Over a year ago, we created Eli & Mattie, a toy collection that is deeply inspired by where we live. Instead of over-complicated, mass-produced toys that barely make it past Christmas, we wanted something different, something that reminded us of the toys of yesteryear when things were built to last.
That’s when we turned to our Amish neighbors. They’ve been crafting various goods by hand for generations and their skilled craftsmanship is what makes these toys so great. Each Eli & Mattie toy is made by hand – one at a time – by an Amish craftsman, using materials that are durable for your little ones (no plastic!). The quality is stunning, but more importantly, these toys are made to spark your child’s imagination.
Here’s a quick look at what’s new for Eli & Mattie this season, all made here in Ohio. (And you’ll only find these toys at Lehman’s!)
1. Dollhouse with Furniture
This beautifully-made dollhouse arrives fully assembled, so you won’t be spending your Christmas Eve frantically putting it together. Plus, it comes with adorably-sized wooden furniture – a bed, couch, dresser, sink and stove!
2. Carry Train
All the pieces of the train are made to fit into a carry board so cleanup and storage is easy and neat (goodbye, clutter). Plus, it’s travel friendly too.
3. Toy Ironing Board
Just plain cute! This child-size ironing board comes with a toy iron, so children can pretend to be like Mom and Dad.
4. Collapsible Doll Cradle
Children will love tucking their beloved dolls into this toy cradle. And you’ll love its clever, space-saving design!
5. Pull Wagon with Blocks
Watch little ones fill up the wagon with the included blocks and then pull it along as they move about.
6. Doll Dresser
This dresser is beautifully made with working drawers, so you can store doll clothes in one neat place.
7. Doll Wardrobe
Another adorable option to store doll clothes – this wardrobe has a hanging rod inside!
8. Train with Oval Track
You won’t lose part of the track with this smart design. Instead of a bunch of pieces you need to connect, the track is one hinged piece, so it folds in half when you’re done.
9. Noah’s Ark
Elephants, camels and lions? This toy ark is packed with fun! Movable wheels allow youngsters to pull the ark along.
10. Animal Train
Connect the little wooden train together with the various animals for endless fun.
Click here to see the full line of Eli & Mattie toys – everything is locally made by Amish woodworkers!