Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy Mallet (Melissa Doug) 948

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Price was $14.44. This pounding bench has been a welcome addition to our sons sensory toys. As with all m&d toys, this is a great, quality toy. The wood is smooth with no worries of splintering. The painted pegs are vibrantly painted with cute little smily faces. Perfect choice for those little ones who like this type of pounding toy, likes to make noise or loves the cause and effect of the push pop reaction.

-M. Eleanor

Melissa Doug Deluxe Pounding Wooden (Melissa Doug) The Pegs On The Bench Go Up And Down, Playing Peekaboo On This Solid Wood Pounding Activity. Non-removable Pegs Take Turns Showing Their Smiles While Your Toddler Has Fun Naming The Toys And Games

  1. Benefit: Durable Wood Construction.
  2. Benefit: Wooden Hammer Included.

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I am torn in reviewing this toy. Here's why: the toy is definitely well-made, will not come apart, will not break unless subjected to massive violence. It definitely builds motor skills, hand-eye-coordination, and even thinking skills-as deciding which colors should be up or down or evenly matched in height requires some intricate choice and physical application. So, the toy is a great toy! . . But . . . . You are basically giving your child a miniature of thor's hammer. Not a hollow plastic hammer, mind you. No, no. This is a toddler weapon the great god of thunder would approve of. Two solid wooden pieces held together very well. The head of the hammer is sculpted to allow attacks from many interesting angles. Great for the toy. Not so great if your little one might decide to go "a-viking" during a playgroup, family get-together, or school function. . Like the mighty mjolner, this hammer throws well, flies fast and far, and can kill the mightiest of trolls. Or televisions. Or pc's. Or grandma. . So . . . The only reason i take a star off is because of the deadly weapon that comes with this awesome toy. Maybe it should have been fastened by a cable to the toy, melissa & doug? it's not cool that parents have to do this thinking for you. But we love grandma. Having our toddler turned thor send her to the hospital is not our idea of fun. . If your child is meek and kind and dependably non-violent, go for it. Great toy! if your little one may just be a conqueror of lands reincarnated into this tiny body, please beware the hammer! Best Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet as-of ( Oct 2019 ) | Melissa Doug-Toys And Games Review Benefit Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet Classic pounding toy with a "peekaboo" design twist. Durable wood construction. Wooden hammer included. 10" x 5. 25" x 5". Ages 2 years and up .

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This is one of the best baby toys ever. Kids of multiple ages love it. From sitting up to early preschool. They have one at the local preschool and a friend has one for her kids. I had to buy one for my own. I can't recommend this enough for babies and young toddlers. -X. Annette

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy Mallet

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Melissa & Doug
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Toy
Brand
Melissa & Doug
Color
Multi-Color
EAN
0766082219555
Product Dimensions
Height:5.00 inches
Length:10.00 inches
Weight:2.70 pounds
Width:5.00 inches
ItemPart/Serial Number
4490
Manufacturer
Melissa & Doug
Recommended Max-Age
48
Suggested Min-Age
24
Model
4490
MPN
4490
Total Items
1
Quantity
1
Part/Serial Number
4490
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Toy
Category
TOYS AND GAMES
ReleaseDate
2013-01-01
Size
5.5" L X 10.25" W X 5" H
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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet
UPC
885289372679
Warranty
No Warranty

Toy(885289372679:Toys And Games), Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy Mallet (0766082219555:Melissa Doug), The pegs on the bench go up and down, playing peekaboo on this solid wood pounding activity. non-removable pegs take turns showing their smiles while your toddler has fun naming the colors and enjoys practicing fine motor skills. a sturdy mallet is included..

