Posts Tagged ‘Melissa and Doug’

Toddler Gift Guide

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Curious what to get the sweet toddler in your life, or need ideas for well-meaning family members? As a mama of a four-year-old, a two-year-old and a six-month-old, I have a few ideas to help!

Here’s my timeless toddler gift guide:

Melissa & Doug | Wooden Play Food


I am the world’s biggest fan of all things Melissa & Doug. Their toys never fall into the “annoying” category and the longevity of playability is incredible. I know that whenever one of my children is gifted anything from Melissa & Doug, it is a gift for all three. I specifically chose this toy, because my 4 and 2-year-old are very into all things cooking at the moment. I suspect my baby will enjoy this in the future as well!


Hape | Blocks 30th Anniversary Edition

It’s no secret that toy longevity and playability matters to me. I am a minimalist by nature so I want a few things that can be used in a lot of ways for a lot of years. Enter- blocks! My kiddos have a set of these and it’s always what comes out when friends are over. Also, for this set of blocks, Hape is donating a toy to a child in need in Afghanistan, Syria, Nepal, China, Zimbabwe.

Green Toys Tool Set BLUE

Now, I must give the caveat that my older children are boys. But they love, love, love playing with toy tools and pretending to be just like their daddy and their grandpa. Again, a toy that is shared and loved by all and will continue to be enjoyed for years. They even have a pink set for those handy girls out there!


Green Toys | Watering Can

My husband and I have just started dipping our toes into the world of gardening, but our kids are more than happy to help! Any way we can get them involved in one of our projects is a win for us as a family. Toddlers love to be included and they love to have their own gear. I think this is a great gift for any toddler!

I know any of these gifts will be a hit for the toddler in your life! Happy holidays!


Kara Garis is a cloth diapering, baby wearing, semi-crunchy mama to two active boys and a baby girl. She lives with her husband in Oklahoma and loves running, cooking, traveling, reading and teaching herself how to braid. She blogs very infrequently at 

Melissa and Doug Toys

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 6.00.18 PMI wish I was the genius who created the Melissa and Doug toy brand. I mean, moms, these toys are the cutest things ever. My children have numerous items and we have yet to be disappointed. The creative art toys, food play toys, and stackable snowman toy are by far my favorite Melissa and Doug items. Prepare to say, “Wow!” Here are some reviews of my favorite products.

  1. On the Go: Color Blast: My daughter is 3 and loves to color. She of course prefers markers over crayons. These coloring books come with the fun, magic markers. The color only appears on the paper pad provided. This means, no messy hands and no coloring on the walls. We have had the fairy design, and Johanna loved it. It kept her busy on long car rides and in restaurants while waiting.
  2. On the Go: Water WOW: These are also magical coloring pads. The trick here is that the markers only show color when water is added. Once the child has colored the picture with the magical pen, let it dry. Then, when dry the color disappears and your little one can color again. The only down side of these toys is the pens do leak a little, so be careful to not put too much water inside.
  3. Wooden Play Food: Moms, I can’t say enough about these sets. We started out with the slice and bake cookie set. Even my 1-year-old likes to play with the cookies. It comes with a hot pad, cookie sheet with velcro, play knife, play spatula, cookies, and sprinkle toppings. My kids can play with this for hours. Then, we got the Brew and Serve coffee set for Christmas. My daughter loves going with me to Starbucks, so now she feels like a big deal making me coffee with her own toy wooden Keurig. Recently, we purchased the Flip and Serve pancake set. Another cute food toy complete with a toy burner, plenty of toppings, and utensils. My only complaint about any of these toys is some parts are small, so be sure to check the ages. I don’t let my son play with the pancakes, due to the size of the toppings. I plan on purchasing more of these in the future. They provide hours of creative play for my kids.
  4. Snowman Stacker: My son loved the donut ring toys as a younger baby. Now that he’s a toddler, he’s moved on to this snowman. It is adorable. It still teaches little ones to put the rings on in order, but also it creates an adorable picture of a snowman in a scarf when placed on correctly. This toy is super sturdy and made of wood, as well.

So, as you can see, I could go on and on about how much I love Melissa and Doug toys. I am continually amazed with a new product I find. What products have you found that you love, moms?

Karyn Meyerhoff lives and writes in Northeast Indiana where she drinks pretend coffee and eats pretend cookies almost daily.