We are still at chennai enjoying our last few days of vacation. Visiting lot of relatives, Atarah is always given money or clothes as a sign of love and blessing. Recently we visited my Uncle and family and they all gifted Atarah these traditional dolls and games, Before soft toys, plastic toys, computer games, mobile games came into existence, the kids played with all these. Life was less complicated that time isn't?
This traditional strategic game with skillful moves is encouraged for the kids to learn to count, to improve eye hand coordination and concentration while playing. This game enhances memory, observation skills, math and motor skills.
Choppu Saman (Kitchen Set) :
The wooden kitchen set painted colourful, it has traditional designs of grinding machines and utensils. So much better than the cheap plastic ones we get these days, Choppu Saman use to a be a treasure of every girls life those days but now it should be introduced to boys as well.
Marapachi Bomai(doll) :
These are traditional dolls made specifically of red sandalwood or red wood. As a tradition Marapachi dolls are a hereditary gift from mother to daughter. It is also given to newly couple for their children to play with. The significance of this particular gift is stated to be the medicinal quality of the wood. When a child kicks this plaything made of red sandalwood, the child's saliva derives an extract of the wood which goes to the child's digestive system and aids digestion.
These are definitely not as attractive as Barbies, Elsas and Hamleys, So kids might not show interest in the beginning but as they keep playing they will love this. I'm sure each state should have these type of traditional dolls and games, search for it and gift your kids.