Foster Creativity with These Modern, Architecturally-Inspired Building Toys
Toys that foster creativity and inspire learning as well as a good sense of design, get extra credit for being eco-friendly. The following building sets meet all those criteria, and are aesthetically pleasing to boot. But most importantly—they will keeping the little ones entertained for hours.
Bokah Blocks is an innovative hardwood construction toy with an inventive, patented feature: The Bendy Joints. The blocks can be connected with "bendys" to form flexible joints—making the block-constructions rotatable, portable, and wearable. Their natural wood grain finish, clear cut lines, and simple color palette make them sleek and stylish in addition to being a creative educational toy. The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to produce a smaller, more affordable toy package, the Explorer set.
Tsumiki Stacking Blocks from Japanese architectural firm Kengo Kuma and Associates in collaboration with composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's forestry conservation organization, More Trees offer endless creative building possibilities for both little and big people. Crafted from sustainably sourced Hinoki (Japanese Cedar) they smell delicious too.
Inspired by LEGO®, and carved out of wood, the Japanese company Mokulock offers a natural and eco-friendly alternative to the iconic plastic building toy. Each set contains bricks carved from six types of Japanese trees: cherry, birch, maple, bigleaf magnolia, hornbeam and zelkova.
Well-known for their classic wooden building toys, Haba puts an architectural spin on their building blocks with their architectural series. The beechwood blocks are available in different sets which allow kids to build versions of the Roman Colosseum, a Russian cathedral and even Egyptian pyramids.