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We Supported Toys for Tots This Year With American-Made Toys

This year, don’t forget to support the programs that get toys into the hands of needy kids. There are lots of children who would really love to find something special under the tree this year.  We support the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots, which was founded in 1991 and uses only 3% of donations on operating expenses, sending 97% to the kids. 

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy these toys through the Wamart links in this post: Please do!As always, we’ve made a point to purchase items made in America for our donation to Toys for Tots. This weekend, we went to our local Walmart where we found the classic American building set, Lincoln Logs, along with a K’nex “Thrill Ride” set, Crayola Crayons and “My Very Own Tool Bench” from American Plastics Toys Inc.

It really didn’t take us a long time to find these Made-in-USA items, just a little determination and legwork around the toy department. Our local firehouse is a drop-off point and we’ll be heading there tomorrow.

Just a word of advice, if you want to participate, do it soon since collections are usually over by mid December. Leave your toy unwrapped – they need to see the toy to get it to the right kid!. 

The best part: taking a moment on Christmas morning to think about what these gifts might mean to a young person in your community.


Paul and Kathy

Two Crows For Joy: Organic Kids’ Clothes and More: Made-in-USA

BabyA pair of moms created the idea for Two Crows for Joy, a company offering American-made and organic clothing, bedding and gear for kids. BabyClothesAccording to their site, the company was envisioned a place for parents, grandparents, and friends to get high quality, sustainable products for children while supporting American workers. Sounds good to us.

romper2 rompers1The designs are utterly joyful, as the name suggests, and you’ll love seeing the kids running (or crawling) around in them.
boyclothesgirlclothesThe product line includes adorable baby sleepers, blankets, sheets, diapers and more, along with clothes and toys for older kids. If you’ve got kids, or you have to pick out a gift for a kid, give Two Crows for Joy a look.

Regards, Kathy



200 Kid’s Gifts at Little Tikes: Made in USA

If you’re looking for American-made gifts for small kids, be sure to check out Little Tikes. They have about 200 American-made items : plenty of opportunities to fulfill your One Gift For America goal.

The company was founded in 1970 in Hudson, OH and is best known for playhouses, ride-on toys, climbers, slides and more.  Here are some of their most awesome creations.

4126_classic-castle_xlargeClassic Castle

604317_6-in-1-towncenter-playhouse_xlarge6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

484230-cook-around-kitchen-cart_xlarge Cook Around Kitchen & Cart™

612015_picnic-n-playhouse_xlargePicnic ‘n Playhouse

618031_deluxe-ride--relax-wagon-with-umbrella_xlargeDeluxe Ride & Relax® Wagon with Umbrella


Endless Adventures® Rock Climber & Slide

ttwn_tikes-town-playhouse-bundle_xlargeTikes Town™ Playhouse Bundle


Pirate Ship Toddler Bed


Lalaloopsy™ Twin Bed


Black Sports Car Twin Bed


Pink Sports Car Twin Bed

Here’s a link where you can see of Little Tikes’ Made in USA items.

Regards, Kathy

From Baby Blocks to K’NEX Carousels: 15 Building Sets Made-in-USA

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.

LarsenThe 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. knexK’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.
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Toddler Ride-On Toys: Made in USA

Know what your toddler would love to play with this summer? These! With feet planted firmly on the ground, they’ll feel safe and comfortable in these Made-in-USA ride-on vehicles from Little Tikes. All are under $70 at Wal-Mart.

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0005074361612_500X500Little Tikes Spray & Rescue Fire Truck
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