In our attempt to buy more products made in the USA, I thought I would compile a list of some companies that produce quality toys for children.
Down to Earth Toys sells a toy that has been a longtime favorite in our family, the Ball Tracker. We bought one of these for Benjamin when he was a year old. It is still good as new and gets plenty of use from our kids as well as from those who come to visit. I did replace the rubber balls with some wooden ones after a few years. Down to Earth Toys also has many other toys made in the USA here.
A real gem of a company is Maple Landmark Woodcraft . They are located in Vermont, home of many things lovely. They sell something for the entire family: wooden trains, ornaments, blocks, train whistles, puzzles, games, cutting boards, trivets, bookends, baby rattles, and yo-yos. I have bought some of the baby rattles and pull toys and have been so pleased with the items. Also, there is no fear of lead paint, poor construction or worrying about the labor conditions of the people working there.
Speaking of Vermont, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company makes some lovely stuffed bears. They even offer tours of their factory if you happen to be in the area.
If you have a train loving child in your family, check out the Whittle Wooden Train Company They make some beautiful wooden trains that will certainly outlast any childhood. An interesting history of their company can be read here. I am particularly fond of their Little Engine that Could railroad line.
Many of you mothers of little ones may be familiar with Lauri Products. Made of crepe rubber, their products are manufactured in Smethport, Pennsylvania. Our family has enjoyed their color and shape stackers, lacing products, alphabet puzzles and more.
I stumbled upon Fractiles the other day. I think they look like such a fun toy! I plan to order some for Ben for Christmas (Shhh!). They magnetic fun for any geometry fan made in Colorado, USA.
Have fun shopping!