Kids can enjoy these toys this holiday season
Give your holiday gifts a local flair with toys that have Michigan ties, making them extra special for all the little ones in your life who are anticipating the holiday season. These selections made in the Great Lakes State may surprise and delight any kid on your list.
Fling A Ring
A cross between frisbee and horseshoes, Fling-A-Ring provides fun for the whole family. The outdoor play set includes four discs and two goal posts that are easy to set up and just as easy to store with the reusable carrying case. Regularly priced at $39.95, this game can be played at home or on the road. Go to madeinmichigan.com.
All Around Mackinac Island Family Game
For many visitors, Mackinac Island attractions include delicious fudge and scenic spots like Arch Rock and the Grand Hotel. You can find these highlights and more in the All Around Mackinac Island family game where players roam the island trying to acquire the most fun tokens. Priced at $9.95. Go to madeinmichigan.com.
Puzzle by Riverstone Gallery
Riverstone Gallery’s high quality puzzles can entertain multiple children. Choose from Michigan photography by Gregory Steele and Allyson Schwartz or custom images. Starting at $18 each, these puzzles feature a high-gloss compressed board with 252 pieces. Container options include a vintage box or a gift box with the puzzle image. Go to madeinmichigan.com.
MadeByShellmo Fleece Hand Puppets
Little ones can have some old-fashioned fun with these soft fleece hand puppets that sell for $16.99 each. The charming varieties of farm animals and wild animals from MadeByShellmo in Grand Rapids are made from extra soft fleece. Colors may vary slightly from images shown online. Hand puppets are available at the Hopscotch Children’s Store in Grand Rapids and online. Go to hopscotchstore.com.
MadeByShellmo Cloth Dolls
These adorable cloth dolls are from MadeByShellmo in Grand Rapids, where Hopscotch Children’s Store offers a rotating selection including various clothing styles, hair colors and skin tones. Stuffed with hypoallergenic Poly-fil, the facial features are hand-stitched with love. The lovely dolls priced at $34.99 each are also sold online. Go to hopscotchstore.com.
Uncle Goose Blocks
Handcrafted in Grand Rapids, Uncle Goose blocks feature educational themes for kids, such as Women Who Dared, Moon Phases and Constellations, and Planet Blocks. Hopscotch Children’s Store in Grand Rapids carries a variety of these sets that can be purchased in person or online. Prices vary. Go to hopscotchstore.com.
Rabbit in organic cotton
Made in Michigan, this hand-stitched bunny is made from 100% organic cotton sherpa. This ultra-soft friend can be the perfect cuddle buddy for your little ones or sit beside them for extra comfort. Sold at Palumba in Plymouth and online, the bunny sells for $29.99. Go to palumba.com.
The Kinder Lyre will captivate children with harmonious pentatonic tones. The sculpted shape is easy to hold and features five strings: B, A, D, E and G. You can rock and strum it with one hand or pluck individual strings with both hands. The soft, open tone stimulates listening and creating free music in young children. It can be given to children from 5 or 6 years old as their first stringed instrument. It retails for $64.99 and includes a tuning key, storage pouch, and partial replacement string set. Go to palumba.com.
Brighten up your child’s bedroom or playroom with these huggable nesting dolls made from premium wool and cotton and stuffed with pure wool fleece. Kids can snap them together or take them apart. Priced at $28.99 each, the dolls are being sold at Palumba in Plymouth and online. Go to palumba.com.
Michigan Black Bear and Unicorn
If you’re looking for special handmade gifts from local artists for the little ones in your life, you can find crochet animals and other selections from E. Maple Handmade at the Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley. The black bear sells for $28 and the oversized unicorn sells for $70. Go to yellowdoorartmarket.com.
ice cream cart
With this ice cream cart from American Plastic Toys, your kids can create sundaes and cones like the pros. The colorful rolling cart features a freezer compartment, credit card and scanner, coins, four cones, two bowls, four spoons, six scoops of ice cream and two ice cream utensils. Easy set up and take down make this toy even cuter. Sells for $64.99. Go to target.com.
Kids can practice their swing and develop their hand-eye coordination with the American Plastic Toys T-Ball set. It’s a great toy for kids to play alone or with a friend and you can adjust the sturdy base to fit their size as they grow. Each purchase includes one bat and two plastic balls. These toys are made in Michigan and Mississippi. Sells for $21.99. Go to target.com.
At $8 each, Dino Dreamsicle and Unicorn Kisses natural soaps make great stocking stuffers. These products from Raw Oats in Buchanan are hand poured, all natural and contain no synthetic fragrances. Made with shea butter and coconut oil and lightly scented with essential oils, they are available from Copper CornerStore at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. Go to rustbeltmarket.com. or coppercornerstore.com.
Animal Tracks Matching Card Game
Designed and manufactured in Hastings by Jr. RangerLand, this Animal Tracks Assorted Card Game celebrates the outdoors. Copper CornerStore carries a variety of these educational card games ranging from $12 to $15 that focus on nature for ages 4 and up. Copper CornerStore will be at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale this holiday season. Visit rustbeltmarket.com or coppercornerstore.com.