At zooModern, we design for imaginative open-ended play, with simple well-crafted toys using natural materials to give children a sense of well-being when discovering their world of animals.

zooModern in 100 Words

Once upon a time, there was a young man who designed toys. He made smart toys for Sesame Street. He found that a well-designed toy can hold a child’s imagination for a longer time. He then worked for Toys R Us, teaching kids through play, until that chapter closed. He returned home to tell his family. “We should start a company to sell amazing wooden toys at fair-minded prices,” his wife said. “You should make smart toys that help children learn,” his son said. “We should help protect animals with every toy sold,” his daughter said. Kazaam! zooModern was born.

About Glen Hay

Born in the farmlands of Ohio, at the age of 18 I published my first comic strip in the local newspaper titled Edna, named after both my Grandmothers, about the antics of an elderly lady. I faltered as a photographer at Ohio University and after only my second year and dropped out. A year later I read an advertisement in the back of a comic book and was accepted to attend the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning. I loved it but again had to drop out after my second year for lack of funds to return. I took on many odd jobs to get by like sign painting and t-shirt printing but soon after, found a freelance job as an illustrator in the children’s apparel industry. My work caught the attention of the Jim Henson Company, where I learned independent design and old-school craftsmanship. I moved forward to work with the Sesame Street crew handling their overseas cast of characters and learning the culture of the European markets. More recently I worked at Toys R Us, helping contribute to designing their “Most Profitable Toy for the Year”, against the likes of Lego, Hasbro, or Mattel.

Plot twist!

In the spring of 2018, as Toys R Us were closing their doors, we launched our own brand called zooModern, a line of wooden peg animals and wooden toys. We believe that buying animals should be easy and fun—plus leave you happy with money left in your pocket.

zooModern is committed to designing and manufacturing that use natural and renewable materials. We are a family trying to help other families, so we partner with a Nonprofit Organization that allows artisan women to earn a reliable, fair living wage while producing in the USA as well as other smaller-sized countries like Thailand, Peru, and Nepal. Our family business is growing with wonderful new products each year.  Thank you to all of the people we have had the opportunity to connect with. We look forward to continuing to grow in the natural toy world along with you.  Thank you for shopping at zoomodern.

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