Life-Sized Building Toys:
Woodmobiel by OOTS!

With two young boys in my house, we've got more building toys than we can count. The one thing they all have in common, though, is scale: each toy allows my kids to build something on a much smaller scale. These products are great for fostering imagination and playing with design aesthetics, but it doesn't give kids experience with real world making. That's why we're intrigued with the latest product from OOTS!, a life-sized building toy that allows children to actually use what they build.

Woodmobiel, a new toy available this month from OOTS!, is a life-sized wooden building toy designed for kids. With pre-drilled pine posts, wheels, nuts and bolts and tools, kids can build any number of pre-designed models like the ones pictured above.

The exploration really begins, though, when kids decide to modify the designs. Combine several elements from different designs, or if you're ready, venture out on your own. With pre-drilled holes and nuts and bolts, the materials can be reconfigured into different models whenever.

Woodmobiel seems to fill a need for real world design exploration for kids. Do you want your kids to experience building something that's actually functional? Do you have a favorite life-sized design toy? Let us know in the comments.

Available August 2012 from OOTS! To find a retailer, visit their store locator.

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.