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Best Toys and Gifts for Easter

February 29, 2024

With the calendar set to bounce into spring, that means Easter is almost here for those who celebrate. At Melissa & Doug, we’re reimagining the season and rethinking the Easter basket. Candy and chocolate bunnies make for sweet treats, but toys that spark imagination can be even sweeter! Shop our full collection of great Easter gifts and spring toys here

Easter Basket Must-Haves from Melissa & Doug

Discover play sets with delightful, realistic details; on-the-go activities perfect for road trips and outings; sweet stuffies perfect for snuggling; and so much more screen-free fun for babies, toddlers, and little kids!

Boy playing with Melissa & Doug Sticker WOW activity pad in his Easter basket

Our new Sticker WOW! activity pads and sticker stampers are a must-have for your children's baskets this year. Puzzles make a fantastic addition to any basket. Depending on your child’s age, development, and skill level, we recommend our Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle, the Farm Cube Puzzle, or our Vehicle Jigsaw Puzzles in a Box

Does your child enjoy dress-up pretend role play? You could sweeten their Easter goodies by adorning their basket with our Role Play Collection - Crown Jewels Tiaras. If your kiddo enjoys on-the-go activities, getting one of our On the Go Water WOW! Reveal Pad - Animals in their basket will have them doing the bunny hop!

But the ultimate toy to gift your child this Easter holiday season has got to be our hall of fame-worthy stuffed plush, the Burrow Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal, the perfect companion tailor-made for this beloved spring celebration. Just look at this plush toy—long floppy ears, cute-as-a-button face, soft gushy fur that’s made for cuddles, and oversized squishy feet. Hop to it, parents and caregivers!

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Burrow Bunny Plush Stuffed Animal

Easter Gifts for Kids: Infants & Babies+

Ocean Tummy Time Triangle Baby Toy

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Make baby’s tummy time extra special with this engaging, double-sided folding cloth triangle toy! Three fold-out panels with adorable ocean-themed graphics and friendly characters lie flat or fold and connect into an upright pyramid. One side features high-contrast black and white graphics, great for important visual stimulation during baby’s first months. The other side includes colorful sea creatures with developmentally appropriate features, like a crab with a peek-a-boo mirror and squeaker, sensory tabs and ribbons on the jellyfish, and an attached tuck-away fish that stores in a pocket! 

Skill Builder: Encourages gross motor development, visual and tactile stimulation, and interaction with caregivers


Peek-a-Boo Berry Take-Along Toy

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Entertain babies on the go while stimulating their senses with this super-sweet clip-on Melissa & Doug Peek-a-Boo Berry Take-Along Toy! The soft plush berry with ombre crinkle leaves and smooth ribbon tabs is easy for small hands to grasp, shake, and squeeze. Open the slices to reveal a peek-a-boo mirror to surprise and delight and a teething ring. Multi-patterned fabric is textured to tempt tiny fingers to touch! Bring the fun wherever baby goes—easily clip the three-piece, multi-textured toy onto a stroller, car seat, diaper bag, or high chair to keep it close at hand. 

Skill Builder: Multi-textured pieces help kids develop fine motor and sensory skills

Market Basket Fill & Spill

Baby girl playing with Melissa & Doug Market Basket Fill & Spill Toy

For little ones, our Market Basket Fill & Spill can pull double duty this holiday: It’s not only a great gift, but kids can use it to hold other Easter goodies they get! The Market Basket adds a fresh twist to playtime with touchable, tactile farmer’s market play food favorites that delight the senses. Kids can fill the mesh mini-grocery tote with a squeaking carrot, chiming milk bottle, rattling tomato, and crinkling lettuce, all featuring sweet, friendly faces. Pull out the easy-to-grasp pieces and refill the tote again and again! 

Skill Builder: Sensory, fine motor, color recognition, cause & effect


Easter Gifts for Kids: 1-Year-Olds

Rollables Wooden Ocean Slide

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Rollables Wooden Ocean Slide

Get playtime and developmental skills rolling with Rollables—adorably round characters that are firm enough to roll but soft enough to squeeze! Inspire imaginative oceanside adventures through kinetic play with this sturdy wooden ramp tower and three Rollables: the friendly crab, silly shark, and awesome octopus with chime. Drop Rollables into the removable funnel, and watch them tumble down the wavy slide and out the whale's mouth. Turn the sea star and press the whale's flipper to stop and start the action. A built-in bead maze adds to the excitement and tactile experience for kids. The Rollables Ocean Slide is also compatible with other Rollables play sets!

Skill Builder: Cause & effect, sensory, fine motor, and problem-solving


Egg-stra Special Easter Gift!

Wooden Shape Sorting Grocery Cart

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Wooden Shape Sorting Grocery Cart

This cheery, sturdy wooden grocery cart (bunny not included) comes filled with fun skill-building activities! Very young kids can sort colorful chunky wooden food shapes through holes in the sides of the cart, and place them in two wooden puzzle boards that store in the cart. Spin the built-in roller drum for sensory stimulation and matching games, and enhance imitative pretend play with a realistic coffee cup with removable lid that fits in a cup holder in the cart!

Skill Builder: Problem-solving, cause & effect, gross motor skills, imaginative play


Easter Gifts for Kids: 2-Year-Olds

GO Tots Schoolyard Tumble

Melissa & Doug Toy Toys for Easter GO Tots Schoolyard Tumble

Let’s go play with friends that are fun to roll, stack, and grasp! Four double-sided chunky wooden GO Tots disks (8 collectible characters) tumble and twirl in the double-sided wooden schoolyard. Features a playground on one side, classroom on the other, and a built-in handle for easy portability. GO Tots roll down the slide with a release gate at the bottom, drop in the top, rock on the seesaw, spin, and swing. Compatible with other GO Tots play sets!

