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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench

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  • Clasic pounding bench
  • Non-removable pegs
  • Toddlers have fun learning color names
  • Ideal for motor development
  • Includes mallet
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B004NCEL4M
  • Item model number: 4490
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months - 6 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

The pegs on the bench go up and down, playing peek-a-boo 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.

From the Manufacturer

A Design Twist on a Classic Toy

A beloved classic toy gets an exciting new twist with this deluxe pounding bench. As the colorful, non-removable pegs on the bench go up and down, they play peekaboo, taking turns showing their friendly smiles while the child has fun practicing fine motor skills. And you’ll enjoy that because the pegs are attached, they can’t get lost. A sturdy wooden mallet is included.

Cause-and-Effect in Action

Children delight in striking a peg with the mallet and watching one on the opposite side pop up. Once a child has seen this cause-and-effect in action, he or she will enjoy predicting which peg will pop up next. As a child develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, he or she will also be learning numbers and colors by counting the pegs and naming each color as it pops up.

About Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug toys are designed to fuel imagination, inspire exploration, and encourage the natural curiosity that leads to a lifetime of learning. From classic wooden toys to creative crafts for every age, Melissa & Doug’s timeless products educate and enrich in a way that’s as natural as playtime itself.

Since their company’s founding more than two decades ago, Melissa and Doug have been committed to making exceptional children’s products, with a focus on hands-on creative play and superior customer service.

With their recognizable red-oval logo, Melissa and Doug put their names on every product they make--a symbol of their commitment to quality, attention to detail, and dedication to improving playtime for families around the world.

Product Description

This deluxe wooden pounding activity includes 8 brightly colored, non-removable pegs and a wooden mallet for endless skill-building entertainment. As a child hits one smiley-faced peg with the mallet, the opposite one pops up.

Features:

  • Sturdy wooden peg-pounding toy with 8 colorful, non-removable pegs and a mallet
  • Durable wood construction

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this toy to anyone with toddlers.
Cheryl Beckley
The kid seems to like it anyway and pounds away on the pegs with the hammer.
Amazon Customer
It is very durable - all made of good quality wood.
Landa J. Malmberg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

173 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Zalmorion the Fantastic on June 24, 2014
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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!
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. on May 17, 2011
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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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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By AmandaH on December 3, 2011
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I love this pound-a-peg toy! The pegs are permanently attached to the toy, making the toy last. If they were not attached, they would have been lost within a few days and the toy would not be usable. I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old so keeping track of small objects is not easy. We now only have to keep track of the pounder itself.

The pegs are pretty colors that my toddler loves to point out. She also likes the faces on the pegs. It works perfectly. As they pound one peg down, an opposite peg comes back up.

Heavy duty and well-made. Glad we got this one.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Botsy on January 28, 2014
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I have two toddlers and really love the idea of Melissa and Doug's wooden, no battery products and I am willing to pay an extra few dollars for high quality items - assuming they last. However, I am now seeing quality issues in multiple M&D products and they just aren't lasting. This bench was the first casualty when it fell apart (into multiple pieces) only a few weeks after purchasing. I have had it in my "fix up" box, but so far I am not having any luck putting it back together so my boys just use the hammer on our other workbench (which is now coming loose as well). Other products are proving to be less than solid as well - the trains in our M&D train set are chipping paint everywhere, our paint brushes are shedding their bristles, and our wooden train stacking toy lost its wheels. Seems like there has been a definite decrease in quality over the past year and I am much more wary of purchasing Melissa and Doug products from here on out. I have found a few new wood products at Land of Nod and the quality has been superior thus far.
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Thank you for your comments on the Deluxe Pounding Bench. I would love to speak with you to get some additional information and to help you with this. Please call me at #800-284-3948.
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Beth Miller
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Anne on September 30, 2012
We've had this toy for six months. My son LOVED it and we endured long stretches of loud pounding to indulge him. It was very cute.
We never had the issue I've read here with paint chipping, just little dents in the wood-no big deal.
HOWEVER-after four months, my son realized that when the peg was hammered all the way down, you can pull it out the bottom. Now all of the pegs have been pulled out and a few were recently tossed in the toilet...time to toss it! Bummer! If the pegs were only slightly longer, this wouldn't happen...
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Landa J. Malmberg on November 28, 2011
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This was a gift for my one year old grand-son and he loves it and plays with it often. It is very durable - all made of good quality wood.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristian Hargett on March 21, 2013
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I love melissa and doug products but this one didnt live up to their name. It fell apart after we had it for about 2 weeks. I tried to put it back together but had no luck.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W00dstock on August 1, 2012
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I looked at a few other "pounding bench" toys and chose this one. This was meant to be an activity that our 15 m/o could play with independently while I worked around the house. She is right at the age of wanting to do EVERYTHING with me and I needed something for her to do on her own. I considered the other brands where after pounding the pins through one side, the child would then flip the toy over and have a go at the other side (repeat, repeat, repeat), but I wasn't certain she would understand to flip the toy at this age. The Melissa & Doug one allows her to continue working on this toy, as pushing one pin down pushes another up. At first, she didn't hammer hard enough to move the pins and I showed her how to push them down with the palm of her hand. We enjoy talking about the colours of the pins and *now* talk about what is appropriate/inappropriate use of the hammer. She can fetch the toy on her own and has learned to sit down to play with it. I've noticed that she likes to put the whole thing on her lap and work with it there. We are against plastic toys in our house and like the solid, wood feel of this one. Would def recommend!
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