Hot Wheels doesn't sell tiny die-cast horse and buggies to kids these days, so why would anyone assume that children would want to build ancient castles with building blocks? Areaware's Blockitecture set—designed by James Paulius—instead features a collection of irregularly-shaped wooden blocks that can be stacked and balanced to create a towering modern high-rise.

Not only can this $25 set inspire the architects of tomorrow, it also teaches some fundamental lessons about the harsh realities of physics—namely gravity—because if kids don't engineer a structure properly, it will come crashing down before they finish the penthouse. Now admittedly, that's the fate of almost every wooden block structure kids build, but they want the demolition to happen when they want it to. [Areaware via MoMA Store]


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