Does anyone who comes into contact with a Melissa and Doug toy fail to instantly become a lifelong fan?  Not that I know of.  I myself love love LOVE their toys, and I’ve never heard a single word against them.  On the contrary, it’s all praise, praise, praise!  It’s the simple truth: moms love Melissa and Doug.

WHY is this esteemed line of toys so rave-worthy?  First of all, this is a business that started in the garage of, you guessed it, Melissa and Doug!  You can read the full cute and funny story of who Melissa and Doug are and how their business developed here.  These two wonderful people put themselves into their toys.  They’re conscientious and they want happy customers (which is what they have).  Why, they even sign their names to every toy!  So it’s very important to them that everything is tested extensively for safety and that each toy is the highest quality.

What I love about their line is that everything is well-made, educational, and delightful .  A parent can’t help but know they’ve made the right choice when they make a Melissa and Doug purchase – at least that’s the way I feel.  My daughter received one of their toys this Christmas and I was so thrilled to see it was Melissa and Doug.  It was an awesome gift and it made me very happy to receive it.

Wait till you hear about the selection of toys available!  They carry the best classic wooden toys I’ve ever come across, but that’s not all they’re limited to.  For babies and toddlers: wooden blocks, lacing toys, and soft playsets.  For middle-grade children: elaborate doll houses and vehicle/train sets.  For older children: arts and crafts galore and even room decor like personalized wooden door plaques. 


Thanks to Melissa and Doug, I was able to review a set of their Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks.

Before hearing from Melissa and Doug, I had been on the lookout for a good set of blocks for Emma, who was showing interest in stacking toys.  I know what fun blocks can be, but we live in a small apartment and I was worried about space issues.  The last thing I needed was to try to find a place to keep a set of blocks.  I started looking through the Melissa and Doug website at the blocks they have available and was excited to discover their “nesting blocks” – blocks that can be stacked but still nest together and save me the trouble of sweeping them under the crib.  They’re so easily put away, talk about making mommy happy!

I really love the colorful animal illustrations on these blocks.  Each side features a new, friendly looking animal.  Emma really likes the animal art and I like that I’m given a new learning opportunity to teach her what each animal is called.

All in all, this is an awesome toy – Emma and I each give it two thumbs up!

Ready to Buy?

You can purchase the Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks for only $19.99 at Melissa and Doug.  Isn’t that a wonderful price?  I think it’s very affordable and highly recommend it!  If you think you might make a bigger order (it’s hard not to add more to your cart when you start looking around), use this coupon code for free shipping on orders over $75.00 – FREESHIP

Prize Info: One lucky commenter will win a set of Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks just like ours!  Open to US and Canada.

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Disclosure:  The review product was sent to me free of charge by Melissa and Doug in exchange for an honest review. This review is 100% my own content, my own true experiences with the product(s), and my own opinion.

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