This Republic Day, Be Indian, Play Indian

This Republic day introduce your kids to some traditional Indian games from ‘Desi Toys’  that are  made with the passion of exposing today’s children who are being robbed of the wonders our country has to offer with it’s rich collection of skill based toys and games!

Recreate fun memories with your little ones with these 10 ‘Desi Toys’ that are ‘Made in  India’ 

1) Spinning Top: Another simple activity toy from India  that promises hours of fun and engagement as spinning the ‘lattu’ is an art, it will keep the kids hooked till they master it and once they have they will love to show off their newly acquired skill! Click here to get this for your kids or gift this to your loved ones!


2)  2 in 1 Strategy Board Game Goats and Tigers / Bagh Bakri  & Dashavatar Snakes & Ladders:The mythological story themes are a great way to let kids connect with Indian culture and this game is based on the mythological story of Goddess Kali and Mahishasura and involves hunting the opponents and blocking their moves making them immobile. Clubbed with  this game is the all- time favourite – Snakes and Ladders with 10 stories which is available at Rs.299 with  additional festive special discount! Check here

3)  Gili Danda:A game that is now become a memory from the ’90s, when kids could be seen in every gully of rural India and smaller towns playing this outdoor game that required nothing but two wooden stick to score points. While the kids today have the polished version as Cricket, here is a chance to revisit those wonderful childhood years as the Gili Danda set is available at  Desi Toys! Excited? Click here to order it right away!

4) Chess/Satranj-Magnetic: The game of chess is over 1300 years old and is one of oldest and the most popular game in the world. The game originated in India and evolved from the Indian game Chaturanga, meaning four units of an army. The Magnetic folding chess by ‘Desi Toys’ is a  perfect travel companion for chess lovers which will keep all the chessmen rooted on the chess board unless you make your move! Shop here

5) Solitaire/ Buddhijaal:An ancient game which is  handcrafted to hone problem-solving and concentration skills, this game is evergreen across all age groups! The game board made of Sheesham wood with  marbles involves getting rid of all the marbles except one. A game that never goes out of style! Buy it here

6) 2 in 1  Board Game Chauka Bara & Tic Tac Toe:Call it Chauka Bara, the game has taught us that fate could change in a roll of a dice! This is primarily a game of chance but involves thinking and planning. It is an interesting and fun way to develop strategy skills. This game is available as a combo set with Tic Tac Toe – another favourtie of kids! Click here to order – avail the discount offer too!

 

7) Steam Boat:Shop for this tiny steamboat and watch your little ones enjoy themselves watching the boat go around in the water tub. This tiny steamboat is a happy flashback from your childhood years. Don’t believe us yet? Get one for your kids and see for yourself! Priced at just Rs 149, this is our best-seller –shop here!

8) 2 in 1 Strategy Board Game Nine Men Morris/ Nav kankari & Pachisi:A wonderful combination of two ancient games from India, this pack contains Nine Men Morris/ Nav Kankari where players place 3 coins vertically or horizontally.  Pachisi is another ancient racing Board game. This game can be played by two to four player. Each player has to roll the dice and make moves towards ‘Home’. The first player to get all his 4 pawns into the ‘Home’ is the winner. Priced at just Rs 299,  this pack is a great birthday party return gift for kids! To avail discount, Order here

9) Cup And Gola:Ditch those foreign-made games, this activity toy is one of the best tool to develop hand-eye coordination in children. The game consists of a small wooden ball connected to the handle of the cup by a string. The main goal of the game is to get the ball into the cup. Play some cool 1 minute games with this toy. Shop here

10) Seven Stones/Lagori:How can we end this list without mentioning this game? The game also called Pithoo  in some parts of India,  has a ball and a pile of flat stones and is played between two teams in a large outdoor area. Here is the best part, any number of people can play it! One team will knock down the blocks and will try to restore the pile of blocks while the other team will try to throw the ball at the opposing team. Easy to store and carry, this is a wonderful outdoor game for kids! Buy the stack of Lagori set here

Playing is the best way of learning! So go ahead, enjoy your Republic Day playing some traditional games from India, help kids learn more about our rich history and culture while you enjoy some moments of childhood nostalgia playing these games again!

 

5 Fun Art forms today’s Kids can learn easily

As a brand committed to creating unique comeback toys & games that are inspired by the touch of traditional Indian art, we don’t need to tell you that we are so Desi at heart! Therefore, when parents ask for suggestions on which are the best art activities for kids, it is no surprise we recommend Indian art as an obvious answer!

