Carrie McBride
Feb 15, 2008

We love that wooden toys are suddenly "modern." We especially love when they're handcrafted by people who care about their products and enjoy what they do. Craft-E-Family is an Indiana family business started by Lloyd and Joyce Ebert in 1980 to keep busy during their "retirement". It's now run by their daughter and son-in-law with help from other family members including their niece who polishes the blocks and their daughter, LeeLoo, the official block tester.

Craft-E-Family makes all kinds of wooden blocks and blocks sets. You can purchase maple alphabet blocks as a set ($17-$19.50) or order just the letters you want for $3 each. You can also order a customized block (as seen at top) to mark special occasions - a baby's birth, christening, adoption, etc. (starting at $15.50).

Another custom option (and a great gift) are their names on a string which can be easily disassembled if you'd like to paint the wood spacers between each letter ($29 + $1.50/letter).

Play blocks come in sets of 9 with 2 pictures and 2 corresponding words per block. Above is the dinosaur set ($16). Also available are bugs & reptiles, transportation, barn animals, and wild animals.

Personalized bug boxes ($19.75) let each little bug hunter have their very own "cage".

Craft-E-Family also sells wooden perpetual calendars and wood photo boxes.

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