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The colors are vibrant and eye catching and the mallet is easy for my child to grasp. This has provided entertainment for my child who is now sixteen moths for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time which is saying something because he usually loses interest in something in about five minutes. I like that even after having the product for about six months now that it hasn't chipped or broken in anyway and is completely durable. I can say that i am pleasently surprised because my child loves to chew on things and non of the paint has even come off. The pendulum motion of the little faces is nice because i love seeing him try to get all of them down and the opposite side will come up he has even tried holding both of them down at the same time to no avail. He does use his hands more often than the mallet but he does try to use it on occasion.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy Mallet (Toys And Games) 4490
Click to see NoticeMelissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy Mallet (Melissa Doug)"What i love about this toy is that the pegs aren't removable, so they can't get lost. The only piece your child could possibly lose would be the mallet. When you hammer a peg on one side down (for example, the yellow one), the peg on the opposite side of the bench moves up (in this case, the purple one). It's very cute and fun for my three year-old. She's delayed, so i would recommend it for a typically developing two year-old."


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Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Xylophone Musical Toy With Wooden Mallets

This colorful xylophone is a child's ideal first introduction to music! mallets in hand, children can explore simple music concepts through creative play, becoming familiar with an octave, intervals, and rhythms. Over time, this little caterpillar will help children develop an appreciation for sound and music! the nifty wooden mallets store neatly in the xylophone itself to look like the caterpillar's antennas.

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MELISSA & DOUG CATERPILLAR XYLOPHONE MUSICAL TOY WITH WOODEN MALLETS Benefits
  • Self-storing wooden mallets become the caterpillar's antennas
  • Rainbow-colored xylophone
  • Great for creative play, artistic expression, and fine motor skills
  • Helps children explore simple musical concepts
  • Includes an octave of notes
Brand :    melissa & doug
Color :    Blue
Size :    15.25" x 6.5" x 1.5"
Model :    8964
Quantity :    1
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Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube - Classic Wooden Toy With 12 Shapes

This ultimate shape sorter features 12 chunky, vibrantly colored shapes that make a satisfying "clunk" as they drop into the natural-finish hardwood cube. Then open the lid, take them out and start all over again! a classic educational toy for toddlers.

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MELISSA & DOUG SHAPE SORTING CUBE - CLASSIC WOODEN TOY WITH 12 SHAPES Features
  • Beautifully constructed wooden toy with 12 brightly colored, easy-to-grip shapes
  • Promotes color and shape recognition and problem-solving skills
  • Each shape fits through a hole of the same shape on the wooden cube
  • Classic learning activity with nostalgic appeal
  • Sturdy wooden construction
Brand :    melissa & doug
Color :    Multi
Size :    One Size
Weight :    4.41 pounds
Model :    575
Quantity :    1
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Hape Pound & Tap Bench Slide Out Xylophone

Tink tink tink! the sound of wooden balls pounding down onto a musical xylophone is sure to delight and enchant your child s curiosity! with the pound and tap bench from hape, there are so many different ways to play! pound the wooden balls down onto the xylophone and listen as a musical scale plays aloud. Kids will love sliding out the xylophone to play on its own, and learning about the different sounds with this early melodies introduction to musical arts. Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction make this a toy your child will love for years to come. Hape toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities. All hape products sold in north america meet or exceed all applicable safety standards. Hape pound and tap bench is a winner of the 2011 creative child toy of the year by parenting magazine in the best toys of the year category.

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HAPE POUND & TAP BENCH SLIDE OUT XYLOPHONE Advantages
Brand :    hape
Color :    Yellow
Size :    One Size
Weight :    2.67 pounds
  • Non-toxic finishes and child safe materials
  • Easily sliding xylophone provides many ways to play
  • For ages 12 months - 3 years
  • Encourages audio recognition and musical development
  • Pound and tap while playing musical favorites
Model :    E0305
Quantity :    1
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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pound Roll Wooden Tower Toy With Hammer

We've taken the classic pounding toy to new heights! knock the four brightly colored balls through the holes, then watch and listen as they roll down the ramps. Sturdy wooden hammer included.

