From Air-Purifying Hula Hoops to Transformative Wooden Robots

By: Jana Pijak - Jun 9, 2016
These multifunctional toys range from transformative wooden robots to dollhouses that double as practical children's chairs. The Dollhouse Chair by Torafu Architects is a standout that is designed to grow with children. The collapsible dollhouse provides hours of fun and transforms into a tidy seat in mere seconds after playtime.

Other notables include modular forts that encourage creativity among kids who can customize the size and shape of their play space. When it comes to traditional toys like building blocks or action figures, a focus on transformation and reconfiguration is also present.

While examples like the Bearbrick x Transformers action figure blend opposing elements to create a modular toy, connected building blocks teach children about construction and engineering and can be made interactive when connected to a tablet or other mobile device. Similarly, multifunctional toys like Povi -- an emotional intelligence robot -- teach children to be aware of their feelings and the feelings of others at a young age, while doubling as an adorable stuffed animal that they will instantly respond positively to.