Building toys are among the favorite playthings of young children. I loved Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys when I was little and it never seemed there were enough pieces for me to finish my masterpieces.
Many of the wooden toys of that era are gone or transformed into plastic pieces now, often made overseas. Still, there are some Made-in-USA, old-school building toys around, starting with baby blocks and progressing through to large-scale adolescent building kits:
My First Blocks Set
This organic and eco-friendly blocks set is made from Midwestern trees in a mix of maple, cherry, and walnut. They are perfect for your child’s small grip. Finished with beeswax and flaxseed oil, the blocks are 100% natural and non-toxic. Each set of 12 comes in a handmade cloth carry bag.
Lowercase Alphabet Blocks
These beautiful wooden blocks are handcrafted in Michigan of Basswood grown in the Great Lakes area. They have beveled edges for a more comfortable hold for your little one. Printed with non-toxic inks.
Wooden Blocks in Distressed Pastels
These 2” hardwood blocks are hand painted in a small artisan studio in New York with images of old toys, letters, and numbers. Charming for play or nursery decor.
Simple Block Set
Cabinetmaker Chris Heston of Timberworks Toys got started making toys when his wife couldn’t locate Made-in-USA products for their son to play with. Now his variety of products includes this 24 piece set: 14 – 6″ blocks, 7 – 12″ blocks, 2 – donuts, & 1 panel. Blocks are 1″ x 1″ with lengths of 6″ and 12″.
Gorilla Blocks, 66/Pack
Interlocking blocks promote creativity and help improve motor skill. Plus, they’re fun! These blocks are made from “Gorilla Foam,” a durable, nontoxic, waterproof and recyclable material.
24 Piece Set, Building Blocks
As your child develops motor skills, they need a fun and safe way to learn about touch, stacking, balancing, building, and color. The Wooden Building Blocks set is perfect for your child’s small grip.
Timbers and Widgets Set
LIMITED EDITION 50 piece set including Maple timbers 1″ x 1″ in lengths ranging from 3″ to 12″, square connectors, triangular blocks, panels, and more!
K’NEX Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Frontier Cabin Building SetBeautiful Building Blocks
This 51-piece set has the added appeal of square locking widgets that allow your child to build stable horizontal and vertical structures as well as enjoy endless stacking fun.
The Larsen Toy Lab offers a line of Made-in-USA block sets including this personalized batch.
Slotto has been called one of the best building sets of the last 50 years. Check out why. K’NEX 521 Piece Value Tub
Stack and Scare Blocks
Basswood blocks can unleash a multitude of quirky creatures that kids will be proud to call their own creations.
Alphabet Factory Blocks
Beyond the block-building fun, this wooden factory set is an eye-catching introduction to graphic design.
K’NEX 6′ Ferris Wheel
Take on the ultimate K’Nex building challenge with the 6-Foot Ferris Wheel building set. Switch on the powerful, plug-in motor to bring the hulking ride to life
With all the construction projects they’ll be doing, your children will really enjoy a Fun Builder Table.