Play materials with an Indian context, 2001

In the early years when Sutradhar began its work, children were alienated from the books and toys available. Most learning resources did not relate to the child’s cultural and natural environment.

Based on the ideas of educator Indira Swaminathan, Sutradhar fabricated the Kite lotto with patterns of the different kites of Hyderabad; and a two-sided Rangoli domino game based on everyday rangoli patterns. These games encourage preschoolers to observe colours, shapes, numbers and forms. A set of flash cards of Indian fruit and vegetables was also printed. The photographs are realistic and have proved very popular with children.