India has a rich art history passed down from one generation to another, coming from around 3500 BC and has a massive influence on the global art scenario.  Here are our favourite Indian art forms that children across age group can learn:

1) Embroidery– A handcraft that can be embraced by both girls and boys. A simple embroidery project can teach kids to learn to be patient and wait for the end result of hard work. Eye-hand coordination, color theory, design and planning are some of the skills developed by embroidery.

2) Rangoli – Colourful patterns using colours, flowers, rice and grains can be used to make this unique decoration at the door. Involving your children in Rangoli makes a great way to bond with them.

3) Pottery – One of the best sensory skill-developing activities for kids. While moulding with clay into different shapes and objects, children learn to develop their imagination and to express themselves.

4) Painting – When it comes to teaching Indian painting arts to kids, there is no dearth of options to choose from as various painting styles are prevalent across various regions like Madhubani, Warli, Kalighat, Kalamkari, Gond, Pichwai and many more! Teaching these art forms is also a good way to teach children about India’s rich ancient culture and traditions.

5) Knitting- Knitting is another great way to teach kids about the process of creation. They also learn to develop their fine motor skills and build their attention span.

While you are trying to introduce your child to an art form, it is important that you take it slow and start with small projects to see if your child is enjoying the activity or not.  It may happen that you as a parent may find it interesting while your child may not. In such cases, let your child decide and choose another art form that he/she would like to pursue further.

5 Ways to celebrate an Eco-friendly Diwali

Diwali! One of the biggest festivals in India is here and we are sure the preparations have begun in your house already. Be it Diwali cleaning, Diwali sweets, Laxmi Pujan or Diwali gifting, there is so much to this festival. But , in the midst of the excitement, take a moment to explain to your children about how they can celebrate the festival safely and how they can enjoy the festivities without causing any damage to the environment

1) Be careful when bursting firecrackers: We are not asking you to dissuade your children from bursting crackers but explain to them how crackers  can be hazardous and can lead to smoke and noise pollution.

2) Avoid the use of plastic made Diwali decor: Go green this Diwali, teach your kids to make DIY diyas, get them to hand-paint them, make lanterns using home supplies. The joy of decorating the house with your own creations is so much more as compared to the store-bought items.

3) Be compassionate towards stray animals:With the noise of the loud crackers during Diwali, birds, pets & stray animals run out of fear and hide either under the cars or under the bed for shelter.  It is very important that we teach our kids to be cautious while celebrating Diwali without harming the animals & birds in our neighbourhood.

4) Involve them in the festivities: Making homemade mithai can be a fun family affair. Give them simple tasks like gathering all the ingredients, reading out the recipes, mixing, being a part of the cooking process gives kids a sense of achievement. You can also involve them in making beautiful Rangoli designs using flowers.

 

5) Thoughtful Diwali gifts: Encourage kids to design thoughtful greetings for the loved ones. It need not be a fancy gift, even a small handmade greeting card can go a long way in conveying the Diwali message.

May the festival of lights bring lots of joy, peace, and prosperity to you and your family. Have a great Diwali!

 

 

Importance of free play for children

So what does your child do after school or on weekends? We’ve all come across this question as parents haven’t we? And often the reason why we are asked this question by a fellow parent is to find out what are the activities or after school classes that your child attends in order to spend productive time after school. And this is the solution that even the toymakers are trying to fulfil by designing unique toys and games as tools for parents to keep their kids engaged for hours.

In this hunt for ways to keep the kids busy, we over schedule our children and tend to forget the most important tool that helps children learn how to keep themselves busy themselves (hint: as compared to other tools this option is totally free of cost). Yes! You guessed it right! It is called free play!

Also known as unstructured play, free play allows children the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or instructions. Remember your childhood days? You may not have had the abundance of games and toys that your children have these days, but what you had was the ample amount of time for unstructured play that helped you explore your environment and create our own games.

Here are a few important benefits of free play for children:

1) Imagination at play: Without any pre-set rules and instructions, free play allows kids to use their own imagination and come up with their own rule book.

 

 

2) Promotes Personal, Social and Emotional Development- During free play, children learn how to work in a team, among friends they learn how to take turns,  they learn how to listen to others and develop their leadership skills.

 

 

3)Encourages children to take their own decisions– Because free play is driven by children themselves,  they have the chance to learn on their own while playing alone or among friends,  they learn how to evaluate a situation and make their own decisions.

 

 

4) Help children learn more about themselves: Since free play is child initiated, they learn to explore their creative side and understand their likes and dislikes better.

 

5) Fosters decision-making skills: Unstructured play provides many opportunities to make choices while playing alone or while playing in a group.

