When the recalls from China first started coming in and I realized I had to do something about the toys in our house, I only felt frustration. Frustrated with China, frustrated with the companies not taking time to quality control their products and frustrated with myself for allowing such cheaply made things to take over our house in the first place.
I am definitely over that frustration now. In fact, I am totally excited and elated! I’ve spent the last few days searching for wooden toys made in the United States and I am astonished at the options that actually exist. The quality of the toys is apparent just by looking at the online pictures and I am so happy to be able to support all the families that build and supply these toys. I want to share these links with other parents and grandparents that may be seeking out these alternatives as well. There are also a lot of high quality and natural wooden toys made in other countries like Germany, Thailand, Sweden, etc. But right now I want to focus on items made in America. In the future I will compile a list of links to foreign made toys.
I would also like to take a minute and highlight an online store that has amazed me with their extensive collection of American made toys as well as their affordable prices. That store is A Toy Garden. All though they offer toys from other countries as well, they have over 200 products made right here in the USA! Simply use their search function and type in “USA” and all of the choices will come up. I was oohing and ahhing at almost every toy and they are the first store we are going to start our shopping at. I am so excited to get some of these products in our home and so happy to start supporting more work at home families.
If you manufacture toys made in America or are an online site that provides them and would like to have your site added, please contact me and I will add it to the list. I am only listing toys made in America at this time. Please note that almost all of these sites also offer toys made from other countries as well, I have tried to link to their American made sections.
LIST: Check back often. I will be updating this as I have time to find more sites…
***Please go to this link: HERE for an updated list***
A Toy Garden – My favorite. Type USA in the search function
Keep in mind that another way to find wonderful, high quality toys is to look locally. Check your phone book or put out an ad on Craigslist that you’re seeking local wooden toy makers.
Hyena Cart is also a place where work at home moms (WAHM’s) advertise their creations.