In four years of living with the firstborn. I have bought him only one plaything — a puzzle.
i’d like to put it this way. I may have bought only one per cent of firstborn’s toy collection but i buy nearly 99 per cent of his books.
I dislike stuffed toys. so that’s out.
I dislike cars. so that’s out.
I dislike dolls. so that’s out too.
and what is left?
me. I am his real-live, recycling-friendly environmentally-reasonably friendly toy. so what else does he need? right? right!
but this is what he has…
a lovely train set in wood — from khadi gramudyog bhavan, chennai. — a present to firstborn from smal.
and a little wooden “gems” car (since all the wheels look like Cadbury’s Gems) — that was Rs. 40. — a present from my ma from a handicrafts exhibition in CP Art Centre, chennai.
I am wary of the big eating up the small. I have always been. The giant machine-made corp. crowding into the small toy-maker’s space.
We can help by buying what is
2.a local product.
Here in KL. One place i liked is called “pasar seni” . this is a heritage building turned into a crafts centre.
this toy I picked up was for the MMMiM. this hand-drum is unique to Malaysia and is played at weddings. The MMMiM has a great sense of rhythm and this is really a perfect replacement for the plastic bucket he used to bring out, whenever he liked a song.
P.S(this is a tag picked from the google-like chox.)
here are the rules
1. tell us about the toys that are handmade/local that your kid has(post pix if you can)
2 tell us about great places /sites/resourcesto look for them in your area
3. tag five other mums
I would like to force-feed this tag on…
MGM: and get to know what is local there in Norway (and you are already sitting on another tag, MGM)
by dear friend Bhu: who is also an expert on early childhood
Shruti: li’l P’s toy train and other yummy handmade toys — pliss to show us
sur: with your eye for art … pliss tell us where you go in Mumbai?
the mad momma: a peek into the b and b’s nursery’s top most.
ETA: go here to read art’s post