Monday, August 3, 2009

Melissa and Doug Toy Review & Giveaway

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I was recently at a friend's house and she had the cutest little wooden play set. It was a wooden birthday cake w/ candles, play knives for cutting, etc. She said her kids loved it & my kids did too! Well, lo & behold, I was contacted & had the pleasure of reviewing a play food set last week from Melissa and Doug as well. And I have 1 to giveaway too!

From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music, wooden puzzles,and more, Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children's products. Started in 1988 in their garage, Melissa & Doug has something for children of all ages.

I was able to select from one of the Melissa and Doug Food Play sets. My daughter chose the Slice and Bake Cookie Set and couldn't wait for it to arrive. This colorful wooden set includes 12 wooden, sliceable cookies and 12 toppings, wooden knife, spatula, cookie sheet and a kitchen mitt for safe play! The cookies store in a durable dough tube.

The kids playing with the new Slice & Bake Cookie Set....

What we like about it:
1. My daughter loves everything about it! She is 6 years old & my 3 year old son has enjoyed playing with it as well. They played with it non-stop for 2 days after receiving it.
2. My son said he likes to play "swords" with the wooden knife & spatula.
3. No hard edges, extremely durable, non-breakable!
4. Very cute & lots of fun for the kids!

What we didn't like about it:
1. They have already lost a couple of the pieces because the cookies have removable velcro icing that comes off. I just hope we can keep up with the entire set, but that's not really a negative. It is really a great & durable toy. I would definitely purchase it!
Want it? Click here to shop @ Melissa and Doug

Win It! How to Enter to win a Slice & Bake Cookie Set (retail value $19.99)
#1 is required to enter!
1. Click here to visit Melissa and Doug. Come back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite product and why. Be sure to include your email address if it is not on your profile.

2. For an extra entry leave another comment telling me what your favorite summer activity is.

3. Contest ends Sunday August 8, 2009@ midnight & is open to US residents only.

Interested in hosting a giveaway on The Gift Closet? Please email me at heatherldt @ bellsouth dot net for more info.

136 comments:

Suzanna said...

Love the sandwich making kit! My niece loves "making" food items during play!

cdziuba said...

I like this: Folding Horse Stable
$99.99

cdziuba said...

Favorite summer activity is beachcombing for shells.

Laurie said...

I love the Melissa & Doug puppets. Think I'll have to add them to my 2.5 year olds Christmas list.

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blueviolet said...

I love the Undersea Jamboree Floor Puzzle because my son LOVES sea creatures and these are just so cute and whimsical.
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blueviolet said...

My favorite summer activity is playing badminton!
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Jana said...

We love Melissa and Doug! My daughter has the birthday cake, and I really want to get the sushi set for her. Thanks for the opportunity to win this cute cookie set.

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Stephanie said...

I LOVE all their classic games like jacks, pickup sticks, chinese checkers, marbles, etc! It brings me back to my childhood and all look so beautifully crafted!

Stephanie said...

My favorite summer activity is the pool! Not only does it bring back my awesome summer memories from my childhood, I want my children to grow up to be water babies as well!

Abby said...

I love the puppets. I love that you can move their hands as well!









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Holly R said...

I like the activity cart, but all their toys are great.
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Holly R said...

Our favorite summer activity is going on roadtrips or swimming.
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Jessica said...

I like the decorate yourself piggy bank! My sister would LOVE this baking set, too. Oh it would be perfect!

Jessica said...

I love, love, love going to the park to have a picnic. Sometimes it's more of Spring activity, instead of Summer. But, it is SO much fun!

Amanda S. said...

I like the Wooden Shape Sorting Clock. Thanks!

The Gosfam said...

What a cute cookie set--I also like their Food Groups Set, and Ice Cream Parlor set. These all would be a hit in our house.

The Gosfam said...

My favorite Summer activity is long days :) I love that the sun is out for so long, and that my girl's can play outside even after I get off work.

JoandDoug said...

I love the food groups set. jmwilkins10atyahoodotcom

JoandDoug said...

