Disclosure: We were kindly sent these lovely toys in exchange for a honest review – all photographs and opinions are my own.
When an email dropped in to my inbox a little while ago, asking if we would like to be Play Panel Ambassadors for Melissa and Doug, I jumped at the chance.
We first became fans of Melissa and Doug about 9 years ago when Izzie was a baby and my mother in law bought her a gorgeous M&D Abacus for a present. Unlike a lot of toys, that Abacus is still going strong now, despite being played with regularly, bashed about and even used to help tie homework as the kids have got older.
Melissa and Doug has also been my go to for birthday presents, and christmas presents for both my children and friends children over the years. We love their rubber stamps, and their jewellery making sets, but didn’t really own any of their toys as such.
With Mason now being four – and about to finish preschool – he tends to have a lot of hand me down toys from his older siblings – the downside of being child 3 of 4 I guess – Ottilie has no hope of anything new! I therefore jumped at the opportunity to try out some of Melissa and Drugs toys, and he was super excited.
Food Groups Play Food rrp £15.90
The first toy was this set of ‘Food Groups’ wooden play food. Mason loves to play in his playhouse at my mums house and is always ‘cooking’ up various things for us all. Each food group had its own little wooden crate – perfect for storing the food inside his toy kitchen – and there was a wide variety of 21 items of food from meat, to fish, to dairy, to bakery items and fruit. Mason particularly was a fan of the chicken drumstick which I kept finding in his bed – I’m not really sure what that was about!! The food has been made into some interesting concoctions on his toy plates – fish with cheese and orange being one of the more random ones I had to pretend to enjoy consuming – i’m just glad he’s not in charge of meal planning in real life!
Pizza Party Play Food Set rrp £15.90
The next item was also a firm favourite – Mason is definitely a fan of food – real or pretend. H loved this wooden pizza set, which came with three different toppings which could be stuck on and removed from the pizza with velcro. He spent a good hour one morning whilst I was cleaning the kitchen around him making different charities of pizza, and loved the wooden pizza cutter and ‘chopping it up’ as he said. The pizza also came in a box with different sections for the pieces – the only downside was that it was a shame there wasn’t some type of lid as its fallen over in the cupboard a few times and with all the small toppings can make a bit of a mess.
Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set rrp £19.99
The final toy we were sent was the firm favourite though, a 24 piece pretend play Vet Set, with two plush animals, and lots of veterinary accessories, from a stethoscope, thermometer and bandages, to even a pretend plastic cone. this has provided hours of fun, for not just Mason but his older siblings too, who are 9 and 6. They’ve enjoyed playing animal hospital with the cuddly pets, and putting bangles on them, doing check ups and giving them injections. I also loved that you could pack it all away into the bag once you had finished playing.
All three toys were a massive hit and wonderful quality. Despite Mason being rather boisterous with the wooden toys, they didn’t appear to damage easily, and all three were toys that could be passed down to younger children and would guarantee years of fun.
Thankyou so much for letting us be a part of your Play Panel, Melissa and Doug – all the toys had a huge thumbs up from us!