We don’t know exactly why, but whether it’s a sticker book or a kid-size play ice cream cart, Melissa & Doug’s superpower as a company seems to be making toys that kids are obsessed with. It might be because the couple (yep, they’re actually named Melissa and Doug) are parents to not two, not four but six children, which means that they have had access to product testers in every age group. (In a future story, we’ll be hitting them up for time-management tips.) Of course, quality this high doesn’t come cheap, so we’ve rounded up the latest markdowns on splurgy items.
Melissa & Doug Freestanding Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store
Speaking of the beloved Melissa & Doug grocery store, this market is normally a cool $200.
Buy Now $179.99
To bring imaginative play to delicious new levels, the set, aimed at kids three and up, comes with a hand-cranked conveyor belt, bagging area, card swipe machine, beeping scanner and cash drawer.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set With Wooden Musical Instruments and Storage Case
Musical toys are integral to child development, and this band in a box set is normally $50.
Buy Now $39.99
Yes, this set is loud. It’s meant to be, as kids explore their musical side with 17 instruments, including a recorder, kazoo, harmonica, jingle stick, xylophone, and castanets.
Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume
Melissa & Doug's costumes are incredibly detailed and well-made, and now, you get this firefighter ensemble for less than $30.
Buy Now $24.99
Hey, it’s almost Halloween, so score this firefighter set, which includes a jacket, helmet, badge, fire extinguisher, bullhorn, and reusable name tag.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel
Normally $80, you can score this arts-and-crafts essential for about $18 off the regular price.
Buy Now $61.37
This good-looking easel supports whatever medium your kids are feeling on a given day. There’s a dry-erase board, chalkboard, paper-roll holder with a child-safe paper cutter. It also comes with plastic trays for paint and clips to keep the current masterpiece securely attached.
Melissa & Doug Hi-Rise Wooden Dollhouse and Furniture Set
If you've got space to squirrel it away, snap up this incredible doll domicile before the holidays: It's normally $150.
Buy Now $114.99
The open-side design means every kid who’s playing gets access, which helps cut down on squabbling. The six-room house comes with 15 pieces of furniture, and also has an elevator and a garage.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Solid Wood Workbench
This gorgeous workbench, made of solid wood, is regularly $100.
Buy Now $75.85
The workbench comes with a functioning vise, tool rack, wooden tool set and hardware. There’s also a manual that parents can use to help their kids build different things (the projects have an Erector-set vibe). It can also double as a desk or art table, giving you more bang for your buck.
Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant
Every kid loves a great play kitchen, and this stellar one is normally $200.
Buy Now $128.94
The kitchen has a large oven, realistic-looking burners and a two-shelf refrigerator, along with a (pretend!) drink dispenser and milkshake mixer. On the restaurant side, kids will find a booth and a jukebox with a coin slot (drop the included coin in, and it shows up in the kitchen—rinse and repeat). Other fun details include a spinning cake plate and pass-through window, but note that food items and other accessories must be bought separately.
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Folding Wild Safari Play Mat
Of course the brand makes play mats, and of course they're great. And this one is normally $25.
Buy Now $20.99
This baby play mat is fully portable, has a non-skid backing, and comes with nine soft safari animals.
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