I don't live near my sisters and my favorite activity is when they come to visit me for their summer vacation! My sister was here recently and her kids could not get enough of my Melissa and Doug food cutting set. The best part is that my sister's name is Melissa! If I were the lucky winner I think I would get them their own set.

Linda said...

I like their Monster Bowling Set.
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Melissa said...

Melissa Burr- I love the food cutting set- My boys LOVE to play with them- we played at their cousins house with their set. They are TOO cute!

Melissa said...

Melissa Burr-
My favorite summer activity is swimming with my kids. It is too hot not to swim every day- they love it and I love it.

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I love the Victorian dollhouses and stables because I love watching children use their imaginations. Some of the things they come up with just crack me up.

LoveMy2Dogs said...

My favorite summertime activity is going camping. And not the type of camping that includes the whole family. I like camping with Hubby or camping with some friends, just being yourself.

Annie said...

My favorite thing from their site is all the arts and craft kits! So fun! my daughter loves doing those sort of things!

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Annie said...

My favorite summer activity is going camping!

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Penelope said...

The activity cart looks like it would keep my boys occupied for hours! Love Melissa and Doug!

www.penelopespitstop.net
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Christy Lee said...

We love the tree house - I would love to get that for us. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Christy
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

love the fruit- such a cool idea

Monica said...

i would love the push and pull puppy, my 9 motnth old tries to do that with out dog, he doesnt like it

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Randominities said...

I'm a big fan of Melissa & Doug stuff. I love their Grocery cart! Thanks so much for this giveaway!

Kado! said...

What cute stuff!!

I ♥ the Wooden Construction Vehicles!!

Kado! said...

We love spending the day at the beach!

mverno said...

Folding Horse Stable
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Alease said...

We love the magnet puzzles - we have two at home - the fishing puzzle keeps my son busy for hours!!!

Alease said...

Favorite thing to do in the summer is go to the beach and crab crackin'!!

susie said...

My fav. summertime activity is eating watermelon. :)

susan wiener, swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

peg42 said...

Another item that I love is the Victorian Dollhouse. My kids are into that make believe play stage and they love playing with their dolls. This doll house would be a great for them.
This cookie set is so adorable. They'd really love this.
Thanks so much.

peg42 said...

My favorite summertime activity is spending times outdoors, especially swimming. Thanks.

Jill said...

We love the puppets. They are so expressive, and have fun occupations!

Jill said...

Our favorite summer activity is going outside after nap time and having a homemade popsicle in the shade.

Cheri said...

We love Melissa and Doug products and I was so excited to see the cookie set...it's one I've never seen before. I also really like the Pizza Party. My daughter loves playing "restaurant" :)

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ky2here said...

I like the tabletop puppet theater because it has all the potential in the world.

Sara said...

I like the table and chair set that they have! It would look adorable in my son's room.

Rachel said...

I love M&D toys, I give them as gifts a lot!

I would love to get my son the kitchen accessories set, we just got him a play kitchen.

Rachel said...

My favorite summer activity is watching fireworks.

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atboop said...

I want the Chef puppet and Table Top Theatre. I would use the Chef puppet to explain what person makes food in restaurants. atboop2@yahoo.com

Mamushi Love said...

I like Band-in-a-Box. It brings back some memories from Kindergarten when everyone wanted to play the "good" (meaning loud) instruments.

blabla3269 said...

I really love all the puppets

Paula said...

The Happy Giddy pail is my fav because it makes me smile. Just looking at it-you have to smile.

Paula said...

Favorite summer activity is going camping with my family.

David said...

We always had fun with the pizza party. My kids played with it and now my niece's children are playing with it and enjoying too.
simwein@hotmail.com

Rebecca Graham said...

I like the Pound & Roll Tower
$19.99 because kids do like to pound a hammer and make noise.

throuthehaze said...

I like the Sandwich Making Set because there are so many combinations and ways to be creative with it
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throuthehaze said...

my favorite summer activity is going to the beach
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jdaniel4smom said...

I love their puzzles.

