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.

 

 

 

 

 

How toys can make studies more interesting

Kids will be kids. It is a palpable fact that kids and toys are both made for each other. The very sight of a toy in a marketplace or an animated object dangling in the distance excites a kid to disparate levels.

Parents are often found complaining about their kids not engaging in enough of physical activity and indulging more with not-so-healthy video games. A kid may not have the sense to think straight in these situations. Children always tread where the grass is greener.

Nevertheless, a child cannot be bunged from his urge to play. Fun and games are an essential part of a child’s growing years. Without enough time and liberty to play, a child can actually lose his/her confidence and develop more tendencies as that of an introvert. Play can actually shape a child in his behaviour, social life and thinking processes that can play a major role in deciding his future.

However, there are a few games available, that actually boosts a child’s brain power and strengthens the brain muscles, thus improving memory.

It is not always necessary to make your child play physical games. Sometimes even indoor games can prove to be extremely beneficial. Games like Chess, alphabet puzzles are extremely brilliant and teach your kid how to think along with improving their vocabulary. Kids, who start to play brainy games from the very beginning, find it easier to cope with their studies at latter stages in life.

Studying needs concentration. Concentration is something every parent wishes for their child. However, it is not something that can hit your kid overnight. It needs to be installed right from the start. What’s a better way of instilling concentration into your child’s mind other than a game? Buy your child a game of Brainvita today. Brain vita is known for improving concentration and strategy building in the child. Brainvita, also called Peg Solitaire, is a single person board game. It involves moving marbles from one position to another position on the board. There are many other games that can enable a child to pay more attention to his studies and make their educational life more interesting and successful.

So why threaten your child with the rod, when you can simply make him smarter literally with fun and games?

5 easy ways to make your child deal with the playground bullying in a right way

Playtime was one of the most favourite part of our childhood. That’s why getting a call from your friend at the exact time and rushing downstairs was so exciting. Everyone remembers playing lagori, langdi, cricket,chor police and many other games right? However, there used to be one person or at least a group of guys/girls who used to ruin it. We are referring to the bullies or bullying in general.

A bully is a person who tries hard to intimidate someone, usually younger than his age or size.

This is done to get control of someone or to influence him/her into doing something or just for mere entertainment. Bullying is a thing which should not be avoided but acted upon by parents of both the parties. However, the way to handle ground bullies certainly depends on each specific situation.

Here are a few steps parents should follow in order to make their child handle such situations.

1. Never advise your kids to avoid them

You may think that teaching your child to avoid such situations can be safe but that’s not right . Also, this will mislead them. Running away from any conflict is not the option. You’ve to understand that this won’t stop the bully.

2. Understand that it’s not their fault

Being bullied by someone is not a pleasant situation. It can make your kid go into depression or withdraw from any social contact. Parents should take the responsibility to make their kids understand that it’s not their fault. It is the bully who is using his powers to dominate. It is also not something to be upset or be nervous about. Give your kid the confidence to believe in themselves and to be strong.

3. Have a talk with the parent or guardian.

This is the step that parents should take. Having a direct meet with the parent of the kid can solve the problem to some level. However, this step will be successful only if the parent is understanding and advise his child to not misbehave. If this does not work;

Let the children know that bullying or getting bullied is not right. Image credits - mimiadeyemi.com
Let the children know that bullying or getting bullied is not right. Image credits – mimiadeyemi.com

4. Talk with the kid yourself

When you’re dealing with the bully, you’ve to be firm and also not too harsh. Try to explain them why bullying is not the right thing to do and also warn them to not continue with his misbehaviour.

5. Ask your kid to fight back

By this, we do not mean actual fighting. You have to understand that even as a parent, you cannot be with your child 24X7. Teach your child to be gutsy in front of the bully. They normally target weaklings and those whom they can command easily. So educate your kid to fight back and not run away.

Bullying is a behaviour which should not be followed or avoided by anyone. Even if you see someone getting bullied, you should support and help them get out of the situation.

