Vermont Wooden Toys
Norwich, VT

Toys in  VermontOur wooden toys are constructed of the finest quality Vermont hard rock maple accented with occasional contrasting tones of Pennsylvania cherry, birch, oak, and mahogany. They are finished with our own special nontoxic blend of hard-drying stains and sealers which protect and enhance the natural beauty of the woodgrain. In the past, our toys have been displayed both in toy shops and in galleries, and recommended by respected books and periodicals which cite our creations' furniture-quality craftsmanship and durability within the playspace. Our toys have been acclaimed both in museum exhibitions and art festivals for their originality and integrity of design. Many of our toys are designed to be ridden and all are created to endure the rugged play of several generations of children.

Vermont Wooden Toys in 2011 celebrates 38 years of toymaking, beginning in 1973 as "R. Voake, Toymaker", & now over the last 15 years or so, adopting a perhaps more descriptive name as "Vermont Wooden Toys". We enjoy the continued endorsement of our efforts from repeat patrons, as well as recommendation from teaching and childraising professionals such as the noted child psychologist and author, Dr. Fitzhugh Dodson. Come and visit our Norwich workshop and store on-line as we carry on the Vermont folk art tradition. Choose from the categories offered below to browse through our workshop and examine our creations up close.

Different Drummer Workshop
Handcrafted Wooden Toys From Maine

Toys in is the internet arm of the Different Drummer Workshop, handcrafters of high quality and natural finished wooden toys for kids since 1973. The main features of our handcrafted wooden toys are:

  • Design - safe and simple, to encourage the child to use his or her own imagination. (No batteries required!)
  • Durability - sturdy enough to withstand years of hard play and then be passed on to the kids of the next generation.
  • Craftsmanship- each wooden toy is carefully handmade with all edges and corners rounded, and then hand sanded to a pleasant feeling satin smooth natural finish that the toddler can safely chew on.
  • Materials - native Maine white pine is the primary material of our wooden toys,  with most wheels and turnings made from hard maple or birch.

Whirlygigs Toy Shop
Exeter, NH

Toys in New HampshireWhirlygigs Toy Shop is located in the heart of downtown Exeter, New Hampshire. At Whirlygigs, you will find a classic shop from the past packed with toys of every kind. From the latest craze to the classic toys you grew up with, we can help you find what you're looking for. Our friendly local staff strive to offer unique toys and the best customer service which includes our popular free gift-wrapping. Whirlygigs carries many quality toys that are made in the U.S.A. as well as other countries around the world (for more on our toys and where they are made, click here). Come in and experience the "Best Local Toy Store" as voted by New Hampshire Magazine readers in 2011.

Evan's, Jesse's & Jordie's Toy Shoppes
Hamden, Orange, and Guilford,CT

Toys in ConnecticutRecently voted "Best Toy Store" by Kid Haven Readers and winner of "Connecticut's Best Toy Stores" by Child Magazine!

We are in full swing of unpacking for the holidays and will continue to be until December 24th...It is hard to believe another year has gone by..This is our 25th Christmas season and we love the rush of it all...We had hundreds of boxes come in this week already and the merchandise is on the shelf and ready to be wrapped for your convenience...UPS and Fed Ex are glad to empty their trucks at our front door...less for them to do for the rest of the day... we have the best selection for toys and games on the market and we are happy to help you choose the right gift at the price...

The Toy Shop
Middletown, RI

Toys in Rhode IslandVoted "Best Toy Store" by RI MonthlyOnce upon a time, Wayne Kneeland had been in the entertainment business, performing puppet shows for children and acting in Chicago theatre, movies and television. As a teenager he traveled to birthday parties to perform his one-man puppet show. In college he studied acting at Goodman School of Drama and landed speaking roles in movies like Risky Business, Uncle Buck, Under the Biltmore Clock and The Roommate. He also starred in a pretty campy America's Most Wanted episode. He acted for many years.

But with his first child on the way, Wayne knew he had to get a real job, so he thought long and hard about his life-long desire to play, entertain and have fun. He began work on his biggest show yet… And in 1995 his first child and The Toy Shop were born!

Magic Beans
Cambridge, MA

Toys in MassachusettsMagic Beans was founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Eli and Sheri Gurock. The Gurocks conceived the idea while Sheri was pregnant with her second child. They envisioned a retail experience designed for kids and optimized for parents, a place that would balance the fresh and new with the tried and true.

The shop has a reputation for carrying everything you could need for the outdoor sports enthusiast and the staff is experienced, knowledgeable and willing to help you find what you need.

What will you find at Magic Beans? Good question. We sell a handpicked selection of toys for all ages, from a wide range of manufacturers. We believe that good toys come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Our customers represent a wide spectrum of parenting philosophies, and so do our products. We love that imagination doesn't run on batteries, but we also know that sometimes a couple of batteries can elevate a toy to a whole new level of fun. When we are evaluating toys, we look for things that inspire creative interactions - between kids and the toy, between kids and kids, between kids and adults. Or all of the above.

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