Skill Builder: Cause & effect, fine motor, numbers, shapes, color recognition


100-Piece Wood Blocks Set

Melissa & Doug 100 Wood Blocks Set

This favorite collection of 100 wooden blocks comes in four colors and nine shapes. Little builders 3 and older will find it easy to grasp the approximately 1-inch to 2.25-inch smooth blocks. Kids delight in stacking, building, and knocking them down in countless colorful combinations.

Skill Builder: Fine motor, dexterity, color & shape recognition, pre-math skills, imaginative play


Egg-stra Special Easter Gift!

Jumbo Burrow Bunny Stuffed Plush Animal

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Jumbo Burrow Bunny Plush Stuffed Animal

The adorably oversized lop-eared Jumbo Burrow Bunny will hop happily into any child's life! Extra-soft and squishy plush and fill make this bunny perfect for petting and hugging. Durably made from top-quality materials, it will last through years of cuddles. The two-toned beige bunny rabbit sits about 21 inches tall and 20 inches wide. With a sweet face, long ears, and big, floppy feet, it's ideal for kids' rooms, from nurseries to college dorms!

Skill Builder: Imaginative play, social-emotional intelligence, gross & fine motor


Easter Gifts for Kids: 3-Year-Olds

Sticker WOW! Collection

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Sticker WOW! from Melissa & Doug is a whole new way to play with stickers. Each of these collectible, character-based sticker stampers comes pre-loaded with a whopping 300 stickers, plus a 24-page activity pad. That’s hours and hours of engaging, mess-free, creative fun for kids who love playing with stickers. Also, Sticker WOW! stampers can be reloaded with our refill packs (sold separately), so the sticker fun never has to run out of creative fun.

Skill Builder: Promotes fine motor skills, encourages creative play, and it’s satisfying, fidget fun!

Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter

 Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter

Scoop up some cool treats with this all-inclusive, 28-piece pretend play ice cream counter! The sturdy wooden tabletop counter holds eight wooden scoops of different-flavored ice cream, six assorted toppings, two cones, a plastic cup, an ice cream scooper, tongs, and a wooden spoon. The scooper fits into a hole on top of the scoops to lift, stack, and release. Take orders on the reusable menu card, pay with play money, and serve up delicious fun!

Skill Builder: Fine motor, imaginative play, counting

Egg-stra Special Easter Gift!

Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Shopping and playful purchasing is exciting at the sturdy wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store! The free-standing play space with smooth, curved corners and edges lets customers 3 and older browse the shelves and pay for purchases on one side, and allows the grocer to ring up items on the other. Realistic features include a beeping "scanner," a hand-crank conveyor belt, a card-swiping machine, a keypad/calculator, and cash drawer. Kids are sure to find everything on their shopping list at this friendly neighborhood grocery store!

Skill Builder: Gross & fine motor, imaginative play, counting


Easter Gifts for Kids: 4-Year-Olds & Up

Top & Bake Pizza Counter

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Top & Bake Pizza Counter Wooden Play Food

Mama mia, it's pizza time! Create fresh-baked pizza, made to order, with this deliciously unique 34-piece pizza making set. Start with felt sauce and cheese on the wooden crust, choose from wooden toppings (pepperoni, olives, mushrooms, and peppers), then "bake" in the pizza oven built into the storage and serving counter. Pieces stick together with self-stick tabs and can be sliced with the rolling wooden cutter. The set comes with a grated cheese shaker, a wooden paddle, pizza box, a reusable menu for placing orders, a guide to help with pizza prep, and play money to pay for your order!

Skill Builder: Gross & fine motor, imaginative play, counting


Egg-stra Special Easter Gift!

Get Well Activity Center

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Get Well Doctor Activity Center

This sturdy, multi-sided wooden play space has everything kids need to role play visits to the doctor's office! Kids can be the patient or the doctor, the receptionist, or the nurse. It's a great way to ease kids' fears about doctor visits and to encourage nurturing and empathetic play. The waiting area includes a seat, clock, and fun changeable artwork. Sign in and check out with a credit card reader and card, fill out a reusable patient file, and take appointments with the wooden play phone. Wash up in the sink, display X-rays, monitor blood pressure, tip the scale, measure height, and read the eye chart. 

Skill Builder: Imaginative play, social-emotional intelligence, empathy, fine motor


BONUS Spring Cleaning Gift Idea!

We’d be remiss without mentioning one of our best-selling toys, a PERFECT gift for kids that will also delight parents and caregivers—especially since it’s spring cleaning time!

Dust! Sweep! Mop!

Melissa & Doug Top Toys for Easter Dust Sweep Mop

This six-piece play set gives kids all the housekeeping tools they need to keep it clean! Sized just for kids and built to last, the broom, mop, duster, dustpan, and hand brush are comfortable to use and easy to store—just hang them from the sturdy cords onto the included stand for neat, compact storage. (The dustpan can also snap onto any of the handles.) Natural-wood handles add durability and a classic look; bright pops of color keeps lots of fun in the mix!

Skill Builder: Life skills, imaginative play, gross & fine motor

Shop our full collection of great Easter gifts and spring toys here!