Top 10 Melissa and Doug Toys of the Season…Plus Exclusive Discounts!


Is there any better toy than one that helps your child learn and have fun at the same time? No, there is not! This is why I am IN LOVE with Melissa and Doug toys. Every toy we have purchased or received as a gift is used again and again and again by our children.


We have a whole drawer of puzzles that we use to help us teach them colors, shapes, animals, you name it!


So because I am in love with Melissa and Doug, I have researched and compared toys from across the board to bring you the best of the best this holiday season. Without further ado, The Melissa and Doug Top 10 Toys of the season!



This was a very hard spot to fill because so many of the toys this year are adorable and multi functional, but I had to go with the Turtle Ball Pit to top off our list!


This adorable ball pit is really comfy for your littles and it keeps the ball mostly contained. Kids can play with the side mirror, as well as put the balls in and out of the holes on the side making this a great interactive toy for long play times while I do the dishes….uh I mean while Jr. plays educationally.



With the recent release of Finding Dory, my little ones are a little (really it’s A LOT) obsessed with fish and anything that has to do with them.


When my daughter saw this classic toy she had to have it! The Catch and Count Magnetic Fishing Rod Set is an A++ toy for children to play pretend and for you to have conversations about counting along with number and color recognition. We like to make up games like having to catch the same color or number fish so that we can talk about that specific color or number.

I honestly have spent hours playing with this toy because I like it so much…I mean my daughter likes it… Maybe it’s both of us…



The Self-Correcting Alphabet Letter Puzzles and Self-Correcting Number Puzzles are a great combination present or solo gift.

It is great that they do not fit with other puzzle pieces besides there match because I do not have to sit right there and help as they do the puzzles. They keep searching until they find the piece that fits while they are realizing what letter goes with what picture and how many butterflies are on the puzzle piece corresponds with the number on the other side.



If you are doing preschool or have a little one learning numbers and letters this is the perfect gift to help them learn while playing!



I seriously can not get over how cute this next toy is! The Beep-Beep and Play Activity Toy is adorable!


It is a sweet little car for the youngest driver in your house! With a steering wheel and key, your little one will be able to speed through milestones of sitting up, turning a wheel, and playing pretend!



The Nesting and Sorting Barns and Animals set is a great way to see how many animals correspond with the number as well as have some great pretend play! Since this time of life is all about animals sounds, why not enhance that with counting and pretend play?




Have you ever had a toy you like playing with as much as, if not more than your kids? Well the Wooden Stack and Count Parking Garage is that toy in our house.


It is really fun to stack the cars, but you would be amazed what we can create with furniture and boxes around the house for the perfect raceway! There is an endless amount of play with this toy and you have the ability to talk about colors and numbers as they race to the finish line!



Your little Prince or Princess will love building and knocking down the Castle Blocks Wooden Play Set!


With characters to pretend with as well as blocks to construct the perfect castle, this toy provides hours of play and teaches kids that gravity really does exist J




The idea of being unequally yoked takes on a whole new meaning with the Slice and Sort Wooden Eggs. This toy encourages children in matching the same colors together, but it is a great tool to use to talk about what colors are made when colors are mixed as well.



Melissa and Doug have SO many cute baby toys out this year! It was hard to pick! However, one of my favorites is the Bird House Shape Sorter.


This cute little birdhouse has many different birds to help your child learn shapes! I love to pretend they are flying and talk about what birds say, while telling stories about each bird. Your little one will have fun carrying these sweet birds around and flying them into their correct door.



Last, but certainly not least is the Bug Jug Fill and Spill!


These little bugs are adorable critters to have around the house for pretend play and maybe some laughs when the spider gets lost in the bed! With fun sounds little hands can learn to shake and squeeze these bugs as well as talk about all the wonderful things these bugs do in the world!


I am so excited about the specials that Melissa and Doug are offering my readers during the holiday season!


From November 24, 2016 to November 28, 2016, you can get free shipping on orders over $19!


Free Shipping on Orders Over $19 at Melissa And Doug. Use Code FS19

This is a great way to send things to people across the country without paying for shipping later and you have SO MANY CHOICES with Melissa and Doug.


