Toys from trash

Jan 17, 2013, 10:43 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

Learn to craft toys from recycled waste material at a new workshop in Pune

The adage ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ will be proved true at a recycling workshop in the city. At the session, the instructors Ashok Rupner and Dr Vidula Mhaiskar will teach participants how to use the simplest objects from around your home, things that we discard everyday to create toys that will appeal to people of all ages.

Homemade puzzle. Representation Pic

Reduce, reuse and recycle for greener living is the motto of this workshop. Participants will be expected to use everyday waste including newspapers, strings and drinking straws to craft toys by applying simple scientific principles.

Photo frame made from trash

At the end of the two-hour workshop, participants will be able to take home toys of their own creation and learn some lesser known aspects of science in the process.

Dr Mhaiskar has acquired a PhD in Immunology at Haffkine Institute in Mumbai and has a Post-Doctorate from Stanford, California. She started working at the Children’s Science Centre at IUCAA. She has conducted over 1,000 workshops in making simple science models with readily available materials.

Post an MSc in physics, Rupner worked in Vigyan Vahini, a mobile science lab for eight years, and visited over 1,500 rural schools in Maharashtra. For the past eight years he has been working at the IUCAA Science Centre and has been instrumental in documenting over 700 science experiments in the form of photographs and films.

Dr Mhaiskar and Rupner work with Arvind Gupta, an Indian toy inventor and scientist to conduct workshops. Dr Mhaiskar says that they organise activities that combine science and maths. “We make toys from throwaway materials, so it becomes more interesting. All subjects can be learnt through fun activities, is our motto. We conduct science workshops in schools as well. I expect a huge response for this workshop. Learning is fun and should be kept fun is what we teach here,” she says.

DIY crafts
Picture Frames

> Cardboard
> Macaroni ( the more shapes you have the better)
> Glue
> Gold paint (optional)
> A picture
How to make
Cut the cardboard 1 inch wider than the picture, all the way around. Draw a line for where the picture will be located. Hand the kids the glue and macaroni. Apply the glue on the cardboard and stick the macaroni pieces. When it has dried up you can paint the macaroni gold. When everything is dry carefully paste the picture into place.
HomeMade Puzzles
> Used cardboard
> Razor type knife
> Ruler
> Scissors
> Glue
> Crayons or paint
How to make

> Divide your cardboard into two equal pieces. Cut out a square, a circle, triangle and rectangle from one piece. Place the cut out template over the other piece of cardboard and pencil trace the openings. To help match the shapes and colours you can colour the base spots to match the cut out pieces. Tape or glue the two pieces of cardboard together. Put in the pieces when dry.
> Another type of puzzle can also be made by gluing a picture to a piece of cardboard and cutting it apart into different shapes. It’s easiest if you pencil in the cutting lines on the back of the cardboard. 

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