 

It is important to note that free play is a tool for developing a child as a whole and does not include time on gadgets. True free play is child-initiated, spontaneous and guided by the child’s imagination without the direction of an adult.

 

Ideas to make Navratri a lot more fun for kids

Navratri heralds the arrival of the festive season in India and this is one such festival which is celebrated in different ways across the country. Talking to your children about the unique festivities in different states of India during the nine days of Navratri can be a chapter on Indian culture and traditions for them but we found some more interesting ways to make Navratri a lot more fun for the kids.

  • Storytelling – Take thkids through the mythological stories that celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil. There is no better way to educate your kids about the significance of  Navratri than reading out to them.

  • Diya making – Children across age–groups will enjoy this clay play activity the most. All you need is some clay and colours to mold the diyas. Handmade diyas have a special charm especially if they are made by little hands.

  • Making a Ravana effigy – Dussehra is a culmination of the nine-day Navratri festival and celebrated by burning the effigy of Ravana to signify the victory of good over evil. How about making a Ravana effigy at home using recycled or waste materials? This simple DIY craft activity is a wonderful activity to engage the kids while you are busy with other preparations for the festival.

  • Dandiya making – Kids will enjoy making their own dandiya props. Rolls of old newspapers put together as sticks, once dry, kids can paint them or decorate them in their favourite colours.

  • Navratri printable – A Mata ki chowki in the north, garba dance in Gujarat, Durga Pooja in Bengal and in the south the exhibition of gods called Golu (Click to buy some awesome miniature toys for Golu display), the distinct styles of celebrating Navratri across the various regions of India is the perfect geography & cultural lesson for kids. Take a map of India and ask the kids to place the images of food, clothes, idols in the corresponding region.

Indian festivals provide a good opportunity for parents to introduce children to India’s rich culture and traditions. Let’s make it more fun for kids by involving them in the celebrations.

 

10 outdoor fun games to stay fit for today’s tech savvy generation

Recently our Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Fit India’ Movement’ urging people to create time for physical activity in their daily regime. He also highlighted the importance of playing outdoor sports to break away from the habit of following a sedentary lifestyle. As parents, we can join this national movement by encouraging our children to play outdoors daily.

Well, the excuse of not having enough time for an outdoor play does not apply, just calculate the number of hours they spend on gadgets or TV daily!

A survey conducted in 10 countries found that over half of children globally play outside for one hour or less each day. Researchers found that in India, 56 %  of parents believe their child has fewer opportunities to play than they did as a child.

So how do we encourage our children to get more active and head out to a playground? It is easy, just look back at your childhood and you will find traditional outdoor games in India are more beneficial for the mental and physical growth of your children.

Here are our favourite traditional outdoor games that you can play with your children to get them moving and relive your childhood days too! 

  • Lagori – Also known as Pithoo, Ezhu Kallu, Saat Patha, Lingocha, Sitoliya, Dabba Kal, etc. The game involves 2 teams with a ball and flat stones/wooden blocks. One team will knock down the blocks and will try to restore the pile of blocks while the other team will try to throw the ball at the opposing team. Shop for this game here.

 

2) Kho-Kho – One of the most popular outdoor games from India. The game consists of two teams, who are required to chase down and tag the players of the opposite team to win the game.

 

 

3) Aankh Micholi – You can say this is ‘hide and seek’ with a traditional twist. The players scatter around the denner who has a strip of cloth tied around his eyes and he has to rely on his sensory skills to catch the next denner.

 

4) Gilli Danda – Similar to Cricket this traditional game replaces the ball with a gilli and the bat with a danda. At Desi Toys, we offer you this authentic ‘Gili Danda’ toy which is hand-painted very artistically. Check out here

 

5) Saakli ( Lock and key) -The denner has to touch the other players to lock them up, while the other players have to rescue their teammates by offering them key with a touch.

 

6) Lattu – Spinning tops are one of the oldest toys. A thick string is wrapped around the wooden top and pulled which makes the top spin. Click here to shop now.

 

7) Kabbaddi – The Indian version of a game of tag. This is another team game that promises endless hours of outdoor fun.

 

8) Langdi – The denner has to catch another player by hopping on his foot. This game is all excerise at play.

 

 

9) Dog and the bone – Another group game where the two teams fight to get the object paced in the middle usually a handkerchief.

 

 

10) Gulel/ Sling shot – another version of bow and arrow, where the kids need to hit the bullseye using the slingshot. Available at Desi Toys, check out here

 

Playing outdoor games is the easiest way to get children to exercise and help them stay fit. So which game are your children playing today? Share with us in comments below

 

 

 

Must have Toys and Games to keep kids engaged

Finding ways to keep the children engaged while you finish those daily chores at home can be a lot of work in itself and finding activities that children can do on their own without adult supervision becomes equally important if you are a working parent.