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MELISSA & DOUG DELUXE POUND ROLL WOODEN TOWER TOY WITH HAMMER Features
Brand :    melissa & doug
Color :    multi-colored
Size :    One Size
Weight :    2.25 pounds
Model :    3559
Quantity :    1
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  • Ages 2 years and up
  • Exceptional quality and value
  • Brightly colored, smooth-sanded pieces help build early shape, color, and size differentiation skills
  • Pound the four balls through the holes and watch them roll down the ramps
  • Sturdy wood construction

Rolimate Wooden Educational Preschool Shape Color Recognition Geometric Board Block Stack Sort Chunky Puzzle Toys, Birthday Gift Toy age 3 4 5 Years Old Up Kid Children Baby Toddler Boy Girl

Chunky pieces are perfectly sized for toddlers' hands. Count the pieces. Name the shapes and colors. Look around to find other objects of the same color. Great for developing early sorting skills, eye/hand coordination and improving fine motor control. Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction are hallmarks of rolimate toys. Rolimate's toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities

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  • Count the pieces, name the shapes and colors
  • Encourages hand-eye coordination and imaginative play
  • Rolimate toy finishes are all non-toxic, child safe, and of the highest quality
  • Great for developing early sorting skills
  • Chunky pieces are perfectly sized for toddlers' hands
Brand :    rolimate
Color :    red
Weight :    0.85 pounds
Model :    na
Quantity :    1
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VTech Drop Go Dump Truck

Received this a day earlier than expected. 9+ mo old grandson was captivated by it immediately (he loved the online store box, too lol). He is too young to know how to pop the rocks into the bed of the dump truck but he puts them in the hole, turns it over and spins the wheels - he loves wheels. If i pop the rocks in, he pulls the bed back by hand to get them out - he doesn't know how to use the lever. He can't walk so he can't pull the truck by the string but he laughs when i pull it and crawls after it. Love vtech because of the bells and whistles of sound and lights. We are such an electronic world and i like buttons to press for learning activities. Grandson has many vtech toys. It's great to start babies out young (many he got months ago) because they can grow into the toys and go back to them. He has the laptop, remote control, sit to stand (all time favortie - love love love this one), iphone, etc. Yes, the "rocks" have gone under the couch a few times but that's ok - i fish them out. Today i put some of his other little toys in the back of the dump truck with the rocks. The vroom vroom sound is fun and i do that, too. I searched online store for a truck and decided on this one and am very happy with it. It is sturdy and something he will play with for a long time.

Learning is tons of fun with the drop and go dump truck by vtech. Drop a colorful rock into the top of this cute toy dump truck, and watch it tumble into the bucket. Your little one will learn numbers as the interactive truck counts each rock. Once the rocks are in the bucket, push or pull the truck along to see the rocks rumble inside. Then, lift the hinged bucket to unload the rocks and start again while developing motor skills. The dump truck also includes 3 colorful buttons that play melodies, phrases and teach tools and colors. Requires 2 aaa batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use). Intended for ages 6 months to 3 years.

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I got this for my grandson on his one year birthday. He loves it, and caught on quickly how to push the balls through the top of the truck's cab, which then go into the dump bed. The toy will count the balls as you put them in. The biggest problem with this toy is keeping track of the balls, which tend to roll away and get lost under the furniture. I guess they could solve this by making the balls lumpy as with another toy i bought for his three year old brother. (the wolvol 3-in-1 construction bulldozer. ). -Notice from S. Mary, Quebec

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My daughter got this toy for her 1st birthday. It wasn't until she was about 18 months that she really became interested in it, and now at 2 years old she is obsessed. I bought this as a gift for two other 2 year old because i think it's such a great toy. And of course the option to turn the sound off when you just can't handle the beeping and bopping of interactive toys is always a plus :)

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- A. BentonMy son loves this, got it for him when he was 1 and he's almost two now and he still likes it. Other things (i. E. Legos, matchbox cars) fit in the hole too, so he has endless fun with this. He can pull it around, play with the dump truck feature, play with the buttons and put the ball in the hole, so it has a lot of different ways to play with it.

