children's Choice Award just to name a few.

The educational benefits of these toys have also been the subject of articles in prestigious publications including Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Creative Child, Parents Magazine and seen on television with Oprah Winfrey, Extreme Home Makeover and Live with Regis and Kelly.

How many toys recalls have you seen that involve flimsy plastic toys? These cheap playthings break and shatter which can cause injury from sharp edges or swallowing small pieces. More parents are realizing that well made wooden toys are ideal for toddlers and young children.

But even that takes carefully selection to avoid the foreign import wooden toys with lead paint and questionable construction. If you are going to buy wooden toys, then buy high quality toys like those designed and made by Melissa & Doug.

Finding a good selection of wooden toys is important so that children of various ages have toys that meet their interests and skill levels. The First Play Wooden Toys are made for tiny hands to hold the small cars, barn with animals, magnetic kitchen bottles and push-pull toys.

For imaginative play, there are preschool size wooden dollhouses up to dollhouses, castles and horse stables in wood made for older children. Melissa & Doug toys also have miniature doll furniture to keep any baby doll in total comfort with a tiny, well-equipped nursery. Don't settle for just any wooden toy. The wooden toys from Melissa & Doug are not offered to you until they pass rigorous safety tests.

Once the adults finish playing, then the toys have to survive the ultimate play testers; Melissa and Doug's six children before the toys reach your children's hands. Check out the hottest Melissa & Doug toys here: and find one that suits your child's needs.


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