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Melissa & Doug Toys Win Awards from Good Housekeeping, Parents & More!

2021-11-21 by Melissa & Doug
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The old saying goes, “A job well done is its own reward”—but it is nice when people recognize you for the work that you do. So allow us to toot our horn over several recent toy awards we were honored to have received for the 2021 toy season!

The selection criteria, according to one outlet, was a three-part “play test” that took into account Safety, Ease of Use, and Kid Approval, and we couldn’t agree more about what’s most important when it comes to selecting the best toys for your kids. If you’re looking for great gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season, you can start your search with these award winners. 

Let’s take an in-depth look at what the toy experts—not to mention expert toy shoppers—are saying about our award-winning toys!

Best Toy Award Winners from Melissa & Doug

The 2021 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards

PAW Patrol Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard

Melissa & Doug PAW Patrol Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard

What Good Housekeeping Says
“Kids get the chance to sit behind a realistic steering wheel and car dashboard, including a key start, gear shifter, turn signal and horn. The toy includes three double-sided mission cards to mount in the ‘windshield’ to help prompt role playing. Well-built and engaging, this toy even lets kids hear various phrases aligned with the missions in English, French, or Spanish.”

What Shoppers Say in Their 5-Star Reviews
“My grandson loves cars. My daughter-in-law bought him a toy that had a steering wheel, but no bells and whistles. Dylan lost interest real soon. Melissa & Doug Wooden Dashboard has held his interest and captivation. Sturdy, horn, bells and other sounds still at its peak.” —Aida

What We Say
Rev up playtime and have hours of imaginative adventures in the driver’s seat with the PAW Patrol™ pups! Slide one of the three double-sided mission cards into the windshield of the wooden dashboard and set the dial to show who needs help. Press buttons to choose the pups for the mission and hear multiple phrases for each, then press the paw print “mission start” button to hear Ryder give mission instructions based on the pups chosen for the job—there are hundreds of possible combinations, and kids can choose to hear him in English, French, or Spanish! Turn the removable key to hear the engine rev and shift the gear to “D” to start the scrolling GPS—turn the steering wheel to keep the vehicle on the GPS track! Other features of the interactive dashboard include a horn that beeps, a siren button, blinkers that click, and a microphone for voice recording and playback! PAW Patrol™ is always ready to help, inspiring preschoolers with a blend of teamwork, adventure, and humor as they develop social, emotional, and developmental skills through play.

Parents Magazine Best Toys of 2021

PAW Patrol Tabletop Art Center

Melissa & Doug PAW Patrol Tabletop Art Center

What Parents Magazine Says
“Entice little ones to get creative at the wooden Melissa & Doug PAW Patrol Tabletop Art Center with a paper roll, a chalkboard, and a magnetic dry-erase board. Yes, Chase and the gang are there as magnets to hold activity sheets on the easel. Cups store the chalk and dry-erase marker. ‘My son loves this thing,’ said a dad. ‘He uses it daily to draw.’” 

What Shoppers Say in Their 5-Star Reviews
“PAW Patrol is a favorite, so you can’t go wrong with this activity center. It comes with a paper roll! Fabulous. Lots of things to do and favorite characters can sit on the board magnetically while my grandson draws to his heart’s content. He is so busy, this has enough for him to do to keep him busy for at least an hour. That’s an achievement. It’s sturdy enough and you can easily replace supplies so it should hand-me-down quite nicely from child to child. You’ll get your money’s worth out of this.” —Gina

What We Say
There are lots of ways to create with this compact PAW Patrol tabletop easel with art supplies! Draw on the paper roll, make designs and write on the chalkboard, create again and again on the magnetic dry-erase surface, and fill in activity sheets. The magnetic base of the adjustable compass clings to the dry-erase board; then insert the dry-erase marker (or any drawing tool less than 9mm diameter) to draw perfect circles in different sizes! Add PAW Patrol magnets to scenes on dry-erase board or use them to hold activity sheets on the easel. The portable easel with attached wooden art supply tray folds flat for easy storage. PAW Patrol is always ready to help, inspiring preschoolers with a blend of teamwork, adventure, and humor as they develop social, emotional, and developmental skills through play.

Romper Best Toys of 2021 – Part 1

Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Mailbox Play Set

Melissa & Doug Blue's Clues & You Wooden Mailbox Play Set

What Romper Says
“Every item…has been carefully curated by our team of parenting editors and our toughest critics: our kids.”

What Shoppers Say in Their 5-Star Reviews
“Love this! My daughter is a huge fan of Blue’s Clues! And this is perfect for her, can’t wait to see her face when she sees it on her birthday 🖤🖤!” —Jacob

What We Say
With this 27-piece play set, it’s always Mail Time! Personalize the Blue’s Clues & You! Mailbox, letters, and envelope with reusable stickers. Use wooden stamps with self-stick tabs to mail a wooden postcard, reusable invitations, and shipping pouch. A double-sided puzzle or wooden pieces for a matching game fit into a gift box that can be mailed in the pouch! Kids four and older will love playing mail carrier, pretending to send and receive mail, and exploring imaginative play whenever it’s Mail Time! Blue’s Clues & You! promotes kindergarten-readiness, inspiring confidence, empowerment, and kindness in preschoolers as they develop their problem-solving, social, and developmental skills through play.

Romper Best Toys of 2021 – Part 2

PAW Patrol Pup Pack Backpack Role Play Set 

Melissa & Doug PAW Patrol Pup Pack Backpack Role Play Set

What Shoppers Say in Their 5-Star Reviews
“My little guy is going to do the happy dance when he sees this. The backpack is made of a lightweight canvas material, with padded shoulder straps. Awesome for putting everything away so they don’t get lost. There are tons of pockets to place all the equipment and specials finds. The accessories are of a good quality, and what you would expect from Melissa & Doug toys. The magnifying glass has 2 different strengths, there is a compass, mission plans, binoculars, and more to explore and start their mission. I am very happy with this set. Recommend for imaginative and fun play.” —Melodie

What We Say
Suit up for exciting PAW Patrol™ missions! This exciting kid-sized Pup Pack backpack has lots of pockets for exploration and rescue supplies, including binoculars, rescue whistle, and pretend play pup treats in a pouch. Slide one of the four double-sided mission cards into the PupPad and use the red lens on the 3-in-1 tool to find items hidden on the fold-out mission map and activity guide! The 15-piece play set is a great way for kids three and older to explore their imaginations on PAW-some missions. PAW Patrol™ is always ready to help, inspiring preschoolers with a blend of teamwork, adventure, and humor as they develop social, emotional, and developmental skills through play.

We were honored these Melissa & Doug products were also included on “Best Toy” lists!

Zulily Top Holiday Toys 2021: PAW Patrol Magnetic Pretend Play and Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter

Toy Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide—Top Preschool Toys:  PAW Patrol Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard and PAW Patrol Tabletop Art Center

Toy Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide—Top Infant & Toddler Toys: Blue’s Clues & You! Rainbow Stacking Puzzle

Amazon Toys We Love List: Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter, PAW Patrol Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard, and Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Cooking Play Set


 

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