This is a hit at our house with my 7 month old son. He love chasing the balls when he throws them across the room. He can pull the truck by the string and thinks it's pretty neat. The sound effects are not too annoying like some other toys.

U. Jessica, Montana

VTECH DROP GO DUMP TRUCK Summary
Brand :    vtech
Size :    1-Pack
  • Drop a colorful rock into the top of this cheerful dump truck toy and watch it tumble into the bucket to learn numbers
  • Once the rocks are in the bucket, the push toy or pull toy can be moved along to see the rocks rumble around inside
  • Toddler toy truck includes 3 colorful buttons that play melodies, phrases and teach tools and colors
  • Learning toy develops motor skills by lifting the hinged bucket to unload the rocks and start again; a great early education toy for toddlers
  • Construction toy is intended for toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years old; 2 aaa batteries are included for demo, use new batteries for regular use
Model :    80-166500
Quantity :    1
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Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker - Wooden Educational Toy

Match and sort these 25 colorful wooden pieces, and skill-building is just part of the fun. Rings, octagons, and rectangles can be slotted onto the three rods, stacked on top of each other, or lined up to compare shapes, sizes, and colors. This first-concepts set is a manipulatives all-star!

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Brand :    melissa & doug
Color :    One Color
Size :    Playsets
Weight :    5.73 pounds
Model :    567
Quantity :    1
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  • 25 colorful wooden pieces to match and stack on three rods
  • Exceptional quality and value
  • Ages 2 years and up
  • Rings, octagons, and rectangles
  • Great for building early shape, color, and size differentiation skills
Toy :    Best Toys And Games (Toy product review) for Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker - Wooden Educational Toy available as-of ( Oct 2019 )

Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze - Wooden Educational Toy

Sitting in a high chair is much more fun with this fantastic bead maze. Featuring brightly colored, multi-shaped beads that spin and slide along red and yellow wire pathways that are anchored by a strong suction cup base. Encourages color recognition, eye-hand coordination and fine motor development through play!

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MELISSA & DOUG FIRST BEAD MAZE - WOODEN EDUCATIONAL TOY Advantage
Brand :    melissa & doug
Color :    Multi
Size :    4.2 x 7 x 8.6 inches ; 1.3 pounds
Weight :    1.30 pounds
Model :    3042
Quantity :    1
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  • Features 18 multi-shaped wooden beads and three plastic rings to spin and slide
  • A classic toy with a "twist"
  • Encourages sensory skills, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination
  • Quality craftsmanship and sturdy construction
  • Four soft-coated wires twist and turn between two solid wood blocks

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy Mallet (Melissa Doug) Price : 13.59, was : 15.99 as 2017-02-14
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Mildly entertaining. Mallet will likely be a hammer for your walls and other toys - it is not tethered to base. . It is solidly built and well worth the price. . Even if you have to hide the mallet from toddler, if you have younger children they will have fun trying to figure out cause and effect. . We have owned this toy for a couple years and it has survived 3 boys under 3 years old. Paint has not chipped despite chewing by infants. The little ones have a hard time figuring out which way is up on the toy and often play with the cams on the underside. . I would consider this a great item in the toy arsenal.

A number of questions have been asked here.

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(0) Question: What is the age recommendation?


(1) Question: Want one of these for the office. are the peg heads large enough to fit little photos of my co-workers?


(2) Question: Is this toy made in the united states?


(3) Question: Can this be used without the hammer? or does it require too much force to push pegs? my 1 year old doesn't open her fist, would this encourage her to?


(4) Question: Why is this toy listed in the 12-18 month category, but there is a huge warning saying it's not meant for kids under 3 years?


(5) Question: It says, origin is usa, yet below, people are saying it's made in china. can i get verification, please? i don't want a cheap chinese toy.


(6) Question: Is it plastic or wood? does the paint rub off or chip off?


(7) Question: Does this make a little music when you pound on the pegs?



