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The Toy Shop
Today, I went out with friends to Commercial Street. We saw a nice toy shop tucked in the corner and it was stocked with an array of things that would make any child happy. Even I was tempted on seeing so many choices. 🙂
These days, whenever I have to buy a birthday gift (which seems to be too often, thanks to kiddo’s network of friends), I am always amazed and confused. There are too many choices offered. All items are attractively packed and presented. They tempt the viewer. They are supposed to have won awards and miraculously turn children into geniuses.
Parties today have also grown into lavish events. These days birthday parties are a big deal. Parents and children compete to throw elaborate theme-based parties. All these parties include complicated menus, entertainment, decorations and lavish return gifts.
Party decorations like balloons and streamers and goody bags have an exclusive shop. Planning a party? Well, you just need to come up with a theme. For example: Mickey Mouse, Barbie, Winnie – the Pooh, Race Cars, Dolphins etc. The shop would provide all the required things in the theme picked by you.
Me Then and Now
Seeing the toy shops and parties of today, reminded me of my own childhood. I grew up in time when there was limited access to shops and choosing things. There were very limited toys available in the market. Dolls and kitchen sets and skipping ropes, cars and trains and balls.
Birthday parties were a lot more simpler when I was growing up. It was all about enjoying the day. Mom would cook some delicacies at home and we would enjoy the food. Laughter and giggles and happiness will be abundant. Cake would be cut and distribute among friends.
I lament over the fact that the days of simple gifts and parties are over. Today’s children (my kiddo included) live in a world overloaded with gifts and themes and perfection. I wonder what the next generation of kids will be like.
Maybe they will not even know the meaning of being simple. Simple is the new complicated.
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Play is at the heart of our business and for the young it’s a gateway to learning.
Children learn as they play.
Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.
O. Fred Donaldson
We developed the Toy Factory to build teams and give something back in the process. Teams are tasked with creating a handmade wooden toy. Which, if finished to a high standard can be donated to a needy child through one of our partner charities.
- Encourages small teams to produce something exceptional
- Is a practical way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility
- Suits groups from 6 to 600
- No specialist woodworking skills required
- Less than an hour required to set up in a conventional meeting room
- Creates a climate for significant conversations amongst participants
The Toy Factory allows participants to select a role that appeals to their natural talents, whether that be practical, artistic or creative.
- Cutting out and sanding components
- Gluing and painting components
- Final assembly
- Organising resources to meet production needs
- Team decision making
- Design and painting the finished toy
Shelter, Rainbow Trust, SOS Childrens’ Homes