CircaToys is a family owned and operated business that designs and manufactures heirloom quality wooden toys that are handmade in Franklin, N.C. USA.

The company was founded in 2009 by Gary Murphy, whose inspiration for the first toy “Wagon of Blocks” came from the original toy itself. which he received on his birthday in 1942.

The original toy still exists, although beginning to show its age, having been played with by 3 generations. It is a simple toy made from basic wood shapes and threaded nuts and pegs that can be taken apart easily. It is a mechanical learning toy that opens the door for imagination building, hand eye coordination and is the perfect set of blocks. Approved for children 6 months and up, it is ageless and timeless.

The CircaToys “Wagon of Blocks” and “Racer” were the first in a series to be released. New in 2012 was the “Boat” and in 2011 was the “Train + Cart”. For 2012, Gary has made a Smartz Car, Doll Bed and Doll Cradle that fit the popular 18″ American Girl Dolls.

The Meijer Next Great Toymaker Contest chooses the best undiscovered American-made toys for your children. The 2012 winner in the ages 6 months and up category is our very own, Wagon of Blocks!


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