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First let me start by saying i generally love all melissa and dog toys. They are simple, great quality products. I had been thinking about getting some sort of peg-pounding device for some time and figured approaching 2. 5 years old was probably a good time - especially since my son is currently intent on "fixing" everything in the house (including the dogs and myself) by beating them with plastic wrenches and screwdrivers. . I've seen so many of these toys where the pegs go through too easily (so really what's the point) or are just about impossible to pound down (requiring the child to "practice" by hitting it harder and harder and harder - thereby developing a sense that full strength is needed for every endeavor and endangering the health and lives of all living and non-living things crossing their path). These go down pretty easily but the mechanism that keeps the pegs always attached to the bench at least creates a little resistance - making it "just right". . Now, when i decided to purchase the toy, i thought the idea of keeping the pegs attached to the bench was a fabulous idea. I am an older parent and the little one doesn't understand that i have to bend much farther to pick up the 43 billion toys that inevitably end up just under the couch, the radiators, the cabinets, etc. I was looking forward to keeping this particular device all together all of the time. And then we get the toy. When you pound down a peg on one side, the opposite peg pokes it's little face up. Once i actually experienced the toy - i panicked. There was no way he is going to enjoy this! how frustrating - you can never pound all of the pegs down! how is he going to take out his frustration? will this very solid wooden toy be thrown across the room, shattering windows, cracking skulls? am i dooming him to a life of suffering - creating a young sisyphus? depriving him of any hope for the future? any chance for success? only time will tell. . We've had it for a few days now and he absolutely loves it, he gets to pound down four colored smiley faced pegs and then, magically, there are four more different colors to pound. He calls it his "work tool bench" and as soon as he wakes up he asks to go downstairs and play with it. . I leave him to it and go in another room - it's too stressful for me ; )


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Cutest pounding bench, and educational also. This teaches sorting, colors and number with a well built base. The only change i would make is to attach the hammer with a cord so it could not be used to hit other things with!

B. Emma, Arizona

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L. Lewis, Halton says

My 1 year old loves this toy. As other reviewers have noted though, this hammer is no joke - it could inflict serious harm and i would never let any child play with it unsupervised. My son got this at 18 months, he's 22 months now and has played with it dozens and dozens of times and has only started getting carried away with the hammer once, when he wandered away from the toy and started experimenting with hitting it on a table. I carefully and quickly got the hammer away from him and we put the toy away for about a week, when i brought it back out i brought out a different thing to use as a hammer - a sturdy but not nearly so dangerous item, a spoon. He uses that but lo and behold, his favorite way to play with this toy lately has been to just smash the pegs with his hands! so perhaps the hammer isn't even needed! . Despite the hammer danger, as long as you're able to closely supervise your child whenever they have access to it - supervising from across the room won't be enough here! - then it should be okay. Safety is of the utmost importance but that's what good parenting is for, isn't it? know your child, read the reviews, and if you decide this toy will be beneficial to your kiddo, let them have at it. Kids have to have some fun, and of course almost any toy can be dangerous in the hands of a sneaky toddler. If you decide that the hammer is too much of a risk for your kidlet - perhaps their at a hitting phase, or you have several small children - it can always be replaced with a less dangerous item as there really wasn't any need for the hammer to be made to be so strong. Like i said, my 22-month-old can easily pound the pegs down with his hands and actually prefers to, and there are tons of things i can think of that could easily replace the hammer - my son used the very baby-safe mallet that came with his fisher-price xylophone, for instance. That worked great too. This toy is excellent quality, it is melissa & doug after all, and even with the crazy strong hammer i'd still recommend it over any other pounding bench. Just use caution, and sound parental judgment and everything will be fine. I'm really glad i got this for my son and i would buy it again.