And During the Black Friday weekend (November 25 to November 27, 2016) You can get 10% off $25-$49 | 20% off $50-$99 | 30% off $100+


Celebrate Black Friday all Weekend at Melissa & Doug: Enjoy Up To 30% Off. Use Code HOLIDAY16


But wait! THERE’S MORE!!!


On November 28, 2016 you can take advantage of their Buy One Get One 50% off sale as well with this link!


One Day Sale: Buy One Get One 50% Off at Melissa And Doug. Use Code BOGO50



Because you are one of my readers, Melissa and Doug is offering a few specials that you can only get here at Imagination Signing!


From today until November 27, 2016 You get 20% off $20 or more on vehicles


20% Off Orders of $20 or More on Vehicles at Melissa & Doug. Use Code VS20

From November 28 to December 4, 2016 get 20% off $20 or more on Pretend Play Toys


20% Off Orders of $20 or More on Pretend Play Toys at Melissa & Doug. Use Code PP20

What toys did you decide to get for your littles? Let me know below!


Just Keep Swimming: Mess Free Sensory Bin

Sensory comes in all shapes and sizes and as we get towards the end of a beautiful summer, I would like to introduce you to a fun in the sun, or in the living room, sensory bin that is sure to please. With no water needed your little one can go on an under sea adventure to find Nemo and Dory!

My daughter was obsessed with this activity and her friends enjoyed finding the multiple Dory and Nemo figures we placed in the bin.

To get started you will need a long and shallow bin. I love the ones that fit under the bed or crib because I can leave my sensory gear in there or put things like diapers and clothes in them later! Here is the one I like best, and use often.

You will also need a good amount of blue toys. I love the ball pit balls we have for my daughter because I can use them for multiple sensory bins and they are just fun to play with! They are also great for little hands! Think of all the cool stuff you can do with these! I also put all our soft blocks in this bin to give a few textures and they built blue “water” cities with them.

Finally, you will need at least one Nemo and Dory toy. If your child is as obsessed as mine this will be an easy find, which is why we had multiple Nemos and Dorys in our box. You can get a bath toy set (great for real water fun) or this figure set to find even more friends!

Now just have fun under the sea finding all your fishy friends! And don’t forget, “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, What do we do we swim, swim.”


Show me some of your sensory bins and interesting things you put in them!


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Music and Movement Sensory Play- 2 & 3 Year Olds

Music is a wonderful thing that can be soothing at any age. When it comes to sensory play, music can be used in a variety of ways to help your child further understand the world around them.

For example, singing to your baby and doing finger plays helps your child develop rhythm and vocabulary. Today we will focus on 2 and 3 year olds and their need for music and movement simultaneously.

This activity will use a variety of senses including touch, sound, speech, and sight, which will make the play fun as well as educational.

For this activity you will need:
~A device to play music on, such as a phone, CD player, etc.
~Children’s Music
I suggest Raffi, The Laurie Berkner Band, or if you are looking for more music video songs Praise Party by Yancy is fantastic!





















~Instruments-you can always use pots, pans, and spoons as well or here is a set I like from Melissa and Doug


~An open space

You will want to have all your materials together before you tell your toddler what you are doing so they don’t get distracted. Have them stand in the middle of the room and turn on 2 or 3 of your/their favorite songs. (Or more if they like it!) Have the instruments out so they can play with them as you

Some of the ones I like to do:
We Are The Dinosaurs– The Laurie Berkner Band

For this one you can march around like dinosaurs and pretend to be a big dinosaur or a little dinosaur! Littles have a great time making big dinosaur roars as well!
Fast And Slow (The Rabbit And The Turtle)– The Laurie Berkner Band

This song goes back and forth between fast and slow, which helps your toddler understand opposites. When you are talking about the turtle walk, dance, and skip very slow, and when you are talking about the rabbit run, dance, and skip really fast!

Junior Ragtime– Raffi

I love this as a way to introduce fun styles of music that kids do not usually hear and it is so fun to dance to! Maybe you can teach your little how to do the Charleston!

Shake My Sillies Out– Raffi

I use this in almost every class I teach to toddlers because it is a great way to get them moving and then settled down right before you start talking about something else.

This is a great activity to do to get your child moving, get that little extra energy out, or a fun thing to do inside on a rainy or snowy day!

What songs did you use? What part of this activity did your child like best?


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