20 Awesome Toys Made in the USA
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Finding toys that aren't made in China or another faraway place can be tricky, so we've done some of the legwork for you. Check out this list of super-fun toys that are proudly made in the USA. Not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing you're supporting the U.S. economy — you'll also appreciate that the toys are more likely to meet and exceed product safety standards and be much more "green" in some cases, too.
More: The Best Montessori Toys
Our Top Picks
- Best Baby Toy: Stacking Toy Ring by Holgate Toys on Amazon
- Best Wooden Blocks: Lincoln Logs Anniversary Set on Amazon
- Best Dollhouse: Homi Baby The Modern Dollhouse Made in The USA on Amazon
- Best Playhouse: Step2 Lively Living Playhouse on Amazon
- Best Handmade Toy: Organic Wood Montessori Style Baby Rattle on Amazon
- Best Ride-On Toy: Dirt King Tricycle on Amazon
- Best Eco-Friendly Toy: Dish Set by Green Toys on Amazon
What to Consider When Purchasing Toys Made in the USA
- Favorite activities
Consider how your favorite little one is spending her time. Does she love playing sports, making music, or using his imagination?
- Developmental stage
Consider where your loved one is at developmentally. Is she immersed in imaginative play or is she looking for more ways to connect and play with other kids?
- Eco-friendly factor
Consider whether the toy is made in America, if it is BPA-free, and if it is made with sustainable practices.
How We Chose Our Favorites
We consulted with experts, parents, and most importantly, real kids to get the lowdown on the best toys made in the USA. We also tapped into these experts' advice to find out which brands were best and easily available on Amazon.
The Top 20 Awesome Toys Made in the USA
Best Baby Toy Made in the USA
Holgate introduced the classic design of this colorful stacker in 1938, and it's still a favorite today. Your baby will love the vibrant rings and the "clack" sound of stacking them. Holgate Toys have all been made in the USA since 1789 — wow! They also make classic wooden pull toys, building blocks, and personalized stools for kids.
“Well made in the USA! Seriously good quality. Will last to my children's children.”
Best Eco-Friendly Toy
American toys that are green to boot? A mom's dream come true! Green Toys makes all their toys from recycled materials. This play dish set is made from 100-percent recycled milk jugs! Their tugboat bath toy is really fun, too.
“Green Toys is always a trustworthy resource to buy kids' toys--but the great thing is that the price on this set was also comparable to similar sets from sources with quality/safety standards I wouldn't trust as much. So I went for it. Love that it's made from recycled milk jugs and is dishwasher safe!! Includes everything to duplicate what grown-ups actually eat with. The colors are gender-neutral and attractive.”
Best Gift For Kids Who Love Trains
Is your little engineer tough on his trains? New England maple should stand up to those collisions. Build on this basic set with Maple Landmark's NameTrain line of connectable trains in fun shapes like letters and animals.
“We love this train set! It's small, doesn't have too many parts, and is simple enough for a toddler to play with by him/herself.”
Best Gift for Kids Who Love Sports
Your child will have a ball — without breaking a thing in your living room — with Poof's three-pack of squishy foam sports balls made in the USA. Made by the manufacturers of the Slinky, they're guaranteed to be fun.
“Just as I remembered it as a kid 45 years ago the first time I was introduced to Poof Ball as an introduction to heading a soccer ball. It allows players to develop proper heading technique without the fear of pain when being introduced to the unique skill of heading. As a coach of soccer for 30 years I have always recommended it to beginning players.”
The Best Gift for Kids Who Love Action
Speaking of Slinky... More than 300 million Slinkys have been sold worldwide since the 1940s, so chances are you had one as a child. If you want a trip down memory lane, introduce your kids to this old-school, all-American toy.
“My two year old loves a slinky but will tangle a plastic one in record time. I bought four plastic ones at the dollar store and they were all tangled in less than a week. He got this metal one for Christmas and it was a HUGE hit. He plays with it daily and shows it no mercy. It's still in the same condition as day one. I'm impressed by the quality and I really like that my son gets to enjoy a traditional toy.”
The Best Gift for Kids Who Love to Build
This is a classic toy that will take you back to your own childhood. It encourages creativity and spatial thinking. These real wood logs can keep your little one - and your entire family - busy for hours!
“Overall, I think Lincoln Logs are a good toy for young children to have and this set includes a lot of pieces to get you started. It's nice to have a tin to store them in too. The price seems fairly reasonable for wood toys and, once my kids start using these a lot, we will most likely purchase some of the other sets to make more buildings. We definitely recommend this set if you have young children who like to build!”
The Best Gift for Kids Who Love to Ride
This wagon will stand the test of time. You can pull your little one in it, and later on they can use it to pull their toys or their pets around. It is sturdy and Amish-made so it can be passed down to future generations.
“Our daughter loves riding and pulling this wagon. Would buy again and would gift this item! Easy to assemble. High quality!”
The Best Gift for Kids Who Love Vehicles
Green Toys trucks are so fun for little hands. They can stand up to anything, and parents love that they are so eco-friendly from the production to the packaging.
“There are a few things I love about this toy. One is that there is very little packaging but still packaged tight enough for safe shipping with recyclable materials. When pulling the toy out, I could already tell the toy is sturdy and very durable. My son plays with it daily and I can rest assured that it would take a lot to break it. It would be a great gift for a toddler!”
