World Play Day, Play2Learn Session and more in May
|A few children from Latur played at the Toybank Play2Learn Center after more than a year|
Complementing academic learning
|Children are keener to learn new topics through Play|
The downside of virtual learning is evident in many of our children, like Farman (name changed) who excelled in the traditional classroom. With the lockdown disrupting his routine, he was overwhelmed with the sudden changes and he struggled to keep up. As Farman missed playing and interacting with his friends, Toybank Play2Learn Sheets gave him new play activities to engage with. Encouragement from his teachers also enabled him to learn, study, and play independently. His teacher, Mr Sanket, tells us, “The play activities are strengthening Farman’s foundation in the subjects he struggled in.”
"Children are surrounded by negative news daily and stuck to screens for education. Playsheets are a great way to help them play, learn and enjoy their childhoods during vacations."
—Mahendra Vishwakarma, Teacher, Toybank Play2Learn Center, Latur
Visual memory and creativity through Play
|Shailesh used ingredients at home to make paints|
It was a month of creativity, as children also engaged with the craft games we distributed in April. Most of all, Shailesh (name changed) from Latur channeled the painter in him. With no source of income due to the pandemic, his parents, though encouraging of his hobby, couldn’t afford to buy him art material anymore. The Class 7 child was dejected, but in Toybank’s playsheets, he found substitutes to paints that were easily available at home—like kumkum for red, turmeric for yellow, and chalk for white. While Shailesh was elated that he could paint, we were gratified to receive ‘Fingerprint Name’ from him as he traced his name. The child also encouraged his classmates to explore their creativity through Toybank's Play2Learn Kit.