Melissa & Doug Barn

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We like

Durable design

Portable

Stimulates imagination and creativity

We don’t like

Small parts

How it works

Tablets, cell phones, and t.v.s are taking away from children’s imaginations and creativity. Melissa and Doug are real people who care about better ways to play for your kids. The barn set is the perfect portable playset. There are seven farm animals and a foldable corral. The play set is made from high quality and sustainably sourced wood. This playset is the perfect way to stimulate your child’s imagination and encourage hands-on play time. Pediatricians recommend encouraging your child to spend more time playing in an open-ended way. Plus the Melissa and Doug barn is affordable.

Origin

Origin

Melissa and Doug are actually real people. They are proud parents of six children. They believe fully in the power that play has and they are passionate about providing ways to play that are right for kids. Melissa and Doug design their toys to be an antidote or a fix for screen time that seems to take over the lives of children lately. They believe that low tech toys are the gold standard. Melissa and Doug take pride in designing wood toys that are just as fun as some high tech toys. Their toys are designed to flex and train your child’s muscles as well as help them to start developing and creating their sense of identity. Melissa and Doug use their own six children to test the toys before they are widely produced. Melissa and Doug primarily care about making a play style that is open-ended and timeless. American pediatrics believes that toys that promote children to be hands-on during playtime and use their imagination are the best toys. That is why Melissa and Doug design their toys to be hands-on and primarily imaginative toys.
Design

Design

The Melissa and Doug Barn is a wooden fold and goes playset that takes away screen time and replaces it with a hands-on toy that stimulates your child's imagination and encourages them to be more creative.
Portable
The Melissa and Doug Barn is designed to fold up and go when your little one is done playing. The farm animals and fences go inside the barn so you can fold it up and take it with you. Plus it comes with a wooden handle to make taking it with you super convenient and easy.
Durable construction
The Melissa and Doug Barn is made from a sustainable, strong, and premium quality wood. It was also assembled to be very strong and durable. That way the bar can withstand a lot of constant use and play.
Imaginative playtime
The Melissa and Doug Barn comes with a lot of parts and pieces that make it ideal for children to stimulate their imaginations. The play set has seven plastic farm animals for play. There is a horse, pig, sheep, dog, turkey, cow, and goat. The set has open and close sliding barn doors to let the animals inside or outside. There is a wooden ladder to climb. There is even a fold up corral to keep all of your animals in their place.
Versatile play options
The Melissa and Doug Barn is the perfect playset to encourage lots and lots of different ways to play. Your kids could name the animals and practice making the right sounds. They could count the animals, sections, windows, and doors. They can make different shapes with the fold out corral.
Materials

Materials

The Melissa and Doug Barn is made from high quality, durable, and sustainably sourced wooden materials. The farm animals are made from plastic. The barn is hand painted and made with a lot of care and high quality to provide a durable and long-lasting play set for your children. The animals are made from BPA, phthalate, lead, and latex free plastic materials. Overall the materials are healthy, environmentally friendly, and safe for your kids to use.
Physical Development

Physical Development

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that the absolute best toys for children to play with are the type of toys that promote hands-on interaction. The Melissa and Doug Barn is designed to encourage connection, engagement, imagination, and creativity for your child. The packaging of the born even includes several ideas for parents to help stimulate an active learning playtime for their children. Pediatricians believe that y limiting the time a child spends looking at a screen is the best way to encourage positive physical and cognitive development for your child. Unstructured playtime that uses your child's creativity and imagination help them to develop important skills they will use later in life. Skills like problem-solving, solo play, independence, creativity, and confidence in their creativity. By encouraging your child to engage in open ended play you are helping them to learn while they play. They are able to make their own reactions, choices, and feel more inspired. Playing is also more fun for children when they are in charge of playtime.
Age Range

Age Range

The Melissa and Doug Barn is recommended to be played with by children who are between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. This is important because if children are younger than 3 play with the plays they could ingest the small barn animals which could be extremely dangerous and lead to choking and even suffocation. Your child can certainly play with the barn set for longer than 6 years if they are still enjoying it and feeling interested in it. Overall this is great for toddlers and their friends, but not for younger children.
Entertainment Value

