Toys and Play with Everyday Materials

Sudarshan Khanna, Gita Wolf, Anushka Ravishankar, Priya Sundram

More than ever in the past, now it is necessary to bring in the possibility of free, unstructured, and open ended play to children. We can create opportunities for other kinds of play — such as through the toys in this book, based on so-called folk toys, created by small-time artisans from all over India.

A child who makes these toys needs to handle physical material intelligently — an important sense to restore in an increasingly virtual world. Along with step-by-step instructions on how to make a range of toys, the book also contains sections on the science behind some of them, tips, poems, jokes… and a thought-provoking section for adults to think through issues of toys and play in today’s world.

$ 24.95

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Weight 660.0 g
Dimensions 285 × 215 mm








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Sudarshan Khanna

Sudarshan Khanna is a globally acclaimed toy researcher, design educator and author who has been associated with the National Institute of Design of India for over 35 years. A National Award winner for popularising design-science among children, he continues to conduct toy design workshops across the world.

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

Anushka Ravishankar

Anushka Ravishankar

Dubbed ‘India’s Dr. Seuss’, Anushka Ravishankar is one of India’s most celebrated children’s authors, and her witty and jubilant tales are internationally acclaimed and widely translated. Anushka has now written over twenty books and travelled widely performing from her stories. In 2012, she founded the Indian children’s publishing house Duckbill together with Sayoni Basu. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

Priya Sundram

Priya Sundram

Priya Sundram is a London-based freelance illustrator who graduated from the Royal College of Art. She has been involved with a number of children's workshops, including those at the V&A's Museum of Childhood.