10 Modern Low-Tech Toys

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March 4, 2014
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  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. 

    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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  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.    This originally appeared in 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Mini Modernist .

    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.

    This originally appeared in 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Mini Modernist .
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  The steam-bent ash Max Push car by family-owned German Sirch company mixes minimalism with imagination. 

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

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  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. 

    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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  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. 

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

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

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

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

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  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. 

    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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  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. 

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

    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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