5 Reasons to gift Desi Toys to your loved ones

Choosing gifts for the occasions can be a pretty daunting task. It is indeed hard to understand the likes & dislikes of the person and find a gift accordingly. Chocolates and flowers are great, but how long do they last? And artifacts or wall hangings is a very tricky choice because it’s hard to know if the recipient will like them; worse, they might even forward it as a gift. So why not gift something that will create long lasting memory and will be used as well? Thanks to Desi Toys, they are one of the best gifting options. You ask why? Here are the reasons below.

1. Artistry & Tradition 

When you buy a product from Desi Toys, it is not a just a physical thing that you are buying. Each product is a hard work of traditional artists and workers who are trying to preserve their culture and tradition through the toys. Their years of craftsmanship is what you get when you buy a Desi Toy. And when you gift it, you are also promoting it to more people.

2. Learning

Traditional Indian toys are not just for fun, but also informative. They help kids in learning skills like maths, hand-eye coordination, sensory development, etc. The traditional board games also teach tactics and improve memory. It improves communication and coordination between the kids if we make them participate in these games since their tender age.

3. Culture study

All the traditional Indian toys have some or other base of culture and mythology. So when the kids play these games along with their parents, they also learn about culture and mythology. All the mythological stories have some or the other moral lessons attached to them. So when you gift the kids traditional Desi Toys, you are also helping them understand the culture.

Grandma's stories. Image by - blog.dinamani.com
Grandma’s stories. Image by – blog.dinamani.com

4. Family-time

A lot of desi card games and board games require more than 2-3 players, so inevitably in this age of nuclear families, parents need to join the game and thus it increases the time spent with kids. It helps them to bond better. As opposed to video / computer games that can be played alone, Desi Toys promote more together-time.

5. Harmless

Traditional Desi Toys are made from 100% natural raw material. Made from best quality wood and 100% natural dyes and colours, Desi Toys are totally harmless, unlike the plastic / metal toys that include various tiny parts. Even though Desi Toys do not have serious manufacturing process, they are still strong and sturdy. Thus, they can be kept as a memorabilia.

So next time you want to choose a gift, pick up from the wide range from www.desitoys.in

6 Reasons Why Board Games Are Helpful For Children

In the jam-packed schedule of school, tuitions, and other hobby classes, children rarely get time to have some free time for recreation. Indeed, they have games and physical activities at school but that does not mean free time for them. Let’s focus on board games here. Board games are very popular in India and has many variations. Apart from a great time spent, board games also help in developing the children.

Here are the few reasons why parents should spend more time with children playing board games

  1. Mental Agility

Board games increase attention and agility of mind as you have to be constantly aware of the moves of the other players / opponents. When kids know that their parents are good at particular move than them, they try to do better.

2. Math skills

Board games improve maths skills. Image credits - afr.com
Board games improve maths skills. Image credits – afr.com

All of the Indian board games are based on numbers and moves. So according to the moves, the children are supposed to know how many moves they have to make to reach the destination or how many rounds they still have.

3. Actions and results 

While playing board games, kids learn to understand the effects of their actions. How their moves will help them win, or to defeat their opponents. It teaches that every action has a consequence. Good or bad!

4. Memory formation and cognitive skills

It helps children remember the numbers and phrases. Some parts of the brain are responsible for memory and cognitive functions. Board games help them exercise and thus, helps in developing these skills. These exercises also prevent them from the risk of diseases like dementia / Alzheimer.

5. Together time

Together time for kids and parents. Image credits - evanced.mchenrylibrary.org
Together time for kids and parents. Image credits – evanced.mchenrylibrary.org

Any board game generally takes at least an hour to play. That means increased together time with parents. It helps in better bonding.

6.Time away from electronics 

One of the most important advantages – board games keep children away from the gadgets. No TV, mobiles or video games. It’s better because otherwise they are constantly being bombarded with the gadgets and these games act as a relief from them.

