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Popular outdoor game comes to India

entertainment Updated: Sep 30, 2010 15:20 IST
Shweta Mehta

If a game of hide-and-seek doesn’t appeal to your kid anymore, here’s a new one that probably will! Squap, the best selling outdoor toy in Germany and popular all over Europe, is now available at toy stores across the city. It is the brainchild of German duo, Urs Robustelli and Gregor Altenburger, who took over six years to develop it, over several stages.

“The first few models were built using common items and household appliances,” says Robustelli. “We’ve finally come out with a game that the entire family can enjoy, irrespective of their age. I’m sure Indian families will take to it.” Squap has arrived at a time when extracurricular activities for children have been dragged under the scanner. Their preference for electronic games has left several parents worried and looking for ways to draw them towards physical activity.

Actor Karishma Kapur, who is endorsing the product, echoes this concern: “I’m very particular about the amount of TV my daughter watches. I’m happy to have found a toy that she enjoys playing with. It requires energy, creativity as well as motor skills. I also like the fact that it needs the child to think quick, and helps stimulate the mind.” She stresses on the importance of physical activity for children. “They need time to play. It’s their way of de-stressing,” she says.

Additionally, Squap is a game that appeals to the entire family. “It’s a fun-filled activity for everyone in the family. Even the grandparents can play it.”

How to play

Lay the ball in the orange Squap and open it as forcefully as you can. Watch the ball as it gets catapulted. It is then caught by your opponent by clamping the Squap at the right moment. You can play it against a wall and compete with yourself or play with your family and friends. Introduce new play shots such as behind the back, over the shoulder and turn around and jump. You can play practically anywhere — at a volleyball court, on a beach, in the garden or even in your own living room!