Carol EL said...

I like the decorate yourself piggy bank,this will keep the grandkids busy. jelly15301@gmail.com

Carol EL said...

Swimming and grilling in the back yard is our summer activity. jelly15301@gmail.com

kbuch64 said...

I think my daughter would love the Furnished Dollhouse. It would have everything needed to play for hours.

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georgie c said...

Take-Along Tool Kit because it's a classic from years back that every child might love.
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georgie c said...

Metal Detecting.
electricisland(at)gmail.com

daizee said...

I like the U.S.A. Map Floor Puzzle so I can begin teaching my son about our country.

daizee said...

We like to swim and hike in the summer!

littlelatina said...

I really like the sushi food play set!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I love the Latches Board. It is so great-teaches children to mnanipulate window latches, hook latches, door latches, etc. Very neat! Thanks!

notworthwriting said...

i like the sandwich making kit!

notworthwriting said...

i love going to the pool with my husband and daughter...perfect summer thing to do as a family

llinda29 said...

I like Verdie Chameleon Watering Can because it is cute

cstironkat said...

Alison likes the stuffed Husky since it looks just like our dog, Milele.

cstironkat said...

One of our favorite summer time activities is riding our bikes, having a picnic and then going swimming to cool off.

ScrewLucy said...

I like the Chef Puppet because it reminds me of all the puppeteering classes I took as a kid.

ScrewLucy said...

My favorite summer activity is swimming.

SoBella Creations said...

I like the pets cube puzzle. We have the Farm Animal cube puzzle and my girls love it.

lsfish said...

I like the Alphabet Art puzzle because it helps kids with letter recognition and its cute

Colleen said...

my son loves their pizza party...and I must say it is too funny that i saw this contest...my son saw this exact toy in the store a couple days ago and wanted it..he kept saying mmm yummy lol

Colleen said...

our favorite summer activity is playing outside in the sandbox, park or swimming pool.

Jennifer, The Lady Riposter said...

This is too cute! Play food has come a long way in recent years!

I also love the Jumbo ABC Chunky Puzzle. I like that the pieces are easy to hold.

jlsemon at gmail dot com

Jennifer, The Lady Riposter said...

My favorite summer activity is eating meals outside! I love having breakfast outside before it gets too warm...

Anne said...

My boys would love the Wooden Railway Set; it's my fav. b/c it includes everything!

Anne said...

our favorite summer activity is going to the beach!

coachsusie said...

I really liked that Pirate Puppet!
coachsusie@comcast.net

kdkdkd said...

I love the Make Your Own Monster Puppet because I got that for my kids and they play with it ALL the time. Great for the imagination

Brian said...

I really love the Monster Bowling. My son loves to bowl and this would be perfect for him. I like it because it very different from the standard play bowling sets. Very colorful and cute.


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Brian said...

Our favorite summer activity is to keep cool. We live in Florida where it is very hot. We go swim in our community pool, go bowling, play on our waterslide, etc.


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julis55 said...

Love the sandwich making kit! My niece loves "making" food items during play!

Meg said...

I like the Bug Jug Fill & Spill. My babies are just starting to like putting things in & taking them out of containers. And these are just too cute!

Lawson381 said...

Oh my, we have that cake with candles you are talking about and it is the cutest thing ever. My daughter calls it Happy Cake (she is two so it is pretty cute). This set is too stinkin cute, if we don't win this we will have to buy a set because Laci would love to play with it in her little kitchen.

Gabriel J. said...

I like the Wooden Shape Sorting Clock.

Tonya said...

I love the Verdie Chameleon Watering Can. It is so cute! My kids love to water and this one would really make them love it more.

Heather said...

Our girls love their magnetic dress up dolls and plays with them again and again. Melissa and Doug make great toys. The cookies would be a great addition to my daughters play kitchen!

mail4rosey said...

The mailbox fill and spill is my favorite item.

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breiz said...

I like all of the puppets. My daughter is 10 and has 2 of the puppets and they are great quality. We plan on buying more of them in the future.

paula h said...