We, at Desi Toys, have a wide variety of traditional Indian board games. You can check the collection here – www.desitoys.in 

Bagh Bakri – an ancient board game of tactics

Traditional Indian games focused on a great combination of a lot of things together. Like, there’s life lessons involved in Snakes & ladders, mythology involved in Shatranj, concentration and hand-eye coordination involved in Lagori. Just the same way, another traditional Indian board game involves animals in it and the struggles of farmers / jungle dwellers in the earlier ages. It is called Bagh Bakri. I.e. Tiger and Goat.

Bagh Bakri

This is an ancient board game that involves pieces categorised as Bagh (Tiger) and Bakri (Goat). This game involves strategy in which the tigers and goats try to outsmart each other. It’s a game that can be enjoyed by any age group. It has 20 goats and 4 tigers (or 17 goats / 3 tigers) So it is kind of asymmetrical game. It is basically a hunting game played on a board where Baghs try to hunt as many Bakris as possible whereas Bakris try to trap all the tigers.

This game ends only when the tigers have captured all the goats or if the goats are successful in trapping all the tigers and hence, they are unable to move.

History

Bagh bakri is supposed to be originated from a rural Nepalese game – Bagh Chal. This game is played in some other parts of the world too, however, as a variant and with different names. For example, the American version is ‘Fox & geese’, while Venezuelan version of this game is called ‘Foxes & Hens’.

Bagh Bakri is a game that teaches the importance of unity. If we remain united, we can overcome the enemy, no matter how strong or powerful it is. At ‘Desi Toys’, we bring you this classic game with Patchitra Art of Orissa on 12inches X 12inches Canvas. Every game comes with detailed instruction on how to play the game.

For more traditional Indian games, visit – www.desitoys.in

 

 

Chauka Bara – A Traditional Indian Game Of Chance

The kids that come to our shop with their parents have totally different fascination and excitement on their faces. Mainly because they are not aware of many toys that are desi at core! They never get a chance to play with such toys. So the other day, a little girl pointed at a board game and asked her father, “daddy what game is this?” unfortunately, even her father didn’t have idea. She was talking about Chauka Bara.

Chauka Bara is a classic Indian board game, that was played mostly during the royal era. This game was mainly developed to improve the counting skills of the children. However, it also taught the kids war tactics and strategies as well as eye-to-hand coordination.

Here’s a cute picture of two grannies playing Chauka Bara we found on the internet.

Indian ladies playing chauka bara
Indian ladies playing chauka bara

Chauka Bara is played between two or Four players. The players race their coins to reach to the innermost square (or house). The board used for this game used to be made of silk cloth and cowry shells were used as a dice. Reference of this game can be found in Mahabharat.

The players throw the cowrie shells and then it sets the coin / pawn moving. So the movement is dependent on the throw of shells that’s why Chauka Bara is also called a game of chances. However, once the shells are thrown, the player has to strategically decide which pawn / coin to move. So along with being a game of chances, it is also a game of strategy.

There are two different boards for junior players and senior players. The one for juniors has 5*5 grid with 5 cross boxes and the board for seniors has 7*7 grid. 8 cross boxes.

Chauka bara board by Desitoys.in
Chauka bara board by Desitoys.in

Just like many other Indian games, this game’s names also vary according to the region.

Daayam or Thaayam – Tamil Nadu
Kaana Duaa – Madhya Pradesh
Kavidi Kali – Kerala                                                                                Chauka Bara – Mysuru region
Gatta Mane –  Rural Mysuru
Chakaara or Chakka –  North Karnataka
Pakidakali – Kerala
Ashta Chamma – Andhra Pradesh/Telanganaa

At ‘Desi Toys’, we bring you this classic Chauka Bara game with Madhubani Art on 12*12 Inches canvas with authentic Pawns and cowrie shells. Every game includes ‘Instructions to Play’ leaflet. This artistic game from ‘Desi Toys’ can be played and preserved for years to come enjoyed by every age group.

Your time is the best gift you can give to your kids, here’s why!

Young parents nowadays have a checklist of a lot of things that they want to give to their kids. Great outfits, perfect / healthy food, best playgroup / school, and the fanciest toys there could ever be. However, while managing all this they often forget the most important things that kids need while growing up – parents’ time. In this digital age, even if children have the best of the facilities, the parent-children time is very important to create the special bond between them which can only be achieved using the time.

