I am familiar with Melissa & Doug products and have purchased many different items over the years. As a Preschool teacher I was always searching for quality toys that were durable, affordable, and still developmentally appropriate. Melissa & Doug products fit the bill everytime, and also offer the fun factor. Yes, fun for the teachers too!
My top three picks:
Play Food Sets- Pizza Party and Birthday Party were favourites in my classroom. I found that all the Food Sets encouraged imaginative play, and math skills, while teaching social skills like turn-taking and sharing.
Puzzles- We stocked up on Wooden puzzles with Farm Animals. The ones that come with pegs were perfect for even the youngest children to grasp. Children were practising eye-hand coordination and labeling as they learned about the animals.
Classic Children's Toys- Wooden Toy sets like the Take-Along Tool Kit, or Standard blocksare perfect for encouraging construction skills. Children learned how objects balance as they stacked the blocks. Threading the wooden bolts also exercised fine-motor skills.
There are many, many more toys to mention and they all have their merits. I encourage you to check out the site for yourself, you won't be disappointed. So with such a positive history of playing with Melissa & Doug toys, I think it is time to replace plastic "Sh-art" with their realistic Grocery Cart. I also have my eye on the ride on suitcase Trunki Purple and Saddlebag for an upcoming family trip. I may even get one for my sweet girl too, hahaha.
*Grocery Cart Image borrowed from melissaanddoug.com
**This post was inspired by a Mommy Moment Review, but not sponsored by Mommy Moment or Melissa & Doug. It is a genuine, honest account of using Melissa & Doug products in a professional childcare setting.