Entertainment Value

The Melissa and Doug Barn has so much entertainment value for your child. There are so many ways to play that your little one is sure to get a ton of fun out of the playsetandThey will be able to play for hours and hours without losing interest. There are seven different animals for different types of play, there is a foldable corral that your little one can use to make different shapes. The play set is portable so your little one can take it with them on play dates, to grandma’s house, or on trips. The packaging even includes a helpful list of creative ways to play to help you encourage your child t enjoy and learn at the same time. Overall your little one is sure t get a huge amount of entertainment from the Melissa and Doug barn playset.
Portability

Portability

The Melissa and Doug Barn is designed specifically to be a portable playset. It opens up really wide to give your little one a ton of space to play and then when you are ready to pack up and go all of the pieces fit inside the barn. The barn closes up and has a handle so you or your little one or you can carry it wherever you want to go. You can carry it to your living room, bedroom, on a trip, on a playdate. It is designed super easy for your little to have a ton of fun on the go. This is a great portable playset to provide an alternative to screen time on the go.
Durability

Durability

The Melissa and Doug Barn is made from high quality, durable, and sustainably sourced wooden materials. The farm animals are made from plastic. The barn is hand painted and made with a lot of care and high quality to provide a durable and long-lasting play set for your children. The animals are made from BPA, phthalate, lead, and latex free plastic materials. Overall the barn play set is designed to withstand a lot of wear and tear done by toddlers to give your kids a really strong and high-quality play set that will last them their whole childhood.
Maintenance

Maintenance

The Melissa and Doug Barn play set is designed to be easy to keep together and take on the go with you. The parts and pieces while small all have a home inside the barn s you won’t easily lose them during pay time or while traveling. Plus the materials allow you to easily disinfect the whole playset including the animals. Overall the Melissa and Doug Barn is easy to maintain and keep clean and all the parts together.
Creativity

Creativity

The Melissa and Doug Barn is the perfect playset to encourage and stimulate creative and imaginative playtime for your kids. The design of the playset is the perfect way to encourage your child and their friends to play with an open-ended way that encourages hands-on stimulation and imagination. The barn play set has all kinds of ways to stimulate creative play for your child. They can imagine they are ranch hands or other things. The creative design of the barn is so important to help your child develop a sense of confidence and creativity.
Price Range

Price Range

The Melissa and Doug Barn is a pretty reasonable price. The playset comes with so many ways to play and is designed to be portable and earn and play toy which is so important for children. The toy is pediatrician recommended for helping your child develop. The price is affordable for a parent looking for an alternative to screen time for their child. There are playsets that are cheaper and more expensive which makes theMelissa and Doug barn a very middle of the road option for families. Overall it is a good investment though because it provides your child with such an open-ended way to play and stimulate their imagination and will provide a ton of entertainment and enjoyment.

Conclusion

The Melissa and Doug Barn is a wooden fold and goes playset that takes away screen time and replaces it with a hands-on toy that stimulates your child's imagination. The play set is designed to fold up and go when your little one is done playing. The farm animals and fences go inside the barn so you can fold it up and take it with you. Plus it comes with a wooden handle to make taking it with you super convenient and easy. It is made from sustainable, strong, and premium quality wood. It was also assembled to be very strong and durable. That way the bar can withstand a lot of constant use and play. It comes with a lot of parts and pieces that make it ideal for children to stimulate their imaginations. The play set has seven plastic farm animals for play. There is a horse, pig, sheep, dog, turkey, cow, and goat. The set has open and close sliding barn doors to let the animals inside or outside. There is a wooden ladder to climb. There is even a fold up corral to keep all of your animals in their place. It is the perfect playset to encourage lots and lots of different ways to play. Your kids could name the animals and practice making the right sounds. They could count the animals, sections, windows, and doors. They can make different shapes with the fold out corral. You can carry it to your living room, bedroom, on a trip, on a playdate. It is designed super easy for your little to have a ton of fun on the go. This is a great portable playset to provide an alternative to screen time on the go. The Melissa and Doug Barn is recommended to be played with by children who are between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that the absolute best toys for children to play with are the type of toys that promote hands-on interaction. The Melissa and Doug Barn is designed to encourage connection, engagement, imagination, and creativity for your child. The bottom line about the Melissa and Doug Barn playset is that it is a great way to give your child the ability to play and stimulate their imaginations and creativeness to encourage development, confidence, and growth. Plus the playset is a very reasonable price.
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