Blocks, puzzles, puppets: Modi govt releases policy paper on toy-based education for school children

New Delhi: Blocks, puzzles, masks, puppets and sending art are some of the things that will now be taught to schoolchildren. To help school children in the age group of 3 to 18 years to understand the basic concepts of science and mathematics and develop motor skills to facilitate their small tasks, the central government has come up with a toy-based education scheme.

The policy document released by the education ministry on Wednesday is in line with the new National Education Policy 2020, which suggests experiential learning for children of all ages.

The policy paper says: “When we talk about toys in school education, we particularly focus on home-made toys and games. Toys like peolla, also known as lattu (top), phirki (spinning wheel), kite , dug-dugie, phirni (pinwheel), magic card, flying bird, magic snake etc. Children love these games and toys very much.

In addition, it says: “The help of curriculum developers is needed to identify which games and toys will be appropriate according to the age of the child and the different subjects.”

The government is also looking to revive some of the old traditional games like Gilli Danda, Chaupar (a traditional form of board game) and Kabaddi among children.

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