Call me old-fashioned, but I think kids are better off playing with things than playing on screens.
And there is a great toy kids can play with that is made by members of our extended American family.
K’NEX makes most of the parts for its toys at the Rodon Group’s factory in Hatfield, PA. Rodon makes all sorts of plastic parts and makes a good case why it makes sense to make those parts here rather than in the Middle Kingdom. K’NEX recently decided to reshore $100 million in investment back to Pennsylvania.
K’NEX belongs to a great group called American Made Matters. American Made Matters promotes the purchase of American made goods. Many of the firms that I have featured on the blog in the past are members of American Made Matters.
While I wish I could hunker down with a bucket of K’NEX pieces and construct an aardvark, honey badger or preying mantis this morning, I am afraid I must go off to work instead. We adults must all go off to work. It is our lot in life and an activity that provides us with income to support our families. Thankfully, most of us don’t have to work on the weekend. So this Memorial Day weekend, buy some K’NEX toys for your children. Then turn off the screens and help them construct a K’NEX version of the family dog. It will be fun for you and your children and your K’NEX purchase will help provide honest labor for members of our extended American family. Sounds like a win-win to me.