Sometimes you can find hand-crafted, made-in-America, wholesome toys that your children will actually want. Ten examples are offered below.
Why You Like It: Demonstrates real-life physics in action, and is a great way to open a discussion about the Battle of Hastings!
Why They Like It: Makes for more realistic zombie-apocalypse play.
Why You Like It: Handmade in plush fabrics, personalized to order. Helps children form early identification with the power of good.
Why They Like It: Now it’s not just jumping on the couch. It’s flying.
Why You Like It: Well-crafted, portable toy that inspires imaginative play while idealizing an active lifestyle.
Why They Like It: Everyone has those cookie-cutter Barbie accessories, but your child is the only kid on the block with this one. Now Barbie can go camping in style!
Why You Like It: A rich opportunity for your child to learn about the culture of the Native American through the pure simple sound of an indigenous-styled instrument.
Why They Like It: Because it makes noise. Duh.
5. Hand sewn 18th Century Costume Dress, $200
Why You Like It: Steps outside the stranglehold of Disney while still providing your daughter with an heirloom quality, historically accurate costume.
Why They Like It: This dress takes glam to a whole new level.
6. All Natural Homemade Fingerpaint, $10
Why You Like It: Sure, finger paint is easy to come by, but knowing this was carefully made by a home craftsman with non-toxic materials makes it a special buy.
Why They Like It: Because your curtains/carpets/walls are the wrong color, and they’ve been meaning to do something about it.
7. Wooden Toy Catapult, $25
Why You Like It: Who wants to learn about gravitational potential energy and fulcrums? Who doesn’t?
Why They Like It: Everything from uneaten bits of food to the head of their sister’s favorite doll becomes a weapon, and what could be more fun than that?
8. Toadstools Skittles Game, $40
Why You Like It: An elegant and playful take on a historic game, one which encourages active play.
Why They Like It: For the pure joy of throwing something hard and knocking other things over.
Why you like it: How adorable will your little non-gender-specific child look in this handcrafted tribute to history!
Why They Like It: The villages to the South have cookies. To the longships!
10. Beetle Mounting Kit, $24
Why You Like It: This kit has everything you need to start your child on a voyage of discovery regarding the beauty of the natural world!
Why They Like It: Stabbing pins into dead bugs. Awesome.