Finding made in USA toys is a challenge. It can be tricky deciphering product labels to find out where a toy is manufactured. It can also be tricky to find toys that kids will play with for longer than a week. I have done the research (and my kids have agreed) on the toys included in this list so you don't have to.
This list includes our picks for the best made in USA toys for kiddos age baby to teen. The toy brands on this list have proven that they are committed to American manufacturing, as this list includes beloved toy classics, as well as new toy favorites.
Best Made in USA Toys: Our Top Picks for Baby to Teen
Crazy Aaron's Putty
It bounces, it stretches, it pops, and it sculpts…Crazy Aaron's Putty is THE original and best creative play “slime”. For over 20 years Crazy Aarons has been making putty in the USA. Today the Crazy Aaron's Putty line includes sooo many different varieties with different textures, scents, colors, and effects. They even have limited edition and holiday putties.
Crazy Aaron's Putty is made in Pennsylvania from top quality materials, including non-toxic silicone, so it never dries out. All putty is made with the help of exceptional individuals challenged with intellectual, physical, and other disabilities.
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Land of Dough Play Dough
Land of Dough play dough is natural, eco-friendly, and unique. It is made in small batches with natural colors, compostable glitter and eco friendly packaging. The scent is blend of organic chamomile, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils to add a wonderful calming dimension to the play experience.
What is unique about Land of Dough play dough is that instead of individual colors, each dough container is a theme including several colors that is meant to be mixed together.
Trouble the Dog
Finding an American made stuffed animal can be difficult!! I discovered Trouble the Dog back in 2013 when each of my kiddos were sent one to to love. You can read about that in our article, Trouble the Dog is a Rare American Made Stuffed Animal and A True Friend.
Trouble the Dog is a plush "Therapy Dog" he is huggable, and squeezable and gives kids hope in a time of uncertainty.
Uncle Goose Classic Blocks
Uncle Goose has been manufacturing high quality wooden blocks in the USA for over 30 decades. All Uncle Goose blocks are hand made by skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. The wood remains natural and uncoated, and the colorful dye used contains no metals and is sourced from an American manufacturer.
These blocks are intended for kids age 2 and up as though they are safe enough to put in the mouth, they are not intended to be teething toys. Check out the other Uncle Goose block sets like the foreign language sets, and scientific sets which are fun educational tools.
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe
The Cozy Coupe has been an American favorite since 1979 when it was introduced as the first plastic car. Today, Little Tikes still manufactures the Cozy Coupe, as well as a large selection of their plastic toys, in the USA. Their headquarters and American manufacturing facility is located in Hudson, Ohio.
Step2 Outdoor Playset
My kiddos both loved our American made Step2 outdoor playset! It was passed onto us by a neighbor, and when they out grew it, we passed it on to a family member. These playsets are sturdy and durable. Step2 has two manufacturing facilities in the USA- both of them located in Ohio- where a large selection of their plastic toys are made.
Dirt King Tricycle
The Dirt King tricycle is made of 14 and 16 gauge steel and was engineered to be passed on to future generations. The seat adjusts for the growth of the child. The over-sized tires are designed to roll-over any terrain- grass, sidewalks, gravel and more. The over-sized front wheel, similar to the popular "big wheel", is made to make it easier to maneuver for some children.
Luke's Toy Factory Eco-Truck STEM Building Set
Luke's Toy Factory is another new toy company (founded in 2014) making its way to the top of the American made toy scene. Luke's Toy Factory's Eco-friendly 3D puzzle vehicles are unique, durable, educational, and fun to play with. These vehicles have won Learning® Magazine's 2019 Teacher's Choice Award for Preschool age toys. Luke's Toy Factory toys are made with upcycled, organic materials like walnut shells, maple saw dust, flax fiber and other end of life materials- all of which are American sourced.
Green Toys Tea Set
Every kid needs a tea set, and Green Toys tea set is American made AND meets FDA food safe standards AND is dishwasher safe. Win, win if your kiddos are like mine and like real treats at their tea parties. Green Toys is my go to made in USA toy brand when I am in need of a gift for a child age 1-8. Their products are affordable, durable, safe, and encourage imaginative play. Green Toys is a newer American made toy brand, having been around (and growing!) since 2007. All Green Toys Eco-friendly products are made from recycled milk jugs and food safe mineral based colorings. Their manufacturing facility is located in California.
Cubles Dinosaur Set - 3D Model Paperboard Kit
Cubles are fun engineering and pretend play toys for kiddos of all ages. Kids fold and create figures out of card stock with easy to follow instructions and no scissors or glue. The creations, like the dinosaurs in this kit, have moving parts and are very sturdy. Check out the other Cubles kits too!
Cubles is headquartered in Minnesota. All Cubles are made in USA and are 100% recyclable.
Eli & Mattie Doll Bunk Beds
Have you noticed that none of the American Girl® brand products are made in the USA? Well if you are looking for American made accessories for American Girl® size dolls, then you need to check out Eli & Mattie. Eli & Mattie wooden doll accessories and classic wooden toys are handcrafted by Amish craftsmen in Ohio.
The origin of the original sock monkey can be traced all the way back to the 1930s. Today, the sock monkey is still made in the USA from the original Rockford red heel socks. Made in Ohio.
