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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It is said that the culture and food changes at every few miles in INDIA.

Kondapalli toys (Andhra Pradesh)

India is one of the most versatile and diverse countries in the world. It is said that the culture and food changes at every few miles in INDIA. Every region is unique in terms of art, craft, traditions and language. Among thousands of traditional styles in India, Kondapalli toys are distinct and special. They are not just decorative items that can be placed in the drawing room or the wall cabinet. They are the true reflection of the culture and tradition of Andhra Pradesh. It is an essence of excellent crafting skill and imagination. It is a small village near Vijaywada, the proposed capital of divided Andhra Pradesh.

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The toys bear a history of more than 400 years and it is believed that a group of craftsmen migrated from Rajasthan to Andhra Pradesh was the originators of this fantastic art. It is said that the ancestors of these sculptures carved beautiful images of Garuda, Lion, Nandi and other vahanas (vehicles) of gods and goddesses in the ancient temples of Andhra Pradesh. The tradition has been transferred from generations in the people of the “toy colony” of Kondapalli where almost everyone is engaged in preserving this magnificent art.Puniki wood is used for carving beautiful images. It is a white colored wood grows in the local region, and it is grown for making toys. The toys are stuffed with tamarind seed paste and sawdust to make them stable. Vegetable colors are used to paint the toys for the international market. Local people prefer oil paint or enamel. These toys depict farmer couples, decorated elephants, and palanquin bearers.

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The raw material required for making these artifacts are- wood, chisel saw dust, muslin cloth, tamarind seed power, deer horn spade, water & vegetable dyes / paints. The wood they used is very light weighted.

The wood that they use are from the tree called “Tella Poniki’ and this grows in the forests nearby. The wood is heated / Sun dried and on heating / drying the weight of the wood reduces to 1/3rd of the original weight. Initially the karigars used Vegetable dyes for coloring and then migrated to synthetic paints and now they make in both the flavors. Vegetable dye based artifacts are bit costlier than the paint ones. The only dis-advantage of vegetable dyes are that when exposed to air conditioning for a longer duration they tend to absorb the moisture and become sticky. To avoid this the karigars apply an coat of sheenlac polish which gives a gloss finish but takes away the a bit of natural beauty of the natural look of the vegetable dyes.

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