Best Wooden Toy, Overall: Melissa and Doug’s Let’s Play House
We rounded up real kiddos to play with over a dozen different wooden toys—the Let’s Play House six-piece play set was the winner for best wooden toy overall. Our testers loved to use these cleaning tools for imaginary play. Here’s more on why this was a winner:
What We Liked
• Pretend cleaning = real cleaning, some day! One can wish, no?
• Sized great for toddlers. Each cleaning tool is perfectly sized for toddler play. Our testers loved it!
• Dust pan snaps into any of the handles. That makes it easier not to lose!
What Could Be Improved
• The stand will break. Unfortunately, the stand with this toy is easily breakable—which is a bummer.
• Unsanded handles can have splinters. We love Melissa and Doug toys, but sometimes their quality control could use a boost. We see a few reports from parents that this toy set came with unsanded handles . . . which can cause splinters (ow!). Our advice for all Melissa and Doug purchases: open the box and inspect to make sure there are no defects BEFORE giving to your child!