Vintage Swiss Pull Toys by Antonio Vitali

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Good edu­ca­tional toys stim­u­late the child towards cre­ative play. In play, the child immerses itself in a dream-world cre­ated by its own fan­tasy. In play, the child makes its expe­ri­ences and stim­u­lates it thoughts, desires, delights, and dis­likes. There are two types of think­ing: the cre­ative imag­i­nary and the observ­ing log­i­cal. Both are stim­u­lated in child’s play. Good toys have to con­tain the pos­si­bil­ity for the child to develop emo­tion­ally and intel­lec­tu­ally. ~Anto­nio Vitali

Quin­tes­sen­tia has a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of vin­tage toys by Swiss toy designer Anto­nio Vitali. His carved wooden toys often only sug­gested shapes and left the exact defin­ing up to the chil­dren. Achiev­ing inter­na­tional fame after part­ner­ing with Cre­ative Play­things in 1954, adults often found his toys not real­is­tic enough while chil­dren were fas­ci­nated by them–his abstract fig­ures chal­lenged children’s imagination.