The Missing Link: Play from Scratch Building Toys

Turn household objects into spaceships, robots, and more

You want your children to play games that stoke their creativity. But when it comes to thinking of new ideas, you sometimes lack imagination (blame your parents).

Fortunately, Play from Scratch founder and father of two Jeff Freeland Nelson has done the heavy lifting for you with his latest invention, YOXO.

Made with recycled wood fiber and soy-based inks, the Y, O, and X shapes connect in infinite ways and attach to stuff around the house, encouraging open play with a wide range of materials. It’s no secret kids prefer the box to the toy inside — the links take that love to the next level, inviting ubiquitous faves like paper towel rolls and whisks into the mix.

The original kit is primed to morph into a robot, complete with sticker eyes, but can just as easily be a flying car or fierce liger. Add to the fun with the World Famous Box of Boxes (with kid-tested punch-outs) or the Enormous Tube Tubes (includes colorful masking tape). The sets nest for easy storage and stack up to create forts, towers, or whole universes.

You can’t even imagine.

Available at playfromscratch.com $13-$60.


Photos: Courtesy of YOXO