Well, when it comes to toys, we have your back! Here is a list of some of the best classic toys from ‘Desi Toys’ that kids can play on their own. These toys and games are not just fun but also durable and safe too.

Labyrinth/ Maze/ Swirl/Bada Bhool Bhulaiya

 Handcrafted in Shesham wood, this is a challenging game, as kids need to move all the three balls into the centre of the puzzle. Also this can be a very good game for improving hand-eye coordination  fine motor  skills and concentration in kids.

 

Snake Cube Puzzle/ Ghar Akar brain teaser

Brain teasers like these are a must-have. Offer this to your kids and steal away some time from them to finish your work. This 3″x3″x3″ puzzle is unique and very challenging too.

 

Spinning top/ Lattu

 No matter what age you may be, you will always love the sight of a spinning top and see the colours blend together as the top spins.  Easy to store and carry with each top measuring 3″x1.8″x1.8″. The nail bottom is not very pointed and suitable for kids.

 

Cup and ball/ Cup aur Gola

 This may look simple but getting the ball into the cup requires practice! So if you are having a busy day, this toy is the perfect screen-free entertainment for kids.

 

Solitaire/Buddhijaal/Brainvita

 Solitaire is a challenging game that requires problem-solving tactics. There is truly no more attractive and easy way to play this game than with the Indian Handmade Wooden Marble Solitaire Set from ‘Desi Toys’. Bring home your very own Handmade.

 

 

 

3 in one puzzle set/Teen Paheli

 This puzzle set is much loved not just by kids but parents too! Solve this puzzle to de-stress and challenge your kids to practice problem solving skills and patience!

 

While there are endless ways to encourage kids to play on their own, every toy listed above guarantees gadget-free, creative and independent play not just for children but for the parents too! So go ahead and give them a try! Shop from www.desitoys.in

 

 

 

Importance of skill based toys for children

Children learn as they playMost importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.” – O.Fred Donaldson.

Now that we know that playing is important for children, here is another key factor that plays a big role in making playtime more meaningful for children and that is the choice of toys which you buy for them. Yes! Toys can be more than just fun and games for kids. If chosen wisely toys can offer a great opportunity for children to develop early childhood skills.

Well, there are a variety of toys available in the market to choose from, here are 5 reasons why you should choose a skill-based toy over any other toy for your child:

  • Skill based toys help develop gross motor & fine motor skills: These are the first set of skills that a child develops in the initial years. Gross motar skills refers to the ability to make movements like rolling, crawling, jumping, running, balancing in different positions, walking in a straight line and following objects. Toys like activity mats, push and pull toys, wooden blocks, shape sorters, puzzles, stacking toys are some of the toys designed to help children develop and work on their gross and fine mortar skills.

 

 

  • Skill based toys work on soft skills of your child: As per google, soft skills is a sociological term relating to a person’s ‘EQ’ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient). In simple words, it refers to teaching kids how to share, how to work in a team, how to make friends, how to respond to a particular situation, how to deal with their emotions, etc. In fact, social skills for kids are ongoing life lessons. Toys such as board games, pretend play sets like puppets, sports games, building blocks are all versatile toys that apart from helping to strengthen other areas of development, provide an outlet for children to work together, share and communicate to complete a goal or task thereby working on their social skills.

 

 

 

  • Skill based toys help improve cognitive skills: Strategy board games, Memory games, card games are tools to help your child develop cognitive skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking, sequencing and how to make decisions. These are important life skills that can be developed by choosing the right toy for your children.

 

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4)Skill based toys can also help develop creative skills: Drawing sets, playing with colours, playdough, DIY kits are toys that work on your child’s imagination and help them think creatively using different textures and mediums.

 

 

5) Skill based toys can be used to promote early literacy skills in children: Picture books, flashcards, storytelling kits, number construction sets are the best toys that help your child to recognize alphabet, numbers and set the foundation for developing their vocabulary skills early on.

 

 

While choosing a skill-based toy is surely a good way to help your child learn while he/she plays and develop essential childhood skills, it is also important that you as a parent spend good quality time and play with them, as for a parent that is definitely one of the best ways to bond with child and to relive childhood days!

You may also like reading our post on ‘Your Time is the best gift you can give to your kids, Here’s Why!

