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Simple Fun Indian Toys you can make at home or on a holiday- Thursday, January 31, 2013

Simple Fun Indian Toys you can make at home or on a holiday using materials available around us!

The best thing a child can do with a toy is break it. The next best thing they can do is make it! Here are few toys that children can make and break freely! One of the unique features of these toys is that we can introduce scientific methods of working in process of making and playing with these toys. The children will be introduced with the basic ideas of experimentation and creativity in an effective manner.

Leaf Flute

  • You Need: A Peepal Leaf
  • How to make it
    • Snip off the tip of the lead
    • Roll the leaf into a pipe
    • Press the narrow end of the pipe gently
    • Place the narrow end of the pipe in between your lips and blow
    • Note: if the end id not flattened there will be no sound
  • You can Try: Making short flute, long flute of paper flute the process is the same

Leaf Cracker

  • You need: A leaf
  • How to make it
    • Place a leaf on your loosely clenched fist
    • Hit the leaf with force with your other hand
    • You hear sound of busting balloon

Banana Leaf Clapper

  • You need: Banana Leaf stem
  • How to make it
    • Cut the flaps on two sides of the stem
    • Hold the stem and shake the toy so that the flaps hit stem alternatively and makes sound

Matchbox Drum

  • You need: Empty matchbox, a bamboo stick, a piece of string, a small stone
  • How to make it
    • Make a hole on each of the two ends  of inner box of matchbox
    • Fix the stick vertically through the hole
    • Tie one end of the string around outer box of the match box. Make few loops to hold the tread strongly
    • Tie stone on the other end of the string. Adjust the string length so that the stone strikes the broad surface of matchbox
    • Insert the inner box of the match box
    • Hold the matchbox in your hand and shake to produce rhythmic sound

YoYo

  • You need:  2 circular pieces of thick cardboard 15cms in diameter, a pencil stub, a piece of thread 50cms long
  • How to make it
    • Make a hole in the centre of each disc
    • Fix pencil as an axle
    • The distance between the discs should be about 2 cms
    • Smoothen out edges of the discs
    • Tie the tread to pencil and wind it
    • Hold the free end of the tread and let the spool go down
    • Give it a slight jerk when it almost reaches the end of tread. The spool winds and unwinds itself

Natural Mobile

  • You need: Length of a Willow or thin dried stem of any plant/dried stick which is flexible enough to make a ring, strong thread, selection of natural decorations like pine corns, feathers dried leaves, dried flowers of your choice
  • How to make it
    • Make a ring from the length of willow/ stem of a plant/ dried stick approximately 40 inches weaving the willow in and out as you make the ring
    • Tie the hoop at regular intervals with tread and secure it
    • Tie equal-length treads to the willow hoop and knot together at the top. You will use this to suspend the mobile when it is complete
    • Cut several pieces of different length tread and tie the selection of natural decorations on to each leaving gap between each one to next
    • Tie the decorated strings to the willow hoop equally spaces around the ring
    • Now your natural mobile is ready for the little one to play along! This idea can be easily adapted to ideas to suite any season like painted egg shells, paper snowflakes to flower & leaves…. The possibilities are endless!
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Why do Children like Dinosaurs?- Monday, October 29, 2012

This question triggered in my mind as my Son who JUST two has tremendous fascination towards these extinct creatures! I guess pretty much all children like Dinosaurs – every child goes through “Dinosaurs stage”, this is more prominent in the age groups of Five to Seven or older & sometimes even at the age starting from two years. What could be reasons behind this fascination in little minds? Many studies have been conducted on this by various researchers & have come out with various explanations

Reason 1: Mostly Big, Makes Loud Noise, Scary & some dinosaurs expel flames from its nostrils! Representation of powerfulness

Reason 2:  Dinosaurs get what they want! – (Calvin & Hobbes comic strips in which Calvin pretends to be a big, lurching dinosaur) Apparently Dinosaurs represent in little minds the ultimate ID principle from Freud – When one wants something – they go & get it! & nothing else comes in way or nothing else is important till their needs are met

Reason 3: Dinosaurs offers diverse cast of characters: These creatures are combinations of - sizes (big & small) Food habits (some are carnivores & some herbivores), Deeds (good/bad), Way of life (live in groups or isolated) etc.  This allows children to construct images of various imaginative world in which they wish to be in

Reason 4: They are extinct and have left behind really amazing skeletons: Before ‘Jurassic Park’ or ‘Gertie the dinosaur’ (1st Dino movie 1914) most children learnt about dinosaurs from mounted skeletons in museums. Most kids find dinosaurs’ skeleton less eerie than of skeletons left by modern day animals. This enthrallment may be due to the gigantic size & unfamiliarity. Studies say many kids prefer their dinosaur in skeleton form!

Reason 5: Dinosaurs help mastership/ proficiency: This is based on theory of contradiction – you like something because you are not like that/them! Children may be fascinated with the dinosaurs because they think they have the ability to control aggression & power unlike Dinosaurs – The Good vs. Bad thing! Children tend to assume that all actions or events are either rewards or punishments. Bad things happen to bad people & good things happen to good people, however this concept is induced by parents or surroundings. They also think Dinosaurs have gone extinct due to their bad behaviour & good dinosaurs always stay in the hearts of little ones for eternity

The reasons for liking dinosaurs by children may be plenty, but the question every parent has in their minds – Is it good to allow the child to play, like or fantasise about Dinosaurs?   

Studies say that Dinosaur toys are brilliant for imaginative play and learning about nature and science and getting a sense of the history of our planet. The good vs. bad theory - Children are probably able to achieve a little more ability to control over their aggression each time they indulge in dino fantasy. They say kids start getting interested in dinosaurs as toddlers & this may grow into deeper interest as they become older – through teenage/ adulthood if they have fascination towards planetology.

What should be a concern is when a child takes the behaviour outside play into real life by spilling into wildness/ impulse/ scaring of others. When such situations occur, parents must dwell deep in & help a child to overcome this aggression.  A parent must always listen to their children’s fantasies and find a way to understand what is happening in their little ones inner world. This helps parents to gently manoeuvre the child’s thinking in the right direction towards progressive development.

AATIKE presents to you series of herbivores dinosaurs which is brilliant for imaginative play of your little ones. They are made of Natural wood – Teak & Rubber & excellent robust toys which can be stay through the growing years of your child

http://www.aatike.com/p/86/aatike-push-pull-wooden-dinosaurs-stegosaurus

http://www.aatike.com/p/87/push-pull-wooden-dinosaurs-triceratops

http://www.aatike.com/p/88/aatike-push-pull-wooden-dinosaurs-hadrosaurus

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