Celebrating with Care Bears Birthday Bear!

Dear Mummy, a new Care Bear is on the block! It’s Birthday Bear! The perfect compainion for celebrating special occassions and marking a birthday. Birthday Bear is a brand new character for Care Bears, along with Togetherness Bear and Wish-A-Lot … Continue reading

Unboxing Na! Na! Na! Surprise Dolls

Na!-Na!-Na!-Surprise--Collectible-Soft-Fashion-Dolls

Dear mummy, just when we thought the surprise toy unboxing trend couldn’t get any cooler, we’ve discovered Na! Na! Na! Surprise Dolls. They are by MGA Entertainment the same people behind the L.O.L Surprise Dolls. These definitely look bigger than … Continue reading

Schleich Horse Club Riders Café Playset Review

Schleich Horse Club Riders Cafe Playset Review

Dear Mummy, I love horses and my favourite horse figurines are from Schleich. In previous reviews we’ve always praised Schleich products and this is the first time I’ve reviewed a building playset from the Horse Club range of toys. I couldn’t … Continue reading

Mickey and the Roadster Racers Talking Toolbelt & Pit Crew Tool Box Review

We're having a party!

Dear Mummy, I’m a massive fan of Disney Junior and a new TV programme which has really captured my attention is Mickey and the Roadster Racers! It features characters that I’m already familiar with from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show. The first … Continue reading

Join in The Entertainer Unboxed Event this Easter!

#TheEntertainerUnboxed

Dear Mummy, the Easter holidays are upon us and social media is awash with things to do over the next 2 weeks. Along with days out exploring the countryside and getting fresh air we’re on the hunt to find things … Continue reading

Something Special magazine coming to life

Something Special Magazine Review

Dear mummy, I always thought magazines were for adults and teenagers but I discovered a cool magazine this week called Something Special and it’s just that! My folks have seen kids magazines which litter the bottom shelf of newsstands in perfect … Continue reading

CareBears Duvet Set from Character

CareBears Bedding from Character

Dear Mummy, we’re huge fans of CareBears in this household having watched the original CareBears the Movie over and over again since Christmas. My mummy was brought up with the CareBears in the 1980’s and had all the little plastic … Continue reading

Orchard Toys Shopping List Game Review

Orchard Toys Shopping List Game

Dear Mummy, we’ve seen a lot of people post about this cool game from Orchard Toys so wanted to try it out for ourselves. It’s called the Shopping List Game and retails around £7-£8 from Debenhams, ELC and Toys ‘R’ … Continue reading

Orchard Toys Christmas Surprises Review

Orchard Toys Christmas Surprise Game

Dear Mummy, it seems Father Christmas has come early in this household and we’ve been sent a cool new board game to review! In fact this is no ordinary board game it’s one about Christmas which is perfect for this … Continue reading

My door to another world

My Own Fairy Review

Dear mummy, I’m convinced that fairies live in our kitchen. I often hear you talk about Fairy when you are at the sink with Daddy. I’m also slightly suspicious that when I go to bed at night and wake up in … Continue reading

Farmyard Head and Tails Review

Orchard Toys Review

Dear Mummy, you are excited about this next product we are reviewing. You see you had something similar when you were a child and it brings back a lot of good memories. We’re testing out a game called Farmyard Heads … Continue reading

Melissa & Doug Wooden Food

Melissa & Doug play food

Dear Mummy, as you know we are big fans of Melissa & Doug toys! We buy a lot of our items discounted from Achica online. Melissa & Doug is an American manufacturer and purveyor of children’s toys. The company was founded by … Continue reading

Melissa and Doug Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks

Melissa and Doug – Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks

Dear Mummy, it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and we’re slowly working our way through opening my presents and trying out all my new toys. My mummy wants to do it in stages as not to overload my senses with all these new toys!

Melissa and Doug stacking blocksToday we are playing with these colourful cardboard stacking blocks from Melissa and Doug. They come nestled in a A4-ish square box with a red rope handle.

All the stacking blocks fit inside each other and we have fun pulling them all out, more and more keep appearing which makes me giggle. It’s a really great idea that the hollow blocks can be nested inside each other and it makes it easier to store.

Melissa and Doug are renown for making beautiful bright toys for children. They are an American brand founded by Melissa and Doug Bernstein in their basement in 1988. They can be found online at Tescos and through discount outlets like Achica, Zulily and Amazon. They are a very quirky and fashionable brand too. Melissa and Doug make a wide range of toys like dolls houses, wooden toys, toys for special needs, pretend play toys and baby and toddler toys.

Melissa and Doug stacking blocks 1The Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks have cute cartoon animals on the sides. There are 10 cardboard blocks and when stacked they form a tower nearly 3ft high! That’s nearly as big as me!!! I love the bright colours and laminated shiny finish of the printed cardboard.

They are super lightweight too as they aren’t like big heavy wooden blocks that you usual get.

I can build them up and knock them down really easily without hurting myself too which is reassuring for my mummy. Even though they are square blocks the corners aren’t sharp due to the soften cardboard. You would think the cardboard is flimsy but it’s very durable because it’s laminated.

Melissa and Doug stacking blocks 2The recommended age is 2+ years but we think younger children could also play with them just as long as they aren’t gnawing on them!

They are great for family time, when you are stuck indoors. Mummy and I spend a good 20 minutes playing with them before I lose interest.

It’s one toy I will always revisit though, which is good. The patterns on the top of the blocks are fun too. I love the star motif and the trippy squares inside squares.

Melissa and Doug stacking blocks 3My favourite characters are the dinosaur and the turtle and I point at them and squeal in delight!

A great fun and educational toy for children. Toy blocks are great to help with motor skills and hand-eye coordination. I also love to solve a problem by fitting the right blocks back into the nesting compartment when we tidy up.

Well done Melissa and Doug. It’s a super transportable way to learn your ABC’s! They range from £7.99 to £12.99 on most websites and well worth the money 🙂

Love Bella xx

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