Melissa & Doug Wooden Fold & Go Barn Best Throwback Toys & Gifts for the Holidays

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Best Throwback Toys and Gifts for the Holidays

October 19, 2022

There’s nothing more nostalgic than watching your child unwrap a classic toy that you unwrapped yourself as a child. If you want to connect with your child on that deeper level, have you considered taking a walk down memory lane? 

Classic toys are a classic for a reason, and it feels amazing to watch your child light up with the same joy as you did when you were young and discovered a new favorite. Here, the toy experts at Melissa & Doug have compiled a list of our 5 Best Throwback Toys for the babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kids in your life, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Plus, you can find even more gift picks for all ages in our Melissa & Doug 2022 Holiday Gift Guide!

5 Best Throwback & Classic Toys for Kids  

Wooden Fold & Go Barn

Melissa & Doug Wooden Fold & Go Barn Best Throwback Toys & Gifts for the Holidays

If “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” was your jam, then you’ll get all the feels watching your child play with this Wooden Fold & Go Barn. Melissa & Doug’s fully assembled red wooden barn is stocked with seven realistic plastic farm animals, a wooden ladder, and a folding corral.

Play like a kid again: Give the animals names, discuss their favorite foods, and assign responsibilities when it comes to taking care of the farm!

Deluxe Pounding Bench

Melissa & Doug 5 Best Throwback Toys and Gifts for the Holidays Deluxe Pounding Bench Toddler Toy

Our classic Deluxe Pounding Bench comes with a design twist you didn’t have as a kid. Instead of all pegs going down simultaneously, as the pegs go up, the opposite pegs go down in a fun, peekaboo style!

Play like a kid again: Call out the colors and have your child pound the corresponding peg!

Shape Sorting Cube 

Melissa & Doug Best Throwback Toys and Gifts for the Holidays Shape Sorting Cube Classic Toy

Everyone had a Shape Sorting Cube as a child, right? This classic educational toy for toddlers features 12 chunky, vibrantly colored shapes that make a satisfying "clunk" as they drop into the natural-finish hardwood cube. 

Play like a kid again: Take turns trying to beat the clock! Put all the blocks into a pile and time yourselves as you put every block into the cube. 

Take-Along Railroad

Melissa & Doug Best Throwback Toys and Gifts for the Holidays Take-Along Railroad

This beautifully detailed classic train set comes with 17 wooden play pieces that will keep playtime rolling. The Melissa & Doug Take-Along Railroad features built-in tracks, colorful scenery, four vehicles, and other pieces to enhance imaginative storytelling. Everything stores in the fold-up case with built-in handle for easy cleanup and travel.

Play like a kid again: Engage little ones in storytelling about taking a journey to visit family and special friends.

Farm Animals Sound Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Best Throwback Toys and Gifts for the Holidays Farm Animals Sound Puzzle 8 Pieces

“Mooooove” back in time with this eye-and ear-catching Farm Animals Sound Puzzle. It includes eight favorite farm animals with realistic animal sounds, and full-color matching pictures underneath each piece to help kids make the match..

Play like a kid again: Use the puzzle pieces as play figurines and act out farming scenarios! 

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10 Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds

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