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Educational Toys from Trash


Created: May 3, 2021

Toys bring Joy to kids. Some are purely for fun, others are educational. But do they always need to be expensive?

Not at all.

Let's have a look at the brilliant works of Arvind Gupta, who developed useful low-cost science teaching aids from everyday ordinary things or modern junk. His toys are amazing and appeal immensely to children.

A graduate from IIT Kanpur, he took a break from his job at TELCO to work at the grassroots village science teaching programme for children in the tribal district of Hoshangabad, Madhya Padesh. He makes low cost toys using locally available materials or trash to explain the concept of science to children.

Arvind Gupta has written numerous instructional books and conducted various workshops in schools. His book "Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments" has been reprinted in 12 languages. He has won many national & international awards including the highly esteemed Padma Shree. 

Watch his popular TED Talk: Turning Trash into toys for learning

Arvind Gupta's popularity with children is a proof that our Schools should be more about doing & experimenting rather than cramming. What do yo think? Share your views in the comments section.

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About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 


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