About Us

little miss workbench is a family-owned and -operated shop based in Bellport Village, New York. Our toys are all handcrafted in New York using sustainable American hardwoods and eco-friendly materials that are child-safe, natural and powered by imagination. The collection is designed by Michele Chiaramonte and made with a select team of artisans. 

Our Story

Prior to little miss workbench, Michele was a New York City public schoolteacher. Michele has always believed thoughtful play equals learning and it was always core to the classroom experience. Although her formal teaching career was put on hold when her daughter was born, a new form of teaching came about. For her first Mother’s Day (2012), her husband gave her what every new mommy dreams of having…a DeWalt portable table saw. The home-based woodworking projects quickly evolved into creating wooden toys for her daughter. When friends saw the wooden toys, they asked if she would make pieces for their children. Soon she was creating small batches of toys. In 2015, Michele took small idea and turned it into little miss workbench, inc. 

Our Philosophy 

play = learning

We create simple toys that allow children to be curious about the world around them and focus on what sparks imaginative learning. During my time as a New York City public schoolteacher, thoughtful play was always core to the classroom experience. Similarly, little miss workbench creates toys that allow children to continuously learn, grow and discover. 

Giving Back

We believe in giving back to the local and global community. We are a sponsor and workshop contributor to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport area and also support , a locally formed charity called that brings clean water to communities in Cambodia. (Please visit their sites for more information.) 

Contact Us

Please write us at michele@littlemissworkbench.com with questions or comments.