  1. It will never come back.

It’s a non-renewable resource and you must use it wisely. It’s a great thing to spend time with kids because the beautiful memories created with them playing outdoors, sharing stories, teaching them some skill will all be remembered by them throughout their life. We don’t always remember the toys that were gifted to us, but we remember the memories we had with parents. Thus, it is important to realise that materialistic gifts can wait; time cannot.

2. You cannot buy the time

The phrase ‘time is money’ is indeed true, yet; not everybody realises the value of time unless it is lost. So when you compare spending quality time with kids against the fancy remote-controlled toys, you’ll realise that time really cannot be brought back.

3. It increases the bonding 

This is one of the major perks of spending time with the kids. We must have seen many a time that nowadays kids spend a lot of time with their gadgets and toys because the parents are working. As they grow up, they continue the same habit and eventually there’s no dialogue between parents and kids. So if they have any problem, they have a hard time sharing things with parents because they’re never used to do so. Spending time thus help kids become more sharing and expressive.

4. It highlights the priorities

When parents spend a lot of time with their kids, they understand their priorities and also make kids feel special. The quality time also helps parents chalking out their priorities and planning the day accordingly. It’s a give & take – parents value their kids and vice versa.

There are a lot of ways in which parents can spend time with kids – travelling, sharing their day to day experiences, going out to eat, watching the old pictures and telling them the family stories, or playing indoor games that will also develop their skills. Check out amazing skill based toys and games from www.desitoys.in.

In this remote-controlled age, some things still have their value and cannot be replaced. You quality time is one of those, make sure you spend a nice time with the kids for their overall well-being.

 

Lagori – A Fun Indian Game.

As the schools start now, we took a journey down the memory lane and remembered all the school fun and variety of games that we used to play, and one of the most popular games was Lagori.

Lagori is a traditional Indian game that requires very less equipment – flat stones / tiles and a ball. Two teams play this game on a ground. In the era of smartphones, video games, and online games many of our younger readers might not have heard about it. So here’s how they play Lagori –

A pile of flat stones or tiles is stacked, forming a tower. It is made in the centre of the ground. Then one team (attacker) throws the ball at the pile of the stones to make it fall. As soon as it falls, the other team catches the ball and tries to hit the attacker team with the ball. In the meantime, the attacker team has to build the tower of the stones again without getting hit by the other team.

Lagori, Traditional Indian Game. Image credits - schoopwhoop.com
Lagori, Traditional Indian Game. Image credits – schoopwhoop.com

If the tower is rebuild without getting hit, the team earns a point. If they cannot, it goes to the other team. However, most of the time it is impossible to build the stone pile again. So they arrange a few stones and run to distract the person again. By the time, other team members can build the tower again. If they complete it, they shout “Lagori”!

This game has different names in the states of India. In Maharashtra it’s called Lingorcha / Lagori
Pitthu in Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, and northern Rajasthan,
Sitoliya in Rajasthan,Bihar, Satodiyu in Gujarat, Pittu in West Bengal, Bam Pitto in Bihar, Yedu penkulata / dikori / pittu in Andhra Pradesh, Ezhu Kallu in Tamilnadu, Garmaan in Kashmir. In Kerala the regular ball is replaced with the one made using coconut leaves. It is called as Dabba Kali.

Coconut leaf ball. Image credits - medamana.org
Coconut leaf ball. Image credits – medamana.org

We have mentioned it many times before but can’t stop to say it again that traditional Indian games had a great emphasis on various skill sets. E.g. Lagori focuses on physical ability – running, catching, as well as aiming, observation and swiftness at the same time. Because in this game, hitting the target is very important. Not to mention that it inculcates team spirit too.

We, at Desi Toys aim to preserve and regain the goodness of many such traditional Indian games and revive the heritage. For more information, you can visit www.desitoys.in. If you know more traditional games, let us know in the comments below.