Melissa & Doug
Learning should be fun! That's the idea that inspired Melissa & Doug, and their success in making it a reality has helped create one of the best-loved brands in educational and classic toys. From skills development to dress up, their award-winning toys equip kids to enjoy the wonders of playful learning.
A Story of Fun & Family
The story of Melissa & Doug begins with... Melissa and Doug. Back in the fall of 1988, the dating couple shared two things that would be essential to their business success: a love of children, and the experience of growing up within a family of educators. Inspired by the lack of products that made learning fun for kids, they launched their eponymous company from the garage at Doug's parents' house, beginning with one educational product that they sold out of the back of their station wagon. Their insight and experience paid off, and by 1991 the company had expanded its product line to include wooden puzzles and toys. Today, over 25 years later, the couple has married and raised six children, and their little garage-born enterprise has become one of the leading names in the educational toy industry.
Award-Winning Toys For Learning & Play
Headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut, Melissa & Doug specializes in creating the kinds of toys that both parents and kids can love - everything from special needs or skills development toys to all-time boys and girls favorites such as wooden puzzles and railways, dolls and dollhouses, plush stuffed animals, arts and crafts sets, and realistic toys for playing house and dress up. The thought and care that goes into every Melissa & Doug toy has earned the attention of parents, reviewers, and industry associations alike, including best toy awards and recognition from the Parents' Choice Awards, FamilyFun Magazine, ASTRA Association, Today's Parent, Learning Express, Parents Magazine, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards, Education.com, Child Magazine, Scholastic Parent & Child, and many others.
Educational Is Spelled F-U-N
At Melissa & Doug, the term "educational toys" means something more than just brain teasers or science kits. First and foremost, education means fun, with child-centered toys for constructive and imaginative play that kids will initiate themselves, learning about shapes, letters, or geography along the way. From puzzles that emphasize racial diversity or global and ecological awareness, to play kitchens and food toys that help children learn about grocery shopping and cooking, Melissa & Doug toys also give kids a chance to play at life - or just the chance to push a choo-choo train along a wooden track.
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