If you’re a conservative like me, you’re probably wondering what toys are still made in America, especially with Christmas shopping going on. I did the research, and have found that most toys still produced in the United States are primarily educational or horticultural related. Personally as a child, I wasn’t very apt to enjoy many educational toys, at least the toys that deliberately stated ” Educational Toy ” on the packaging.
Because of this I have produced a list of what I think are the Top 6 American Made Toys for Christmas 2012.
#06…Yomega Raider Yo-Yo
Yomega Yo-Yo’s were very popular in 1998, when I was in junior high school. These toys were the craze of most American schools at the time and are still really fun to play with. I could see this item being a great stocking stuffer for girls and boys alike this Holiday season.
FatBrainToy describes this Yo-Yo as “the premier yo-yo in the advanced player’s world. Among world, local and national Champions, the Raider is used for extreme play. With a precise bearing system that allows for record spins and responsive play, the Yomega Raider is the certain choice for any progressing student of yo-yo play.”
This toy may cause a choking hazard for children 3 and younger.
#05…Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon
Most of you reading this had a Radio Flyer wagon growing up, or at least a friend or family member with one. The wagon I recall from my adolescence was made of metal and took a great beating. While this model is made of heavy duty plastic, it’s durability has not withered. In fact, this model actually comes with designated seating and seat belts for passangers! Here are some of the specifications for the wagon.
- Exclusive convertible feature
- Seats fold up for comfortable ride
- Seats fold down for maximum hauling capacity
- Child seat belts
- Super large storage compartment
- 4 molded-in cup holders – accommodates cans, cups, or juice boxes
- Extra-long handle for easy pulling
- Handle folds under for easy storage
- Front axles designed for non-tip turning
- New EVA foam wheels
- Parent’s Choice Award 2004 Gold Seal Award
This wagon is sure to bring the little rascals in your family, hours of enjoyment and adventure.
#04…Mini Fastback Cars
Manufactured from recycled milk cartons, these stylish cars are ideal for children ages 1 and up. These Green toys look really cool to me. The amount of detail on the body and inside of the vehicles is really stunning, especially when considering they are made of recycled materials. Their vibrant coats of paint are created with soy dyes, with no BPA, phthalates or PVC.
There is no better way to teach a child entrepreneurship than a lemonade stand. This 12 piece set comes with everything they need to hop on the pathway to capitalism. Like our #4 toy, this set is made of 100% recycled plastic. The compact design allows all pieces to be stored within the pitcher for easy storage.
#02…Toddler Tune Coupe
The toddler coupe has become an American classic over the last thirty years. The first set of wheels for many children, this toy is known for it’s durability and play value. Manufactured by Step 2, this toy is for toddlers 18 months and older. Made from American and imported parts, it is completely manufactured here, excluding it’s Chinese made steering wheel, which requires 2 AAA batteries.
Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, KNEX have become a leading construction toy for the ages 7+ market. Known for creating models with moving parts, KNEX are the logical step forward from Legos, teaching children about moving and interchangeable parts. There are many different KNEX sets available in a variety of price ranges, all being manufactured in America.