Lincoln Logs have been a toy favorite for over 100 years. However, up until recently, Lincoln Logs had been manufactured in China (and made of plastic) for decades. K'nex, who owned the manufacturing rights to Lincoln Logs, brought them back to being made of wood and to being made in the USA. Today Lincoln Logs are made in Maine by Pride Manufacturing, a company known for being the worlds number one manufacturer of wooden golf tees. Fun Fact: Did you know that Lincoln Logs were invented by architect Frank Lloyd Wright's son? John Lloyd Wright developed the now iconic toy in around 1916.
Spooner Boards Freestyle Balance Board
The Spooner balance board is a must have for kiddos who are interested in learning skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing. This board helps provide the foundations of balance and motion needed to master these sports. It also provides safer ways to practice tricks of these sports. The Spooner was featured on Shark Tank and has received multiple awards like ASTRA Best Toys for Kids, and Creative Child Magazine Product of the Year. NOTE: The Freestyle Balance Board featured here is for smaller kids. For taller kids, the Pro Balance Board is recommended.
POOF Power Spiral Football
POOF Power Spiral Football measures about 8.5 inches and is good for a game, or for throwing and catching practice. The grooves help this football throw easier and farther. POOF® sport foam balls have been around since the 1980s and event though the brand has switched owners multiple times, the sports balls have still remained made in the USA.
Labyrinth Balance Board, Classic
Beercan Boards Longboard Skateboard
Beecan Boards made in USA skateboards provide an extremely durable and customizable ride for beginners and pros alike with many styles to choose from. Beercan Boards are made in Georgia from 100% recycled aluminum and plastics. The small business is family owned and operated.
American Made Baby Toys, Toddler Toys & Preschool Toys: The Ultimate Source List
Make sure the toys your baby and toddler are playing with are safe, especially since little ones LOVE to put every thing in their mouths. Toys manufactured in China have been found to be made with lead paint or coloring containing lead. You can trust that the American made baby toys, toddler toys, and preschool toys on our list are made with safe, quality materials.
Made in USA Building Toys for Kids of All Ages
Building toys are more than just blocks. Building toys stimulate imagination and creative play, and can be used to teach science and math (without kiddos even know that they are learning- gasp!). The made in USA building toys that I discovered for this list span all ages from baby to teens. There are even several listed here that adults would love!
Wooden Toys Made in USA for Kids of All Ages: The Ultimate Source List
Our Ultimate Source List of wooden toys includes toys for kids of all ages. Many of the selections focus on babies, preschoolers, and elementary-age kids because those early developmental years are oh-so-important. Many of these same wooden toy manufacturers also make games with wooden boards or pieces your tweens and teens will enjoy, so be sure to check out the websites for other selections these business owners create.
American Made Outdoor Toys and Games We Love
We are always on the hunt for new made in the USA outdoor play items to add to our collection. Here is a list of our favorite outdoor toys and game brands plus products that we have either enjoyed when the kids were younger, currently love, or want.
American Made Gifts for Kids Who Love LEGO
If you are gift shopping for a kiddo under the age of 12, I can almost guarantee that the word “LEGO” appears at the top of their want list! Although LEGOs are not made in China, there are, unfortunately, no LEGO bricks or pieces manufactured in the USA. Wait… no need to stress if you have taken the pledge to buy American! You'll be the hero when you give these unexpected American made gifts for kids who love LEGO.
Made in the USA Princess Gift Ideas for the Child who Loves Everything Princess!
This list features our favorite American made princess items. They all make great gift ideas for the child on your holiday list that loves everything princess!
Gifts That Inspire Creativity and Learning in Kids of All Ages
Gifts that inspire creativity and learning are gifts that keep on giving. At any age, a toy that engages the mind and the hands of a child is the key, not only to learning and creativity, but to the realization of self-potential. Every one of these gifts is Made in the USA, built to last, and safe.
Jigsaw Puzzles Made in the USA: The Ultimate Source List
We are excited to tell you that there are many, many excellent brands of jigsaw puzzles made in the USA. Now is the time to support small American companies. Why not start by selecting a new jigsaw puzzle? As long as you are placing an order, think about the gift-giving occasions coming up. Jigsaw puzzles make great gifts for all ages.
10 Benefits of Family Games with Games Made in USA
Not all games are being produced in other countries. Happily, we can report a number of games still being manufactured in America. That means we can feel good about our purchases because we're keeping friends and neighbors employed. We're helping our economy. And we're having fun in the process!
Four Hobbies for Tweens and Teens Featuring American Made Products
I know I'm not the only one out there who is trying to find something, OK, anything, for their tween or teen to do besides spending most, OK, all of their waking hours on their electronic devices. And so began my search for hobbies for tweens and teens that my kiddos- I have one of each- might actually enjoy.
Best Lawn Games for Outdoor Fun Made in USA
Lawn games made in the USA are a blast for everyone. They’re the ultimate boredom buster for kids and teenagers, a fun way for family members to enjoy one another’s company, and a means for building camaraderie between friends and other groups. Keep reading to learn more about the best lawn games for outdoor fun!
Have you visited our Made in USA Shopping District? It is the place to start your shopping when you want to find the best of American-made.
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I love your blog! All about supporting my neighbors businesses. You know? Your money should do more then just buy you something? Help support your community, buy from small businesses! Small business is our Country’s bread and butter! Even better environmentally friendly! Your help is immensely appreciated! Very well done! Thank You!
Thank you for this list! It is more important than ever to support businesses in the USA!