The Best Gift for Little Builders
These blocks are not only fun and perfectly sized for little ones, they are also beautifully made. Parents love that they will never have to worry about these blocks going into small, teething mouths.
“This is a beautiful set of blocks. They are smooth, perfectly shaped and weighted. They are truly lovely, and come in all shapes and sizes - not like typical block sets. There's a large ramp-shaped block that my kids roll matchbox cars down, and bigger foundation blocks than I've seen in any other set. The unique shapes definitely spur the kids' imaginations! My two-year-old daughter plays with them every day, and I love that my 10 month old baby can gum on the blocks without fear of chemicals, paint or toxins getting into her system. It is well worth the price!”
The Best Ride-On Toy
This is not your typical tricycle. It is big and sturdy and can drive through the woods, the mud, or just down the street. Parents love that it can be handed down from one child to the next, as well as future generations.
“Our grandson recently outgrew his toddler tricycle (a very large 4 year old) so we got him this Dirt King after trying a Schwinn and being very disappointed in the poor quality Schwinn is now producing! So, after returning the Schwinn and doing some thorough research, we got this Dirt King and are we glad we did! It is easy to put together, extremely sturdy and easy for our grandson to ride and navigate...on cement, blacktop, dirt, whatever! HOORAY for the USA maintaining quality goods and we are only so happy to support such a company even though it is expensive (it will last many years and we will pass on to some other lucky child someday)!”
The Best Gift for Kids Who Love to Drive
This ride-on takes the classic cozy coupe to the next level. Your little one can drive it through the dirt and the grass easily as they learn to drive. The recycled plastic makes it easy to wash off too.
“Durable and easy to assemble. This little truck is very durable and takes the abuse. Moves easily in the dirt and tall grass. Hours of fun and once you are done washes off easy.”
The Best Wooden Pull Toy
These blocks are beautiful and handcrafted. The wagon that they come in makes for a perfect push and pull toy for little ones who are on the move. This is a toy that is definitely keepsake materials.
“These blocks are absolutely gorgeous! Every block was meticulously made, and you could see the care that the artisans took. I love that it has a safe ink stain with bright colors, so I’m not worried about my 15-month-old twin grandchildren playing these, and sometimes putting them in their mouths. I’m trying as much as I can to avoid purchasing any toys for them made in China, as even if they claim to be safe, I just don’t feel like I can fully trust their claims. Thanks for making this truly heirloom set of ABC blocks and wagon.”
The Best Toy Chest
How can parents not love a toy chest on wheels? Little ones can move it around, and it is still perfect to hold their favorite toys. The wooden look is simple and beautiful.
“This sturdy toy chest on wheels is the perfect place to store blocks, books, toys, or anything else you might need in your playroom!”
The Best Sandbox
Parents love that this sandbox includes a canopy to protect little ones from the elements as well as storage benches. The seating really opens up the experience, and all of the sand toys can easily be kept in the storage benches for quick cleanup.
“Worth the money. My daughter loves it! Assembly was easy.”
The Best Game Set
There’s nothing like teaching your child to play checkers on a beautiful American made, wooden checker set. This is a sturdy set that is a great choice for both kids and adults.
“Very nice quality. It will last for years. I'm very happy with this purchase. I have fond memories of playing checkers at my grandparents home. I want my grandkids to have the same memories. This board is definitely a step up from the one of my youth.”
The Best Baby Rattle
Parents love the peace of mind that comes with a safe teething toy for babies and toddlers. Montessori families will especially love this, and it also makes a beautiful gift for friends and family with new babies.
“This makes a great gift and wonderful play toy for babies. I like that my baby isn't playing with plastic. The rattle offers two chewing/knocking areas (end circles) and the rings offer sound interest as well as visual stimulation. I've been very pleased by the quality of this product. I added coconut oil to the wood to shine and for taste purposes. Two thumbs up.”
The Best Bingo Bed for Toddlers
Toddlers love to bang on things, and this classic bingo bed can stand up to even toddlers’ heavy level of pounding. Since it’s wooden, parents don’t have to worry about easily breaking plastic, and it also looks lovely in a classic playroom.
“This is the best pounding bench out there. The pegs are tight enough to stay in while my 1 yr old grandson wildly pounds then we turn it over and hammer the pegs the other way. They will come out but not easily and not at all if on a surface because they end up flush at the bottom. This is worth your money. A keeper.”
The Best Playhouse
Playhouses are excellent for hours of imaginative play both inside and outside. Step2 products are extremely durable, and kids love that they seem like miniature versions of the real thing.
“I am SO glad that we opted to go with this house. It was easy to build and my 15 month old twins love it! The ringing doorbell is absolutely adorable. Step2 never lets me down!”
The Best Gift for Kids Who Love to Color
Crayola crayons are classic and kids can never have too many. They encourage young artists to be creative and to share their views of the world. With 240 different crayons in this set, your little one will be able to dream big and represent those dreams on paper to share with the family.
“Love it! Beautiful colors!”
The Best Dollhouse
This wooden dollhouse has clean, modern lines that leave room for the imagination to fill the rest in. It can also be used in a playroom as small toy or book shelves. It’s a wonderful addition to a Montessori themed room as well.
“This doll house is great quality and doubles as a toy and a bookshelf!”
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