If you have children or know a child or have ever known someone who’s had a child – you probably know that K’NEX makes some of the very best toys for children of all ages. Not only are they well built - but they are just plain extraordinary items. Especially, for those children that are mechanically inclined and have an active imagination. In fact, seemingly as many adults are enamoured with these toys as the children who own them. Perhaps, its the versatility of the toy to offer challenges that reflect the mental capacity of the owner – children will build small cars or houses, while adults replicate modern engineering marvels. If you browse the web, you’ll find virtually every major mechanical invention since the industrial revolution replicated with K’NEX toys.
Amazingly – and something I wasn’t aware of – K’NEX is based in Hatfield, Pa – where they manufacture the plastic, injection-molded toys that grace the isles of toy stores all across the country. At one point, I live within a few miles of the facility and wasn’t aware that such an operation existed near by.
The company also operates the distribution of the original Lincoln Logs – licensed through Hasboro. These items and some of the other K’NEX lines are imported – so, you may want to read the labels before you purchase. But…I did check at the local Toy’s-R-Us store – and indeed, you will see the Made in the USA stamp on their better products.
K’NEX proclaims on its website that it believes in being environmentally and socially responsible, while providing a safe and meaningful work environment for its employees. Be sure to look out for products from this ”Made in Pennsylvania” toy company and certainly consider them for your children this Christmas.