H. Diana, Mississippi

I bought this for my daughter. She is 16 months old and doesn't quite understand how to use the hammer. When we play with this i usually end up using the hammer and she just pushes the pegs down with her hand. I leave this item out all the time and she never just plays with it on her own so i wouldn't say this is a favorite of hers by any stretch. However, it is a wood toy that works exactly as it should and there aren't a million pieces to pick up and put away as with most of her toys. My only suggestion would be to have some kind of clip or holder on it so the hammer stays with it when not in use. I just place it on top but it would be nice if it somehow stored better. I would buy this item again but since it's not a favorite toy for my daughter i don't know if i would buy it for a gift for another child. Maybe she will become more interested in it when she's a little older?

O. Alma, East Sussex says

Just got this for my two boys. It now sounds like a construction site but it's held their interest. Good buy! maybe consider also getting earplugs.

S. Hurst, North Lincolnshire

This toy is so great, sturdy and very well made. Unlike the 'old version', this new & improved version actually holds the pegs in place after they are pounded through. My granddaughter loved it.

K. April, Gateshead says

Hello everybody. I recently purchased this item for my son. I had one similar when i was a child as i remember the pegs getting so worn they hardly needed pushed any more to go through. This one from melissa & doug is great. The pegs don't come out but push the corresponding peg across up. This makes constant fun for my little one. Plus the pegs won't get lost! my pounding bench i believe only had 2 pegs left. The only bad part is the constant pounding. You can't take the pegs away for the tap tap tapping is non-stop. If you can handle the pounding, i recommend this item. If you can't handle the pounding, then i recommend this for your friend's, or your enemies, child.

M. Kellie, South Carolina

I bought this for my daughter. She is 16 months old and doesn't quite understand how to use the hammer. When we play with this i usually end up using the hammer and she just pushes the pegs down with her hand. I leave this item out all the time and she never just plays with it on her own so i wouldn't say this is a favorite of hers by any stretch. However, it is a wood toy that works exactly as it should and there aren't a million pieces to pick up and put away as with most of her toys. My only suggestion would be to have some kind of clip or holder on it so the hammer stays with it when not in use. I just place it on top but it would be nice if it somehow stored better. I would buy this item again but since it's not a favorite toy for my daughter i don't know if i would buy it for a gift for another child. Maybe she will become more interested in it when she's a little older?

E. Mathis, Cumbria says

My son loves this toy every morning before school he will play with it. And first thing coming home the same. It's nice that when he hits each one he also says the colors while hitting them.

T. Jarvis, Connecticut

I love this old fashion toy. Just wood. No bells, whistles, or light blaring. No wonder we have so much add. To much going on all the time for these kids. My grandson loves this little simple toy. I would highly recommend it.

X. Juliana, Sheffield says

Melissa & doug deluxe pounding bench i bought this for my 2 year old grandson. As with most boys he loves to "pound" on anything and with anything. I love melissa & doug products as they are sturdy/brightly colored and have always been a big hit with the kids. Grandson loves it, has pounded so hard at times i thought for sure it would break! only problem i've had is keeping him from using the hammer part of it on everything else!

Y. Lorenz, Brighton and Hove

My 2 yr old got this for x-mas, and he loves it! the "gears" that pop the pegs up on the other side is an excellent feature. This pounding bench can take a beating and it entertains him for a decent amount of time before he's off to some other toy. It's solid wood and very sturdy. It can take all the abuse a rough and tough toddler can dish out. It's been beat on, tossed around, and thrown to the ground and it's still in one peice. Melissa and doug make some of the best toys available. Their toys are simple but still fun for kids, and they are always well made and high quality. I'm very pleased with this toy and would recommend it to anyone with a little one that likes to bang on things. Tip: the hammer will leave marks on wooden surfaces, little half moon rivets. It's best if used on a mat or non wooden hard surface. We learned this the hard way.

Y. Shawna, Nottinghamshire says

A great take on a standard toy. It has the yellow stops underneath so that the pegs can't go all the way through - no more lost pegs! had the similar toy from ikea but this one is cuter and better.

U. Mable, Enfield

My kids absolutely love destruction lol. So this toy was perfect. My two year old son immediately out of package started beating the crap out of this thing and it is still intact. Bonus is he is learning colors with it lol.



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