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United States of America: The Best Toy Brands

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The United States of America or the US is a large country in North America, so plenty of space to develop all kinds of fun toy brands.

In this article I take you through the best brands from American soil.

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Best American Toy Brands

Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug is a wooden toy brand founded in 1988 in Connecticut, America.

They look at the versatility of toys with the solid timelessness that wood offers.

Like building blocks, a staple of children's play since the earliest days, for one simple reason: kids love them.

This set of Melissa & Doug offers all the classic versatility of the toy, but with the sturdy timelessness that wood offers.

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Melissa & Doug

Their own children play an important role in the development of Melissa and Doug's toys. An idealistic couple with passion make beautiful and solid toys for a good price.

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There are 200 pieces in this set for maximum fun when building, stacking and taking down.

They come in nine different shapes and four different colors (red, blue, yellow, and green), so there's no limit when it comes to building options.

Not only do they inspire creative play and motor and spatial skills, but they can also be used to teach shapes, colors, counting and more in a fun way.

Recommended for ages three to eight, the only limit to what they can do with these blocks is their imagination.

Did you know that Melissa and Doug - from the toys - are real people?

We're talking about a spontaneous couple from the United States who started this great fun toy brand back in the XNUMXs.

While building their company, this couple also raised a family with six children!

Little Tikes

Little Tikes is an American toy brand founded in 1970 by Thomas G. Murdough. The company was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid in 1999 and produces a wide variety of children's products, including vehicles, playhouses, basketball sets, activity gyms and furniture.

They have manufacturing facilities in Ohio, California and international locations in Europe and Asia.

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Our favorite Little Tikes toys

The brand has made a whole bunch, but these are our favorite toys:

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Little TikesExpedition Climber – Climbing frame

With this climbing frame your child will be able to develop his or her physical motor skills and have fun adventures.

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Best plastic sandbox

Little TikesSandpit Turtle

The sandpit is shaped like a turtle. Because of its nice design and green color, the sandpit fits nicely in the backyard as an extra playground.

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Little Tikes Company was founded in the late 60s by Thomas G. Murdough, who was interested in the toy industry. He saw that the toy industry was in a period of intense transformation, with smaller companies and distributors being swallowed up by major manufacturers.

Murdough disagreed with the increasing poor quality of toys and the fact that toy manufacturers focused only on making toys cheaper. He saw the need for plastic toys that could be produced inexpensively and started Little Tikes.

Play doh

The patent for Play-Doh, filed by Noah McVicker in 1956, was granted in 1965, the same year that Rainbow Crafts (the original manufacturer) was sold to General Mills. Hasbro acquired the brand in 1991. The distinctive feature of Play-Doh, namely its recognizable scent, has remained unchanged all these years.

Hasbro moved production from in 2004 Play doh mainly to factories in China and Turkey so it is no longer made in America.


Mattel is an American toy company known for producing a wide range of toys and popular brands. The company was founded in 1945 and has since occupied a prominent place in the toy industry. Mattel is diverse in its offerings, with toys for children of all ages, from infants to adult collectors.

Some of the most iconic Mattel brands are Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and American Girl. Barbie is the world's most recognizable fashion doll and has had a huge influence on popular culture and the perception of toys. Hot Wheels is known for its detailed scale models of cars and race tracks. Fisher-Price offers educational toys for young children, while American Girl offers dolls and accessories that reflect historical stories and values.

In addition to these brands, Mattel has a wide variety of other toy lines, including board games, action figures, puzzles and more. The company is also involved in the production of toys based on popular franchises such as Disney, DC Comics, and film and TV shows.


Cricut is a leading brand in the world of hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts. Their cutting machines, such as the Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Maker, offer versatile options for cutting materials such as paper, vinyl, fabric and leather.

It is important to note that Cricut is not a toy, but rather a powerful tool for creative projects. With several models to choose from, beginners and experienced makers alike can find the perfect Cricut plotter for their needs.

The machines are suitable for various materials, including paper, vinyl, fabric, leather and even wood. With ease of use and speed, Cricut revolutionizes the world of DIY and hobbies, allowing anyone to create creative projects quickly and easily.

Always something to do for the holidays or rainy day?

Play Choice now has the ultimate activity book collection, with over 60 pages of fun coloring pages and educational puzzles.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.