Role- play toys help kids to learn about their environment and enhance their social skills.

Toys!! when we recall this word, our flash back memory link us with our happy childhood moments. All toys with whom we grow and their association in our beautiful life learning, all comes into glimpse.

As a young child, girls had craziness to play kitchen-kitchen. When I was very young I remember one of my neighbor friend make all kitchens set item by clay, and within a wooden box we arranged them all. But yes we were so lean into that we skip doing our homework. One of her sibling who was quite elder than us and who believe that, these things are wastage of time; we should be focus on our  learning on our homework cause these things on real mean gonna make our future bright ahead… so he took that box and throw our  kitchen toys away… of course we were sad, cause only we know the value of our  sincere efforts to shape those all objects. Somewhere it left an impact on my subconscious mind. But still I found somewhere I have eager towards toys, that’s lead me here to understand the value and utility of toys ..

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Toys that help children express and understand emotions, and social relationships are known as Social Toys. These toys help children to develop social and language skills as well as help in emotional development.   They develop their verbal language as well as body language though play –sharing and role playing. Role Playing Toys or Pretend Play Toys are toys that children play with, to imitate real-life roles. Pretend Play Toys are very important for a child’s emotional development. These toys help in nurturing the imagination to play socially and help them to develop  emotionally. These toys help them to learn about their environment and enhance their social skills like language, body language, etc by encouraging interaction.

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Dolls and kitchen miniature are very popular toys in the pretend Play category.  Usually girls are seen playing with dolls from a very young age. Children enter the world of fantasy by playing with the dolls and kitchen toys while they imitate the real life roles. This helps them to be become aware of their environment around them and enhances thinking, creativity and imagination in children. They are comfort object for many children thereby providing them emotional support and enhancing their social communication skills.

 

Toys vary across country, culture, and families but on real means toys for children are beyond culture, country, cast and religion. Indian Toys are made of various kinds of material like wood, cloth, bamboo, metal, paper, plastic, clay, rubber, coir, papier-mâché, shells etc. Indian Toys are known for its craft value and the rich culture it represents.every toy has its impotence n values, they create their own impact the way u implicated.

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Panchmura terracotta craft become the symbol of Indian folk-art

Panchmura is a village, which is located at a distance about 40 km from Bishnupuri, Bishanupur  is a town under Bankura district(West Bengal). It is known for its Traditional Terracotta Horse and Mansha chali (the Snake Goddess), and other Handicrafts.

Bishanupur become the principle centre of culture and  art during the patronage of Malla king Veer Hambir and his successors Raja Raghunath Singha and Veer Singha. Most of the exquisite terracotta temples for which this town is famous were built during this period.

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Originally Horses, elephants, Manasi Chali (the Snake Goddess) and Shashti (the guardian deity of children) were produced for ritualistic purpose.  People offered Horses and elephants as a token of their devotion to Dharma Thakur, Manasa chali and numerous other village deities. Local people promise to dedicate terracotta horses and elephants to the serpent deity on the fulfillment of a wish. Manasa Chali, terracotta facade of a shrine. The snake deity Manasa is worshipped for protection from snakebites.

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One of the beliefs is that, these horse and elephants are considered as the carriers of village ancestral spirits. They believe that the ancestral spirits ride on the horses and elephants which are offered at the village shrine, to drive away the evil spirits from the village.

The Basic Raw Materials needed for making the Bankura horse and other similar crafts is mainly the TERRACOTTA clay, which is generally available in the region; otherwise the “Kumbhkars” (potters) get the clay from the other neighboring region of Bishnupur. The clay which they get mostly impure and the potters make the clay fit for the craft production by removing the dust- stones from it. The clay is generally ordered in bulk, and is kept outside of the house, and covered if there is any rain. The other Raw Materials which are mixed with CLAY are SAND, HAY and WATER. Generally the water they use either from the tube well or from the local pond. Sand and Grass are used to hold the clay together as a binder.

From mid April to mid June they stop their production due to extreme summer weather, which makes cracks on products. Before starting the production they worship lord shiva by making shivling on the wheel from the clay which they collect in bulk for the rest of year production.

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