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97 Examples of Tech-Free Toys

From DIY Paper Box Puppets to Wooden Coloring Books

— May 28, 2015 — Art & Design
While miniature robots and app-controlled playthings may be on the rise, there is still a growing demand from consumers for simple tech-free toys that allow children to embrace their imagination. Made from minimalist materials and featuring straightforwards designs, these timeless toys prove that children don't necessarily need the latest high-tech products.

For boys, there are a number of tech-free toys that are heavily focused on building. For example, there are home-inspired wooden building blocks, cardboard architecture kits and paper-based medieval toys, all of which offer boys the possibility of building their own creations from simple and uncomplicated materials.

For girls, these tech-free toys offer creative and artistic options that go beyond traditional plastic dolls. Some of the most innovative toys for girls are empowering coloring books, DIY paper doll crafts and miniature felt garden play sets. Despite their simplistic design and lack of smart technology, these tech-free toy options for girls are extraordinarily imaginative and highly educational.
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Art-Inspired Plushies
Art-Inspired Plushies
Budsies Makes Your Child's Artwork Come to Life
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96
Anti-Technology Challenges
Anti-Technology Challenges
May's Screen-Free Week Finds Alternatives to Digital Entertainment
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95
Personifying Animal Building Blocks
Personifying Animal Building Blocks
Olliblocks are Fun and Educational Toys for Children
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94
Plush Velociraptor Toys
Plush Velociraptor Toys
This Velociraptor Soft Toy is Scientifically Accurate
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93
Latina Dress-Up Dolls
Latina Dress-Up Dolls
Maria is An 18" Latina Doll Made By the Pattycake Doll Company
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92
Custom Plush Toys
Custom Plush Toys
These Customized Dolls are Made From your Little One's Artwork
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91
Adorable Building Block Plushies
Adorable Building Block Plushies
CUBEziez Creates Cubed Blocks That Resembles Wild Animals
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90
Mythical Unicorn Crayons
Mythical Unicorn Crayons
Children Can Harness Magical Properties with These Coloring Tools
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89
Animal Bowling Pins
Animal Bowling Pins
Haileymarley's Plush Bowling Pins Take Inspiration from Cute Land & Sea Life
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88
Paper Medieval Toys
Paper Medieval Toys
The Kingdom Kit by Hadar Kimchy is Made for Fantasy Fans
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87
Deceptive Wooden Phone Toys
Deceptive Wooden Phone Toys
This Personalized Phone Toy Encourages Play Time over Screen Time
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86
Empathy-Inducing Toys
Empathy-Inducing Toys
Twenty One Toys Mixes Empathy and Play to Show Educational Power in Toys
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85
Child-Designed Stuffed Toys
Child-Designed Stuffed Toys
The Pofuff Shop Turns Children's Drawings Into Real Stuffed Toys
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84
Collaborative Outdoorsy Dolls
Collaborative Outdoorsy Dolls
Girl Scout Barbie Offers New Volunteer Experience for the Mattel Toy
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83
Modernist Rocking Horse Designs
Modernist Rocking Horse Designs
Vondom's Rosinante Concept is a Fresh Take on a Childhood Classic
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82
Personalized Princess Coloring Books
Personalized Princess Coloring Books
Chronicle Books Allows Parents to Customize Using Kids' Names
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81
Adorable Easter Puppets
Adorable Easter Puppets
These DIY Hand Puppets Pay Homage to the Easter Bunny
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80
Quirky Plush Tattoo Toys
Quirky Plush Tattoo Toys
Tattly Now Has a Line of Four Washable Plush Tattoo Toys for Kids
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79
Safety-Conscious Building Blocks
Safety-Conscious Building Blocks
The Ouchless Baby Blocks are Designed to Prevent Infant Injuries
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78
Posting Plushie Mobiles
Posting Plushie Mobiles
The Baby Social Media Toys Take Selfies and Upload Them to Social Accounts
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77
Mythical Plush Toys
Mythical Plush Toys
The Unicorn and Zebra Hybrid Toys are Perfect for Young Boys and Girls
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76
Cinematic Turtle Teddies
Cinematic Turtle Teddies
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Now Available as Build-a-Bears
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75
Webcomic Plush Toys
Webcomic Plush Toys
The Awkward Yeti's Heart and Brain is Brought to Life Thanks to Nick Seluk
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74
Dress-Up Wooden Dolls
Dress-Up Wooden Dolls
Rock & Pebbles Toys Are Simple and Easy to Customize
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73
Customizable Plush Toys
Customizable Plush Toys
The Mixed Animals by Huzi is Made Up of Interchangeable Parts
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72
Galactic Spaceship Plushies
Galactic Spaceship Plushies
These Star Wars Stuffed Toys are Perfect for Younger Fans of the Film
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71
Animated Cult Cartoon Toys
Animated Cult Cartoon Toys
This Awesome Adventure Time BMO Toy is Lively
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70