We have several different Melissa and Doug toys. I want the Pirate Chest next.

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paula h said...

My favorite summer activity is going to our local amusement park. I love roller coasters.

mchavez718 said...

Absolutely love the Deluxe Kitchen Play Center.

erma said...

I like the Mighty Builders Fire Truck. Cause it would keep my son busy for hours.
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HistoryKef said...

I like the USA map puzzle.

Molly K said...

I know my son would love the Figure 8 Train Set. He is in love with trains right now and can't get enough of them.

Molly K said...

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Sher said...

My favorite product is the Verdie Chameleon Watering Can because my daughter loves to help water the garden and flowers and this watering can is great for small hands and so dang cute!!

AEKZ2 said...

I like the multi-level solid wood dollhouse, because my daughter would love it and keep her entertained. Thanks!

AEKZ2 said...

Our favorite summer activity is swimming.

pitaharmon said...

They have the coolest thing I've never seen anywhere else. It's the Tree House Play Set. It' really tall and unique. My Chubby-huggy would be delighted. The first thing she would say is "I need my pet box", her box that holds her littlest pet shop collection.
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Candie said...

I like the Jumbo ABC Chunky Puzzle . Thank you

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Candie said...

My favorite summer activities is VACATION. Thank you

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Leslie S. said...

I love the Ice Cream Parlor Set.My kids love to play restaurant for hours.Thanks!

Leslie S. said...

My favorite summer activity is going to the river for swimming and a picnic.Thanks!

Heather M said...

Jumbo Numbers Chunky Puzzle! It's very cute and My daughter only has an alphabet one. She'd Love this one!

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Heather M said...

Swimming is the Favorite summer activity! We're hitting the beach again on Wednesday! Can't wait!

mogrill said...

We love going to the beach and I LOVE those cookies!! Too cute. Thanks for the chance. mogrill@comcast.net

ladyt64 said...

My favorite is the Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel because my son loves to paint and draw and it would be perfect for him.

ladyt64 said...

My favorite summer activity is swimming.

Deb K said...

My favorite product is the
Bella Butterfly Picnic Set and I am sure that my granddaughter would love it too :)

Deb K said...

My favorite summer activity is Swimming!

sixteencandles42 said...

I LOVE sushi so I think the sushi food play set looks great!

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Fins2thrite said...

I love the grocery cart..it's one of our favorite pretend plays

carolpie said...

I love the Take-Along Tool Kit
because little man could copy being just like his daddy! It is so cute, made of wood, which is fantastic! And it is only $12.99!

carolpie said...

My favorite summer activity is going to our friend's house and taking the kids to swim! They love it!

kathy pease said...

i love the

Giraffe

Price: $99.99 that is the cutest stuffed animal i have ever seen :)

kathy pease said...

we love picnics at the lake :)

karen4322 said...

Love them all, but I really love their dollhouses! Thank you for the chance to win.

FDP 4 Life said...

we love the Yellow Lab


our dog is a yellow lab

FDP 4 Life said...

our fave summer activity is swimming

Maja said...

ice cream parlor set

Maja said...

swimming

Barbara said...

My daughter loves the Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel. Her birthday is at the end of the month and we are planning to get this for her!

penguin28 said...

I like the Magnetic Pattern Block Set because the kids really play a long time with this and get really creative.

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penguin28 said...

My favorite summer activity is when our family sells snowballs in front of our home and the kids get to pick a charity to give the procedes to.

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Jinxy and Me said...

I like the grocery cart - it looks so fun!

Jinxy and Me said...

Riding bikes is one of my favorite summer activities.

dvice said...

I like the Folding Medieval Castle because it looks like a lot of fun

Bakersdozen said...

I love the metal shopping cart. My daughters had plastic shopping carts and loved them, but these look so much more durable and realistic. My kids would love them. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Donna said...

I like the dish set. It is cute.
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Donna said...

We like to swim.
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lilyk said...

I love the sushi food play set because it's so cute!

lilyk said...

My favorite summer activity is going on picnics.

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