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1.

Skittles

Jaques

These wooden pins resemble sailors. If you knock them all over at once, we recommend shouting “mutiny!” rather than “strike!” Your friends will talk about it for years to come.
jaqueslondon.co.uk

2.

Marble run

Cuboro

What would you rather do: play Candy Crush for hours on end or build an elaborate track through which to chase marbles? Thought so. Don’t let your children anywhere near it because they’ll mess it up.
cuboro.ch

3.

Shapemaker blocks

Miller Goodman

Colourful blocks that allow you to create your own designs. Resist the temptation to do anything too rude. Or maybe don’t?
millergoodman.com; conranshop.co.uk

4.

Playing cards

Conran Shop

A pack of premium playing cards inside a smart leather case. The sort of thing James Bond would carry around (only his would also feature a small, cleverly disguised firearm).
conranshop.co.uk

5.

Wooden cars

Candylab Toys

These dinky timber vehicles are based on US classics. Make them into a convoy and say things like, “10-4, good buddy!”
candylabtoys.com

6.

Building blocks

Areaware

Colourful and stackable cityscapes made from New Zealand pine. The example to the left may or may not be a rendering of Auckland.
areaware.com

7.

Backgammon board

Popham

This brass-framed board is adorned with Moroccan tiles but don’t use it as a kitchen floor.
pophamdesign.com

8.

Wooden bird

Kutulu

This Czech-designed toy rolls around on a spherical base. It looks good on a shelf, even when static.
kutulu.cz

9.

Motormood steamboat

Mad Lab

This old-school vessel was created by architect Borja García. Wait, is that Mickey Mouse at the wheel?
mad-lab.com; conranshop.co.uk

10.

Dominoes

Fredericks and Mae

A wooden set that features the phases of the moon; the aim of the game is to eclipse your opponent.
fredericksandmae.com

11.

Waldschattenspiel

Kraul

A candle casts shadows across a miniature forest in this German-made board game. (No, we’re not sure how you play it either but there are instructions so don’t worry.)
spielzeug-kraul.de

12.

Snake block

Areaware

Twist and turn this string of wooden blocks to create various animal shapes. And before you ask, the below are a snake, a dog and an elephant (which is obvious so don’t be facetious).
areaware.com

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