With a growing understanding now more than ever that it is necessary to encourage and enable children to have free, unstructured and open-ended creative play, this book offers the tools to do just that.
Along with step-by-step instructions on how to make a range of toys, the book also contains sections on the science behind some of them, along with tips, poems, jokes and even a thought-provoking section for adults to think through issues of toys and play in today’s world.
A child who makes these toys needs to handle physical material intelligently—an important sense to restore in an increasingly virtual world.
About the Contributors
Sudarshan Khanna is a globally-acclaimed toy researcher, design educator and author who has been associated with the National Institute of Design of India for over 35 years. A National Award winner for popularising design-science among children, he continues to conduct toy design workshops across the world.
Priya Sundram is a London-based freelance illustrator who has been involved with several children’s workshops, including those at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood.
Dubbed ‘India’s Dr Seuss,’ Anushka Ravishankar is one of India’s most celebrated children’s authors, and her witty and jubilant tales are internationally-acclaimed and widely translated.
Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book.
About Tara Books
Tara Books is an independent publishing house started in 1994 by Gita Wolf and specialising in the visual arts. Still, many of the books published by Tara Books defy strict genre classification—with titles ranging from children’s picture books, through graphic novels, to photography and book art.