If you are looking for a high-quality interactive toy that will keep your kid entertained and engaged let me share an excellent toy brand that will change your child’s world forever (and maybe yours too) …
It’s called “Melissa & Doug”.
They are one of the TOP toy brands I’ve come across (and no they aren’t paying me to say this…this is my honest and raw opinion I’m sharing with you). 🙂
I’ve gotten Melissa & Doug toys (such as their wooden food sets and magnets) for my son to play with who is in Kindergarten as well as my nephew who is in preschool.
They both STILL happily play with their toy sets!
In particular, I gravitate towards the Melissa & Doug magnetic toy sets because they are made for children of ALL abilities.
My nephew has cerebral palsy and the magnetic toys really help enhance his fine motor skills.
Overall, magnets are an incredible activity that benefits kids in many skill sets which I’ll quickly touch on towards the end of this post.
Now let’s explore 20 of the best Melissa & Doug magnetic toys that are engaging and educational.
The Best 20 Melissa and Doug Magnetic Toy Sets
From planes, trucks, helicopters, and buses, your child can get creative imagining their own story line while playing with the magnetic pieces on the refrigerator or any magnetic surface.
For those Minnie and Daisy fans, your sweet one will be entertained dressing up these adorable Disney characters.
A huge variety of fashionable 45+ pieces to play make believe with such as dresses, tiaras, and a display stand.
This set encourages creative play and imaginative thinking. Your child can dress up the boy wooden play figure ‘Joey’ with 26 magnetic clothing pieces and gear, a doll stand, and an easy-to-carry storage tray.
If your kiddo is a fan of the show ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ they will definitely be in awe with this set of 20 wooden magnets (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, plus many more cute characters).
For the love of princesses, your child will have 3 sets of fun dressing up these Disney princesses. Each set comes with a wooden doll and stand, 30+ magnetic fashion and accessory pieces, plus a storage tray.
Again, for the love of MORE princesses 🙂 … with 40+ magnetic pieces, your kid can mix and match to create their own one-of-a-kind dress-up fashions for their princess.
GO car GO! Calling all car lovers!
This wooden vehicle set includes a red truck with magnetic arm, car-carrier trailer, and 4 magnetic cars.
When one or two princesses won’t cut it, this set includes 20 different Disney princesses! It’s made to travel with easily (because of the durable wooden storage case) or to play with at home.
The magnetic puzzle board has 9 hinged doors for opening and closing to play some hide-and-seek fun!
When you open each door a removable animal magnet will be inside.
Attention all girl doctors, astronauts, super heroes, police officers (to name a few)!
This inspiring set includes 8 different dress-up outfits plus 24 magnetic clothing pieces, a doll stand, and a durable storage tray.
Each separate bundle includes 20 wooden magnetic animal pieces and 20 wooden magnetic dinosaur pieces which your kiddo can enjoy creating their own story line while playing on the refrigerator or any magnetic surface.
Purely a fun entertaining puzzle game which includes a magnetic fishing pole and bug ‘catching’ net to trap those silly bugs and sea creatures.
If your kiddo loves the show about the horse ‘Spirit’ (on Netflix) or just horses in general this adorable dress-up set they can have loads of fun with.
It includes a horse, stand, 53 wooden magnetic dress-up accessories, manes, and tails.
The imaginative play possibilities are endless with this giant hauler and 6 colorful racer cars.
The magnetic wooden car loader has a two-level carrier which folds down for easy loading and unloading and will extend up to 2 and a half feet long!
This chart encourages great behavior!
You can hang up the fabric-hinged dry erase board.
It includes 89 behavior magnets to reward your child for good behavior, let them know when they aren’t making the right choices (‘no teasing’), as well as helping with tasks around the house (‘clean room’).
An interactive way to learn, match, and sort many of shapes while enhancing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Fun wooden play set that includes, built-in tracks, vibrant scenery, and engaging play pieces such as a truck, tractor, 2 trailers with magnetic couples, bridge, barn with silo, grain house, trees, animals, and hay bales.
