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 I 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, I 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 enough, I 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!

As Toys R Us closed its doors, we launched our own brand called zooModern, a line of wooden peg animals and toys. We believe that buying a toy animal should be easy and fun – and leave you with some money still in your pockets.

ZooModern is committed to designing and manufacturing products made from natural and renewable materials. To help other families, we work with a non-profit organization that pays artisan women a reliable, fair living wage while producing in the USA as well as other smaller-sized countries such as Thailand, Peru, and Nepal. Our family business is growing with wonderful new products every year.  Our team is grateful to all the people we have been able to connect with. We are looking forward to continuing to grow in the natural toy world with you.  Thank you for shopping with us at zoomodern.

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