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Toy story makes you handyman

Game kit creates playthings from junk and household items.

entertainment Updated: Mar 15, 2011 15:42 IST
Sneha Mahale

The makers of Aksharit, the desi version of Scrabble out in 27 Indian languages, have launched another game for kids. Called My Toy Factory, this game by MadRat Games, converts kids into factory workers by teaching them how to make their own toys with junk and household items. My Toy Factory is an instruction manual to create toys.

The game, created by Mumbai IITian Madhumita Halder and husband Rajat Dhariwal, was first tested at a school in Bengaluru. “The idea is to encourage kids to make toys out of junk and household items like straws, bottle caps, pencils and more such objects. Kids follow the instruction manual to create toys. Then they are break the toys to understand how they work. Later, they can use their creativity to modify toys,” says Dhariwal.

The kit, aimed at students from standard one to seven, comes with straw, paper and bottle caps as props. Kids start off as factory workers and as difficulty levels rise, they graduate to supervisors and managers. There is a narrative to bind the entire concept together. The toys and children play characters in the storyline. Dhariwal says, “Each kit needs one month in production and is apt for schools and summer camps. Most of our customers are schools, looking to provide kids with a play environment that encourages creativity.”

Other kits
CRY’s Warli and the Madhubani art kits (by NGO Kadam) teach kids about the two traditional forms of painting with colours and motifs commonly used in them. Visit to shop online. Cost Rs 175 — 225.

Niketu Mehta, of Young Art and Craft, develops craft kits from his house. The collection includes CD cases, owl-motif tissue holders and magazine racks. Buy it on Prices begin at Rs 60.

The Art for Akanksha programme has developed a series of craft kits, which teaches block printing, learn how to jazz up a canvas bag with a Gond painting, or make a Madhubani art picture frame. Call 22-2370-0253. Prices start at Rs 150.

To buy the kit, email