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TOYS FOR A BETTER WORLD

About the project

India is home to several toy clusters and thousands of artisans who produce indigenous toys which not only have cultural connect but also help in developing psychomotor and other life skills among children. So this year as a part of our SEWA Project the students of Class III explored the Indian traditional toys and games that encouraged them to appreciate indigenous products and take pride in the Indian culture. They not only researched about the traditional toys but also created and packaged them. All the toys made by the students were shared with the children of Tara Outreach Centre and Auxilium Snehalaya.

Driving Question

How was your grandparent’s childhood different from yours?

Process

The driving question made us ponder about the stories our grandparents shared about their childhood and their play. We concluded that toys made their childhood really interesting and they used to play with lots of hand-made and natural toys. We were thrilled to know our annual theme for the year was all about play: ‘Building Blocks for a new imagiNATION’- Why Play Matters? What better than toys to choose as our SEWA project!  We decided to explore the topic of play and started researching and even creating traditional toys of India and that too in our very own TOY FACTORY.

YES!! We had our own toy factory – a space where we created our own toys and created our world of a new imagination. We identified different board games including pachisi, chaupar, chaturanga , aadu puli aatam and discovered their history and origin.

Sessions with our PE Teachers helped us experience the traditional outdoor games like gilli danda, coconut shell walk, pithoo etc.

Having learnt about different traditional games we sat down in our groups and collaborated with our friends to create several games; we researched for and decided on the material that we could use for the games and then wrote the rules for the same.

We even collaborated with Nandha Central City School in Tamil Nadu for our project. Students of both the schools were connected through pictures and videos and had an interactive virtual session where they shared about the traditional toys famous in their respective part of the country.

Project Culmination

We invited our parents and our friends from the community including children from Tara Outreach Centre and Auxilium Snehalaya to be a part of the event. The students presented their project journey and shared about the toys that they have created with everyone.

Teacher Reflection

Once the children were excited about the project, I knew my work was half done. They were enthusiastically involved throughout the journey right from deciding the Toy Factory rules to preparing their own scripts for the culmination. They were empowered to make decisions and take complete ownership of their learnings. I was equally thrilled as we worked through the year on this project; we were not at ‘work’ but at ‘play’ which was evident by the enthusiasm, creativity, and ownership the children displayed and the gift of sharing their fruits of passion with other less fortunate children.