Melissa & Doug Educational Toys and Games

Melissa & Doug are one of the leading providers of educational toys and games for children. With a broad range of quality wooden products (all non-toxic and lead free), many of their toys and games are suitable for incorporation into a Montessori setup. Here are a few we like:

  • Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker – 25 colorful wooden pieces to match and stack on three rods. Rings, octagons and rectangles, the combinations can be fascinating! Great for building early shape, color and size differentiation skills! Recommended age: 2 years and up.
  • Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set – Stack the durable, brightly colored wooden beads on five hardwood dowels in sequence to match the design on one of the pattern cards. This Bead Sequencing Set builds complex reasoning skills as well as sorting and coordination. Includes over 45 brilliantly colored beads, five dowels, and 10 patterns that increase in difficulty. Recommended age: 3 years and up.
  • Melissa & Doug Stacking Train – This brightly-colored wooden train is over 17″ long and includes 15 interchangeable pieces to get any child’s imagination rolling. The solidly-built engine and multicolored freight cars have sturdy pegs for linking the cars and stacking the “cargo” blocks. Get on board for a high-quality, value-packed adventure. Recommended age: 2 years and up.
  • Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock – It’s time to “block” around the clock! Two toys in one, this colorful clock combines shape sorting and learning to tell time. Place the numbered and shaped pieces in their proper place on the face of the clock, then move the hour and minute hands to make telling time fun! Measures 9″ x 5″. Recommended age: 3 years and up.
  • Melissa & Doug Wooden Take Along Tool Kit (24pc) – Twenty-four, wooden pieces including tools, nails, screws, nuts and bolts provide hours of creative, constructive fun. Preschoolers will love using the hammer and screwdriver to build their projects! Recommended age: 3 years and up.
  • Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks – This set of ten sturdy cardboard blocks will keep your little one engaged for hours. Each colorful, bold block has beautifully illustrated letters and images on every side. Stack them high to build a soaring tower, or link them together on the ground. Nesting block measures 5.8″H x 5.8″W x 5.8″D. Recommended age: 2-4 years.

M&D Geometric Stacker  M&D Bead Sequencing  M&D Stacking Train  M&D Shape sorting clock  M&D Tool Kit  M&D Nesting Blocks

  • Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden 27-Piece Lacing Beads in a Box – This classic has been reborn with lively graphics, bold colors and new shapes. Your little one will love spending hours piecing together fun shapes, numbers, colors and patterns. Includes 27 solid wood beads and two extra-long laces. Everything comes stored in a handy box. Recommended age: 3 years and up.
  • Melissa & Doug Deluxe Latches Board – Undo a latch, swing open the numbered door, and count on fun when the picture beneath is revealed on this wooden play board! Build fine motor skills while learning colors, numbers, animals and more. Measures 15.7″ x 11.7″ x 1.6″. Recommended age: 3-5 years.
  • Melissa and Doug Basic Skills Board – Newly redesigned board features a colorful bear with tons to explore! “Dress” the adorable bear puzzle, and learn to zip, buckle, lace, snap and more. Measures 15.5 x 11.5 x .5 inches. Recommended age: 3-6 years.
  • Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Magnetic Fishing Game – Colorful magnetic fishing game comes to life with special magnetic wand to capture puzzle pieces on the game board. Fun and challenging way to develop hand-eye coordination, visual perception and fine motor skills. Recommended age: 3-7 years.
  • Melissa & Doug Magnetic Farm Hide and Seek (2008) – Here a chick, there a chick…hiding behind one of 9 hinged doors in the Magnetic Hide and Seek Farm Puzzle from Melissa and Doug! This charming barnyard scene hides several removable, magnetic animal pieces. Learning about animals while improving memory and fine motor skills will keep children engaged for hours! Recommended age: 3-6 years.
  • Melissa & Doug Wooden Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle – The Wooden Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle contains 45 mix-and-match pieces to assemble Mama, Papa and Baby Bear. Its fun to change their expressions and clothing to fit new scenarios and moods! The included wooden box features compartments for easy storage while the box lid conveniently serves as a puzzle board. Great for story telling fun! Recommended age: 3-5 years.

M&D Bead Lacing  M&D Latches Board  M&D Basic Skills  M&D Magnetic Fishing  M&D Farm Hide&Seek  M&D Bear Dress Up

  • Melissa & Doug See & Spell – Place the colorful wooden letters in their proper places to spell words on the cut out two-sided wooden boards. Includes 16 playful pictures with three and four letter words to keep learning fun. Includes over 50 letters. Recommended age: 4-7 years.
  • Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards – These Pattern Blocks and Boards will keep children engaged for hours of rewarding play. They feature 10 simply designed, colorful patterns and over 100 pattern blocks in six different shapes and colors to replicate the pattern shown. Contents store neatly in durable wooden case. Develops shape recognition and spatial relations. Recommended age: 3-5 years.
  • Melissa & Doug Shape Sequence Sorting Set – Recognizing color, shape and size, and sorting objects into groups are the “building blocks” of beginning math skills. What better way to explore these important concepts than with boldly colored wooden blocks and frame. Extension activities are included to explore form, fun and function all in one toy. Recommended age: 3-7 years.
  • More from Melissa & Doug

M&D See&Spell  M&D Sequencing  M&D ABC block cart  M&D Magnetic Dress UP  M&D Pattern Blocks

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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