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Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Christmas is right around the corner {I know, what happened to April, right?} but seriously, its coming up fast. As you may have noticed on Henry's Christmas List, I love Melissa and Doug toys! LOVE them. They are great for learning and playing. They are sturdy, colorful, and mostly wooden {so you don't have to worry about some cancer-causing-something-or-other from cheap plastic}.

Well Melissa and Doug just released their Terrific Twenty Holiday Gifts for 2012! They have some awesome choices at really reasonable prices for children of all ages. Along with the list, Melissa and Doug are giving away a ton of great prizes every day on their Facebook Page -- go check them out!

One of my favorite toys on the list for Henry is the Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck Wooden Toy! Henry is really starting to love trucks and loves to sort. I think this will be perfect for him! And YOU!

Melissa and Doug has been awesome enough to offer an Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck to one lucky Kavanaugh Report reader! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. The only mandatory entry is to like The Kavanaugh Report on Facebook! This giveaway ends November 14!

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I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. The prize is sponsored by Melissa and Doug.


We love their wooden puzzles!
Heidi said…
I love M&D toys! Great giveaway!
Heidi said…
His favorite right now is his pull-along doggy.
Rochel S said…
Love their food sets especially the Pizza Pie
Samantha said…
Great giveaway! C loves their puzzles!
We have a couple of their puzzles and C loves them! I'd love to try out something else from M&D!
Kaysha said…
We have a bunch of Melissa and Dough puzzles that we love!
Julie said…
Pretty much all of AJ's Xmas list has m&d's toys on it!
Love their cutting food sets!
Carolyn E said…
I just happened to be looking for some Christmas ideas for my 16 month old. He has the shape sequence sorter which I found on final clearance and a puzzle he received for his birthday and just loves them! Definitely going to be checking this out, since he loves animals!
debijackson said…
love the trunki debbie jackson
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Anonymous said…
Love the tea set
ann smith
I am obsessed with the Rattle Rumble Push toy!
Anonymous said…
My boy loves trains...and he has a few of their train puzzles. Loves them!
MrsAshleyEm said…
I'm a huge fan of their puzzles and I'm sure my son would love this cute toy :)
Lindsay said…
My son LOVES their pizza cutting toy!

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