“Children love to hear the sounds, get excited about the colors and textures. So while doing exercises, they were given these toys which makes them feel relaxed and cooperate with the therapy”
– Anita Rawat, Therapy-In-charge, Early Intervention unit, Dakshinpuri, Samadhan
“The children were very happy to first see and learn that toys were available to them! This has definitely enhanced their learning capabilities. All the children connected easily to the learning activities with the toys and were eagerly looking forward to classes when the toys were used for teaching. Also we saw a marked improvement in craft and drawing capabilities of the children”
– El Shaddai
“The teachers have found the soft toys very useful to educate the kids about good touch and bad touch. Also, children relate easily with the shapes and colors. The kids enjoy working out the puzzles and their skills are definitely enhanced with the help of the toys that we received.”
Sumathi, Executive Director wrote to The Toy Bank saying, “Rattling toys, musical toys, toys with texture, cuddly toys, puzzles, balls, toys which cause sensory stimulation are all loving gifts to children with intellectual disabilities who are otherwise deprived of going to a play school or nursery like their siblings or peers. They are all from low socio-economic communities and rarely get to play with toys of this quality and variety.”
Shubhan, a child with mild mental retardation and physical disability chose a rattling toy which he found fascinating. He was so excited to see a box full of toys and in spite of his difficulty in walking he picked toys from the box and shared it with other children who were undergoing therapy at the early intervention unit.
A child named Tony was extremely fond of the remote control car. Before getting the toys, he used to play in the mud and he always seems to be dirty. But after getting the toys from The Toy Bank he is very happy and plays with his favorite car inside the room. He formed a group of friends and they together have car racing games. Now, he has a lot of fun with his friends. One of his teachers said “I am happy to see Tony not playing in dirt for a change.”
– Sparsha Trust
“We have had so many people donating games to us, but none of them have donated soft toys. I have always prayed that someone gives the children some soft toy to play with! They children are so young that right now they really look forward to playing with dolls and soft toys. Team skills have definitely enhanced. In fact, the children use soft toys to do storytelling and theater on issues that matter to them.
I am delighted that finally the children are happy! They are jumping with joy. All of them have a favourite now!”
– Sonal, Protsahan India
“Everybody knows children love toys. In our day care centre the attendance has become regular and children are happy to play with the toys. They also have the freedom to play with the toy they want. Children have started playing in groups as well. Each child has their own favorite toy.
In fact, now parents are also thankful because children don’t pressurize them for the toys. One child named Durgesh is very happy with a particular doll/ He says that he a ‘little sister’ now. He lives in the Shelter home and always keeps that doll with him while learning, playing, sleeping etc.”
– Gopinath, Sparsha Trust
12-year-old student, Khushboo, who learnt playing basketball through basket ball rings received from the Toy Bank picked up the game really fast. Once, during the play, she committed a foul when she was about to score; she herself came forward to accept her fault. After this incident, the requirement of a referee was terminated and this simple act of hers through basketball taught the kids a very important trait of life.
– Rahul Aggarwal, SwatantraTalim, Lucknow
I have observed when kids were playing a business game (name) sent by the Toy Bank, they learned the skill of making cost-benefit analysis.
– Chaaya Foundation, Delhi
We got to know about Toy Bank and Vidyun through another organisation supported by them in Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh. We reached out to Vidyun and she had been extremely supportive to us. She sent us age-graded toys which made kids in the centre very happy. But what drew my attention is that the toys were also resource to kids; they began to take care of their toys and learnt to share them responsibly with other kids. I believe this sense of responsibility that instilled in our kids was because of the Toy bank efforts.
– Shibani, NGO Partner
Our kids are super excited after getting toys; especially soft toys that students use to make different characters of a story. Puzzles are like a food for their brain. A sense of competition is visible among students who want to play better than their peers. Best thing to happen is that my students have started coming early to schools so that they can play in the morning hours. Even during the free time, earlier the classroom would turn noisy but now we see students playing with the games. I have begun to use toys as an incentive to manage their conduct in classroom.
– School Teacher, Ahmedabad
Their daily quota of milk and breakfast and return to their homes. After the toys came in, kids began to stay at anganwadi premises for longer period of time. They play with toys along with other kids and, in the process, they develop their cognitive and social skills. Earlier they would get physical nutrition, now they also receive mental nutrition.
Toys are a great asset in mini angwanwadis where a single person is responsible for cooking and taking care of kids. To illustrate, my workload has reduced greatly since the kids play while I cook. Our Anganwadi is very close to a highway road and I was worried if the kids will go to the highway, but now I do not have to worry as they remain busy indoors by the toys. Kids’ attendance has also increased.
– Ms.Nirmalaben, AWW, Gujarat
Educational toys have been great help to unruly kids. For example, word games have helped them to learn new words and spell them well. The jigsaw puzzle pieces facilitate students to work in groups and build team-work. This unconventional method of learning has made them enjoy their lea rning.
– Charu, AWW, Gujarat
Children in the village of Kaprada are suffering from high levels of malnutrition. Usually, kids would collect their daily quota of milk and breakfast and return to their homes. After the toys came in, kids began to stay at anganwadi premises for longer period of time. They play with toys along with other kids and, in the process, they develop their cognitive and social skills. Earlier they would get physical nutrition, now they also receive mental nutrition.Toys are a great asset in mini angwanwadis where a single person is responsible for cooking and taking care of kids. To illustrate, my workload has reduced greatly since the kids play while I cook. Our Anganwadi is very close to a highway road and I was worried if the kids will go to the highway, but now I do not have to worry as they remain busy indoors by the toys. Kids’ attendance has also increased.
– – Ms.Nirmalaben
The anganwadis we cater to exist in remote, tribal areas of Kalam tai, borpadav, rupli pura, and kandiya. These villages are about 12 kilometers away from main roads. These anganwadis never had toys earlier and kids too were unwilling to come there. But now after receiving toys, these centres are bustling with enthusiastic kids. More than 350 children across six villages are receiving benefits because of toy bank.
– Anganwadi Worker, Madhya Pradesh
Kamal Kharkwal from Khalkadiya Vollage in Champavat District, Uttarakhand says, “We never had the opportunity to play any of these games. I am happy that we have received these games in our villages. I like playing chess the most as it is a very competitive game and requires focus and attention”
In the strive to break gender barriers using toys, we have always ensured that the Toy Kits consist of a mixture of toys irrespective of the gender of the children it is being created for. This photo re-affirms our belief that gender stereotypes are shaped by the society.
This picture is from one of our Toy Libraries created in Bihar.