Melissa and Doug toys are awesome. I can't say enough good things! I really like how they try to use wood whenever possible. Their toys are American made and usually fairly gender neutral. Their toys seem to promote imaginative play and learning while still being amazingly fun to the child. I love their gender neutral doll houses and cool dress-up costumes! One of my parents works in a nursing home and she says they even use Melissa and Doug with the elderly residents there. Do you have any Melissa and Doug toys and do you like them?