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March 4, 2014
Providing fresh, colorful alternatives to the plugged-in entertainment devices of today, these designs—including a couple of highlights from the Dwell Store—modernize classic pastimes and celebrate life's simple joys.

ReForm school's Amish Made Scooter comes in three sizes and two colors: black or red. With a picnic basket attached to the handlebars, the scooter is prepared for adventures that last all day. 

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wooden blocks

Designed by Zoe Miller and David Goodman for Miller Goodman, ShapeMaker Wooden Blocks are made of Thai rubberwood, and can be rearranged in thousands of fun ways.

Originally appeared in 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Mini Modernist
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a minimalist wood car for children

The steam-bent ash Max Push car by family-owned German Sirch company mixes minimalism with imagination. 

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ten faceted oak blocks in water-based paint

Brooklyn-based Fort Standard designed these Balancing Blocks for Areaware. Made of oak and lacquered in water-based paint, the Balancing Blocks are safe for children of any age and with their many facets, balancing them is a constant challenge. 

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a wooden owl figurine

This handmade, Italian owl figurine is made from recycled wood. People of all ages can agree: Lars Beller's decorative Re-Turned Owl Figurine is adorable. 

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wooden Eames house alphabet blocks

Eames House Blocks will give any child an early education in design.

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a minimalist wood police car figurine

Manny & Simon's Police Car Wooden Push Toy is sure to bring order to playtime.

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unpainted beech wood robot figure with elastic band ligaments

This Japanese-inspired wooden robot by David Weeks for Areaware is sure to endure beyond the latest, greatest technologies. The unpainted beech wood blocks of the Cubebot Toy Robot are bound by thick elastic bands. 

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wood free paper mobile

Spot color printed balls of woodfree paper dangle kaleidoscopically above children with the Themis Mobile. The mobile's geometric patterns designed by Clara von Zweigbergk modernize this classic. 

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plastic nesting blocks

The Dado Cube set from Fat Brain Toy Company includes ten plastic blocks which can interlock to create countless surreal structures. 

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ReForm School Amish scooter

ReForm school's Amish Made Scooter comes in three sizes and two colors: black or red. With a picnic basket attached to the handlebars, the scooter is prepared for adventures that last all day. 

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