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.
Prior to little miss workbench, I was a New York City public schoolteacher. I have always believed thoughtful play equals learning and it was always core to the classroom experience. Although my formal teaching career was put on hold when my daughter was born, a new form of teaching came about. For my first Mother’s Day (2012), my husband gave me what every new mommy dreams of having…a DeWalt portable table saw. The home-based woodworking projects I enjoyed building quickly evolved into creating wooden toys for my daughter. When friends saw the wooden toys, they asked if I would make pieces for their children and their friends. Soon I was creating small batches of toys and in 2015, I took my small idea and turned it into little miss workbench, inc.
play = learning
Our goal is to 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 strives to create toys that allow children to continuously learn, grow and discover.
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 Four Girls For Families that brings clean water to communities in Cambodia. (Please visit their sites for more information.)
Please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.