Detachable Plush Unicorn Bouquets
Detachable Plush Unicorn Bouquets
Keep Your Romance Magical with a Plush Unicorn Bouquet
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69
Educational Coloring Books
Educational Coloring Books
Aaron Meshon's Activities Teach Kids About Planes, Cars and Robots
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68
Fast Food Feline Toys
Fast Food Feline Toys
These Limited Edition Hello Kitty Plushies are Sold at McDonald's Singapore
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67
Adventurous Nesting Dolls
Adventurous Nesting Dolls
These Adventure Time Toys are Re-Imagined Matryoshka Wooden Dools
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66
Typographic Spinning Toys
Typographic Spinning Toys
Sugar For All Created These Toy Dreidels Adorned with Type
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65
Stacking Wooden Toys
Stacking Wooden Toys
The Wandering Workshop Challenges Toddlers in a Stylish Nautical Way
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64
Bathtub Artist Kits
Bathtub Artist Kits
ALEX Toy's Paint in the Tub Playset Makes for an Easy Clean Up
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63
Organic Baby Toys
Organic Baby Toys
This Tool Play Set is Fun and Safe for Your Young Ones
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62
Tree Bark Teddies
Tree Bark Teddies
The Giving Bear is a Sustainable Stuffed Animal That Sweetly Invites a Squeeze
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61
Army Men Toy Erasers
Army Men Toy Erasers
War on Error by Just Mustard Removes Major Mistakes
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60
Stenciled Building Block Furniture
Stenciled Building Block Furniture
Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho's ROOM Collection is Playful
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59
Felt Garden Playsets
Felt Garden Playsets
This Adorable Garden Toy for Kids Teaches How to Grow Plants
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58
Modular Paper Island Playsets
Modular Paper Island Playsets
Mr. Printables/Crowded Teeth's DIY Paper Toy is an Easy Craft
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57
Wooden Disney Princess Toys
Wooden Disney Princess Toys
Etry's Frozen Peg Dolls Celebrate the Animated Film
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56
Customized Coloring Books
Customized Coloring Books
Instructables User PenfoldPlant Teaches People How to Make Their Own
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55
Plush Wellness Toys
Plush Wellness Toys
The Doodle Toy Monitor's a Child's Health and Wellness Through Play
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54
Sustainable Luxury Toys
Sustainable Luxury Toys
These Upcycled Fabric Dolls are Charming and Artfully Crafted
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53
Wooden Coloring Books
Wooden Coloring Books
A Little Book Lacking Color by Dylan Arceneaux is a Stylish Kids Activity
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Organ-Shaped Stuffed Toys
Organ-Shaped Stuffed Toys
These Heart Stuffed Toys are Shaped Anatomically Correct
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51
Compassion-Teaching Playthings
Compassion-Teaching Playthings
The Empathy Toy Instills an Important Emotion in Children
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50
Paper Sci-Fi Playthings
Paper Sci-Fi Playthings
Paper Toy Company Momot Has Created a Star Wars Toy Series
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49
Colorful Stackable Wooden Toys
Colorful Stackable Wooden Toys
Minitremu by Monotremu Channels the Artwork of Constantin Brancusi
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48
DIY Paper Doll Crafts
DIY Paper Doll Crafts
Mr Printables Features Paper-Made Cone Girl Designs
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47
Ethical Artisanal Plushies
Ethical Artisanal Plushies
These Handmade Plush Toys From Dsenyo Help Empower Female Artisans
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46
Modern Vintage Toy Cars
Modern Vintage Toy Cars
Candylab Toys Revives a Glam American 60s Vibe for Children
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45
Superhero Paper Dolls
Superhero Paper Dolls
These X-Men Papercraft Dolls are Cute Collector's Items for Serious Fans
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DIY Tossable Toys
DIY Tossable Toys
This DIY Wooden Frisbee Adds a Little Charm to This Outdoor Activity
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Cartoonish Timber Toys
Cartoonish Timber Toys
The Wooden Bots by Loulou and Tummie are Imaginatively Whimsical
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Whimsical Imagination Stations
Whimsical Imagination Stations
The Bibliotheque Furnishes Youngsters with Books and Blank Slates
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41
Giant Round Stuffed Animals
Giant Round Stuffed Animals
Squishable is a New York Start-Up that Capitalized on Social Media
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40
Catapulting Pencil Toys
Catapulting Pencil Toys
These Cleverly Fun Pencils Also Shoot Rubber Bands
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39
Cute Crocheted Cartoon Characters
Cute Crocheted Cartoon Characters
These Adorable Crocheted Dolls Feature Your Favourite Characters
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38
Foosball Pencil Toys
Foosball Pencil Toys
The Foosball Pencil Eraser Design by Suck UK is Fun and Functional
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37
Crying Cartoon Clown Figurines
Crying Cartoon Clown Figurines
These KAWS 'Passing Through' Sad Clown Toys are Morbidly Tearful
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36
Artful Wooden Block Toys
Artful Wooden Block Toys
These Printed Cube Blocks from Etsy's Cabin and Moss Shop are VIbrant
