Toys aid cognitive, physical, social and emotional development in children and therefore form an indispensable part of growing up.
Since time immemorial, animal figures have been used as an inspiration for children’s toys. Toys such as Alessandro Mendini’s ‘Unicorno’, a wooden horse manufactured by Riva 1920, or Eero Aarnio’s ‘Pony’, ‘Dino’ and ‘Puppy’ are larger items of play furniture that trigger their little owners’ imagination, as well as expertly designed decorative objects.
‘Elihu the Elephant’, a playful wall clock designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Vitra, serves a didactical, as well as decorative, purpose. Martí Guixe’s ‘My Zoo’ for Magis, features a myriad of cardboard animals which can be assembled and decorated by the children themselves, while David Weeks designs a range of animals, including ‘Hanno the Wooden Gorilla’, ‘Lucy the Crocodile’ or ‘Simus the Wooden Rhinoceros’. Crafted from high quality wood, these toys can be adjusted into different poses.
Some toys, such as Wendelin Wagner’s ‘Rocking horse’ for Andreas Janson, or ‘Roo’, another rocking toy, designed for Riga Chair by Aldis Circenis, help develop a child’s physical understanding of motion and balance. Sylvia and Lukas Redwitz’s ‘Kleiner Onkel Push-powered vehicle’ and Alfredo Häberli’s ‘Pick-Up’ for OFFECCT are vehicle-shaped toys which also help fine-tune the child’s awareness to motion and their own strength.
Introducing children to spatial relations and construction, Werner Blaser’s ‘WB-10’, manufactured by LÖFFLER, consists of wooden blocks, which can be slotted and assembled into different configurations. And finally, Javier Mariscal’s ‘Mundoball’ for Magis is a large colourful globe, which can be used as both as a ball, and to instil basic geographic knowledge in children.