I recently read about Kavade – a toy store in bangalore, which carries traditional and hand-made toys and games. And was pleasantly surprised with the stuff I found there.
I bought a little wooden maze for Ishaan, where he has to try and get all the little metal balls (about 3), into the inner most circle of the maze. We used to play this so much! I still can’t resist a quick round every time I spot it. And the good news was that he loved it too. I was profusely thanked many times – and then some more 🙂
After eyeing Muthu’s set, I was thrilled to find something similar. Knots and crosses zindabad.
I had taken Laila along, who promptly started playing with a set of weighing scales. So we bought it of course. She’s a bit bored with it now. Time to think up a new game around it..
The stitching kit on the other hand is a hit with us all – including the maid. Have also picked up a Madhubani painting kit for a little girl whose birthday is coming up.
Not cheap on the whole, but I think it’s nice to pay a little more and buy something ‘local’ – and different. It’s a place definitely worth checking out.
P.S. Loved a board game based on the Ramayan, for children 8 years and above. Was also dying to buy the ‘lagori’ set (remember seven stones?), but am scared of the violence it may unleash amongst a few 6 year olds I know.