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35
Plush Fantasy Novels
Plush Fantasy Novels
The Quiet Book and the Ring is a Soft and Interactive Literary Toy
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34
Educational Plush Toys
Educational Plush Toys
Prismland Encourages Children to Learn About 3D Shapes and Geometry
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Tentacled Super Heroes
Tentacled Super Heroes
These Aquatic Avengers Toys Spray Ink to Save the Day
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Wooden Robot Toys
Wooden Robot Toys
Loulou & Tummie Bridges the Gap Between Modern and Vintage Figurines
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31
Sustainable Toy Collections
Sustainable Toy Collections
Buchi's Wooden Toy Line Features Trains, Blocks and Furnishings
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30
Iconic Wooden Models
Iconic Wooden Models
These Riva Yacht Toy Boats are a Tribute to Five Classic Vehicles
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Interlocking Eco Toys
Interlocking Eco Toys
Tobo Toys' Eco-Friendly Toys for Kids Join with Other Track Playsets
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Mix-and-Match Wooden Toys
Mix-and-Match Wooden Toys
Designer Todd Borka Lets Children Create Different Characters
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27
Pop-Up Paper Toys
Pop-Up Paper Toys
These Fun Foldable Paper Toys Can Be Customized with Color
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Catapulting Wooden Toys
Catapulting Wooden Toys
The Trebuchette by E&M Labs Turns the Office into a Warzone
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Minimalist Toy Toters
Minimalist Toy Toters
The Koloro Wagon Makes it Easy to Get Kids to Clean Up After Play
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Adorably Morbid Cartoon Plushies
Adorably Morbid Cartoon Plushies
The Dumb Ways to Die Characters Come to Life as Plush Toys
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Artisanal Stuffed Animals
Artisanal Stuffed Animals
These Aquatic Toys are Handcrafted and Distinctive
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Adorable Amigurumi Animals
Adorable Amigurumi Animals
Etsy Shop LittleBittyKnitter Creates Cute Crocheted Craft Toys
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21
Paper Ice Cream Playsets
Paper Ice Cream Playsets
Mr. Printables' No-Mess Paper Popsicle & Ice Cream Toys Won't Melt
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Crafty Wooden Spoon Insects
Crafty Wooden Spoon Insects
Turn Ordinary Timber Utensils into Bug-Shaped Toys with This Tutorial
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DIY Yoyo Kits
DIY Yoyo Kits
The Modernized Sling-Slang Yoyo is a Fun Homemade Project
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Empowering Coloring Books
Empowering Coloring Books
The Super Strong Princess Coloring Book Breaks Down Gender Norms
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Cardboard Zoo Playsets
Cardboard Zoo Playsets
The Mini Jungle Cardboard Toy Set Provides an Instant Zoo
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Surreal Miniature Toys
Surreal Miniature Toys
These Miniature People Toys are an Amusingly Surreal Set
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Eco-Friendly Wooden Toys
Eco-Friendly Wooden Toys
Friendly Toys Creates Organic Options that Educate and Evoke Emotions
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Home-Inspired Building Blocks
Home-Inspired Building Blocks
Houses by Antonio Serrano Bulnes are 'Where Our Souls are Kept'
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DIY Mini Tree Houses
DIY Mini Tree Houses
This Creative DIY Project Demonstrates How to Make a Toy Tree House
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12
DIY Pom-Pom Village Playsets
DIY Pom-Pom Village Playsets
These DIY Pom Pom Toys Are Cute and Easy to Make
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Handcrafted Modern Slingshots
Handcrafted Modern Slingshots
This Wooden Slingshot Brings High Class Style to the Old School Toy
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10
Children-Interacting Art Installations
Children-Interacting Art Installations
The Color Me Exhibition Targets Kids' Boundless Creativity
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Minimalist Handcrafted Toys
Minimalist Handcrafted Toys
The Collectible WOO Toys Represent Different Elements in Nature
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8
Felt Food Toys
Felt Food Toys
CreationByM Crafts a Diverse Range of Plush and Educational Dishes
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7
Lo-Tech Music Toys
Lo-Tech Music Toys
The Naef Gloggomobil Music Toy is Inspired by the Classic Barrel Organ
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6
DIY Mechanical Playthings
DIY Mechanical Playthings
The Strawbees Toy Kit Targets Aspiring Architects and Engineers
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Modular Creature Toys
Modular Creature Toys
The Creative Wooden Creature Wooden Toy Kit Makes Real & Imagined Animals
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4
DIY Paper Box Puppets
DIY Paper Box Puppets
Turn an Ordinary Pasta Box into a Fun Children's Toy with This Tutorial
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3
DIY Christmas Tree Dollhouses
DIY Christmas Tree Dollhouses
Mr. Printables' DIY Christmas Toy Dollhouse is Made from Cardboard
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2
Chromatic Rocker Toys
Chromatic Rocker Toys
The DIY Rainbow Rocker is a Great Way to Get Little Tots Active
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DIY Arctic Cardboard Playsets
DIY Arctic Cardboard Playsets
Mr. Printables' Templates Make Cute Recycled Cardboard Toys
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