 

Growing popularity of ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ toys/games. Here is why

We all have that one toy from our childhood collection that was gifted to us by one of our relatives from his holiday visit abroad. And like it or not, the only reason why we took care of it or it lasted so long was because it was not from India. Well, our children will never list this reason for having a special preference for a toy, since the toy industry has totally transformed from what it used to be during our childhood days and today it is flooded with imported toys mainly from China.

The entry of international toy stores and online stores in the toy market has further expanded the choice for kids. Enter any toy store and you are sure to be baffled by the endless rows of toys with multiple brands, but as a parent, you will be overwhelmed and struggling to zero down on that one toy which will keep your children engaged meaningfully and offer that sense of attachment that you had with your toys as a kid.

Well, that’s when buying Indian made toys come into play! We tell you how they are unique and why making the switch to ‘Made in India’ toys make perfect sense.

1)Indian roots & educative in nature: Made in India toys based on Indian themes derived from Indian history & culture. For example, the Ramayana storytelling kits help familiarise children with mythological characters and celebrated superheroes from our past as well as help them appreciate the Indian value system at large.

 

2) Made by skilled artisans: Made in India toys provide a big impetus to skilled artisans and tribal communities in the country. The Channapatna wooden toys, that are gaining popularity slowly are based on an art that has been promoted since the days of Tipu Sultan. If products that are made using the tribal art forms like Warli, Madhubani, Gond, Patchitra and many more are being appreciated in the west, why can’t we?

 

3) Child safe: When it comes to children’s toys, the quality of the toy is of utmost importance especially in the first initial years when they love to chew on every toy. Unlike plastic, non-toxic wooden toys made with natural paint are safe for children and manufacturers in India now understand the importance of safe and quality products demanded by parents and adhere to strict quality control.

4) Generational toys: Indian made toys are durable and qualify as favourite family toys that can be passed down from one generation to another.

 

 

5) Take you back to childhood days: It brings great joy to see your children play with the same toys and games that you grew up playing with. The Indian made toys are designed around this thought and help even parents relive their best childhood memories via toys like tiny steamboat that moved forward powered by a candle, lagori, boardgames like pachisi.

 

6) Unique gifts: The Indian made toys make for an affordable gift option, not just for the kids but for the entire family. The traditional board games like chauka bara, chess, palanghuzi that are now available from the Indian toymakers are helping parents spend quality time with the kids as well as teaching kids important skills like creative thinking, strategy and problem-solving skills and many more.

The Indian government is increasingly supporting the toy industry that is creating employment for millions of unskilled and semi-skilled rural workers and considering the huge untapped market potential, many players have started setting up their manufacturing base in India.

With India getting popular on the global front, many people in India have started taking pride in using India products. And as parents subscribing to Indian made toys could be one of the ways to encourage our children to value our culture, art forms and not move away from it.

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Season Gifting Ideas For Your Loved Ones

With the arrival of the gifting season, we know that looking for the perfect gift can be a very time consuming affair, and that’s why we thought why not make this job easier for you!

Here is a list of gifting ideas to get you started with, right from kids to adults,  gaming addicts to book lovers we’ve covered them all! Take a look and remember  whatever you may choose to gift big or small, it is always the thought that matters!

1) Books – Best option if  your loved one is a book lover because honestly speaking gifting a book lover anything apart from books is a crime!  Well, if you don’t know which books to gift, you can always gift a shopping voucher from a book store and let them choose their favourite book.

2) Chocolates –It’s a universal fact that everyone loves chocolates, well at least the chances of meeting people who do not like chocolates are really low. So in case you have been busy and can’t think of anything else last minute, a chocolate gift hamper will be your best bet. The best thing is they come in festive packaging as well to add to the festival mood.

3) Games – Believe us when we say there is nothing better than gifting a toy or a game to kids! They love it but we know when choosing a toy or a game can be a task in itself,  check out the collection at www.desitoys.in for a wide range of classic and popular skill based Indian toys/games – from traditional family board games to toys that take you back to good old  childhood days – there is something for everyone.

 

4) Accessories – We are talking jewelry to watches to bags to belts to sunglasses the options are so many and you can never go wrong if you pick any one of these as one can never have enough accessories! Agree?

5) Home Décor  – This is a safe option to go with if you are gifting someone who does not fit in it the above categories.  You will find a range of options to choose from depending on your budget.

 

6) Shopping vouchers –  Shopping vouchers have their own charm and one of the best option to please a shopaholic!

7) Plants – Not an obvious gift, but definitely a thoughtful one. Nurturing the plant and see it grow brings immense joy and satisfaction that no fancy gift item can replace. Try it!

 

Selecting the right gift is tricky but that’s what makes the process of gifting an interesting one. Use this guide to get yourself started on the gift selection and make someone smile this festive season.