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I am a big believer in keeping educational toys on hand for my son. Things that will work on all kinds of developmental milestones and will last throughout the years. I also like toys that we can use to work on not only different milestones but different educational components, like sorting, learning colors, numbers, etc. For this reason, my go-to brand has always been Melissa & Doug because they are so versatile.
If you have ever read their philosophy, it’s pretty much in line with what I want my child’s toys to be.
Our philosophy has remained the same over the years–to make each and every customer a happy and permanent member of the Melissa & Doug family, while offering products with tremendous value, quality and design.
Therefore, for my son’s second Christmas, I made sure to purchase quite a few Melissa & Doug items, particularly stackers and jumbo-knob puzzles for him to start working on motor coordination, and they are still toys that he plays with now.
The jumbo knob puzzles I purchased for him were to help start teaching him to sort shapes. One of the puzzles I purchased was this Large Fruit Basket Jumbo Knob Puzzle. He is really good at sorting the fruits now so I am using them to help teach him his colors.
We actually found his bed on the side of the road. It’s a solid wood bed and was in good condition, so we decided to use it and modify it some to suit our needs. The thing is, it appears as this was the bottom portion of a bunk bed, so the columns had a hole at the top. My husband had the brilliant idea that it would be great to take his Melissa & Doug stackers and use them to create a fun bed for him and to brighten up his room. Sure enough, after a trip to the hardware store and a few cheap supplies, the stackers are on all 4 columns and Sebastian loves it! He sits in his bed and plays with them all the time.
As you can see, it’s rated for 3+ but my son at 2.5 already uses it. He doesn’t use it for the clock so much because that is a bit advanced for him, but he uses it to sort the shapes. He has actually learned the majority of his shapes and knows how to sort them into their proper spot, which is something I am pretty proud of.
This clock will also help teach him his numbers and help teach him to count. He’s starting to recognize his numbers, but counting is still a bit of an issue. He keeps counting out of order (2, 1, 3, 6, 10!), but that will come with time. At least he is recognizing his numbers and that’s a good start.
[tweetthis twitter_handles=”sillybabyblog”]”They are very well made toys and I know I will be able to pass them along to Baby #2″[/tweetthis]
Personally, I love Melissa & Doug toys. They are very well made and not very expensive and I know they are all toys that I will be able to pass along to Baby #2 when she is old enough to start playing with them and learning. Currently, they have a Spring Sale going on until March 15th that everyone should take advantage of. On top of being able to take a certain percentage off (depending on the amount of the sale), when you purchase of $49 worth of items, you will also receive free shipping. If you’re looking to stock up for birthday presents, this is a good time to do that.
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