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October 5, 2012

Sometimes, thinking outside the box with children's toys means forgoing the flashing lights and going back to basics with simple design and honest materials. We've curated a collection of our top 13 favorite products for making playtime more fun for your modernist-in-training.

Mr. Morris Fox Doll by Esthex
A childhood drawing of a beloved doll found in a family attic inspired Dutch designer Esther Schuivens to embark on her now-famous Esthex brand of lovable, nubby dolls. The winsome Mr. Fox from the line, and he's all sweet, no sly.
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Hape Toys play kitchen
High design and eco-conscious thinking is the hallmark of any good contemporary kitchen, so why are kitchen playsets so stuck in the past? It has everything your little chef needs to start cooking in style.
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Ben Fritz woodmobiel building kit
Move over, Lincoln Logs. This creativity-building toy, fashioned of FSC-certified wood pieces, arrives with real tools, including nuts, bolts and a pint-size wrench.
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Rectangle Wooden Beginner's Guitar by Loog Guitars
With its three nylon strings, this rectangular guitar is easy for anyone to play. Pint-sized performers will start exploring the instrument, and will quickly learn where to place fingers to create music.
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A whimsical owl illustration, 100-percent-organic-cotton construction, and small-person proportions make this bean bag chair a perfect addition to a young child’s room.
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Modern Playhouse puzzle playhouse
A perfect prefab starter home for the young modernist! Clean lines combined with durable USA-sourced apple-ply and a tools-free, fuss-free assembly makes for hours of easy play (and even easier transport and storage!).
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Arctecnica polyhedra mobile
With a dazzling array of kaleidoscopic color, this modern mobile by Stockholm designer Clara von Zweigbergk is a playful look at geometry.
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Feli Family colorful chair
These ingenious kids' chairs assemble like a 3-D puzzle, and can be taken apart easily for flat storage. Plus they come with a one-of-a-kind rag doll.
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Areaware rhino by David Weeks
In the wild, the rhinoceros is not to be trifled with; this durable wooden version is a fitting representation of the powerful beast. Crafted from wood and ingeniously bound by hidden elastic bands, Simus is tough enough to withstand even the most boisterous play date.
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Modern Playhouse puzzle furniture
This is the perfect pint-sized furniture set for small spaces. You and your little ones can enjoy a snack, work on a project or just have a chat. Each piece in this little set folds down to store easily.
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Edward bean bag by Ferm Living
A whimsical elephant illustration and perfect small-person proportions make this bean bag chair a perfect addition to a young child’s room.
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Bespoke Silhouette Baby Rattle by Cameo by RUX
Rattling the status quo, Cameo by RUX makes custom baby rattles that are hand-carved with the facial profiles of a newborn's parents and then engraved with the newborn's name. The product arrives at your home as a solid block of maple wood, but once you send in profile photographs, rattles are crafted at RUX's NYC studio in three to five weeks.
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Mr. Morris Fox Doll by Esthex
A childhood drawing of a beloved doll found in a family attic inspired Dutch designer Esther Schuivens to embark on her now-famous Esthex brand of lovable, nubby dolls. The winsome Mr. Fox from the line, and he's all sweet, no sly.

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