Encourages independent learning and improving motor skill development.
This is a FUN way for your kiddo to learn their days of the week. The calendar is interactive, colorful, and fun.
It displays the day of the week, date, weather, and special events with your choice of 82 magnets.
You can hang the calendar too with the sturdy cord connected.
Together, are a pair of 2 fabric-hinged dry-erase boards (one board is the calendar template and the other board is blank to hang the magnets).
A cute magnetic puzzle board with hinged doors that open and close.
Behind each door your child can guess what the surprise magnet is (hint … the magnet goes with the ‘theme’ of the picture on the hinged door).
A wonderful game to play together!
You combine the wooden magnets to create fun scenes on the game board such as a day on the farm, backyard playtime, heading off to school, or a busy day in town.
Includes 119 wooden magnets, 2 double-sided scene cards, 4 double-sided suggestion picture cards.
The activity encourages fine motor, matching, color recognition, and problem-solving skills.
Why Melissa & Doug Company?
The company has been going strong for over 30 years headquartered in the beautiful Wilton, Connecticut. It was founded in 1988 by a husband and wife team, Melissa and Doug.
Their intention in each toy they make is to ENHANCE each child’s mind.
Their mission is to nurture healthy imaginations and to “provide a launch pad to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in all children so they can discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose.”
Three reasons to choose Melissa & Doug toys …
#1. When it comes to manufacturing their toys the materials they use are natural products like bamboo, wood, or cotton. They are high-quality durable toys built to last.
#2. When it comes to pricing their toys can be looked at as an investment to teach and engage kids. Their pricing isn’t overly steep just slightly higher than other toy brands which range anywhere from under $10 to over $100. The toys I have personally purchased were in between $20 to $30 bucks.
#3. Their toys are backed by 100% Happiness Guarantee. If your precious one is not inspired or happy with their toy, Melissa & Doug will make it right. You can give them a call 1-800-718-5365 or email [email protected].
The Benefits of Magnetic Toys
Magnets are a cool toy that brings out the curiosity in kids.
It’s a trendy activity that not only entertains but provides discovery, education, and building skill sets for our little one’s.
Magnetic toys for our kids help with a plethora of skills such as promoting:
- Color recognition
- Social skills
- Cognitive skills
- Motor skills
- Thinking and problem solving skill
Magnetic Toys Recommended Age
Melissa & Doug have made over 5,000 toys ranging from ages 0 to 8 years old.
Wow, that puts them right up there with the big dog toy titans Mattel and LEGO!
When it comes to their magnetic toys they recommend the best age to purchase the toy would be when your child is between 3 to 4 years old.
Of course kids older than 4 will love the magnets too. 🙂
Are Melissa & Doug Toys Safe?
The short answer is YES their toys are safe based upon the age appropriate toy for your child but I want to dig a little deeper because safety is such an important topic when it comes to our children (and it should be)!
Straight from Melissa & Doug themselves, this is what they have to say about the safety of the toys they make:
- Their products comply with the United States (U.S.), European Union (E.U.), and other International safety regulations.
- They test in their homes. They have a ‘kid testing’ program to review their products for children who are age appropriate for the toy.
- They test at different product phases and state, “We always start with a carefully designed product. Then in the manufacturing phase, we use best practices to support process controls and ensure consistent standards. We assess and inspect products during all phases of the process. There’s no substitute for testing, testing, and more testing.”
- They have independent agencies test their products. They operate a strong testing program under the strict guidelines of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (which includes using independent, certified, third-party laboratories). At these laboratories they will test their paint and coatings to make sure they are in compliance or exceeding government recommendations when it comes to limiting dangerous metals, lead, and phthalates in their products.
You can check out their U.S. and E.U. conformity certificates for certain toy products by clicking here.
I hope this post added value to your research efforts in finding a great magnetic toy for your child and allowed you to make an informed purchasing decision.
If there are additional Melissa & Doug magnetic toys you would recommend, a review you’d like to share, questions you may have, or anything you’d like to add that I did not cover, please comment below.
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