It’s child’s play

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.

My favorite K’NEX toys are probably the K’NEX classic K’NEXosaurus Rex, and the K ‘NEX Classics 30 Model Building Set.

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.

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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2 Responses to It’s child’s play

  1. Sarah says:

    We must really be kindred spirits because I wrote about K’Nex yesterday, too! Their commitment to American manufacturing, the local economy and the environment is commendable. I was able to tour the factory with the Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey documentary, and it was a great experience. Great to see safe, American made toys being manufactured right in my home state!

    • tapirking says:

      Sarah: Thanks for the comment. I have been touring factories in the Seattle area over the last two months and will be putting up videos of the tours on my blog within the next couple of weeks. It makes me feel great knowing that there are so many kindred spirits around our great nation advocating the purchase of goods made by members of our extended American family! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

      All the best,


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