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    Make your own puppets, printed bags and pencil rolls with these do-it-yourself kits

     

    Have your children had an overdose of summer camps? Maybe it is time you teach them something new and folksy, with something that comes out of a box. Expect squeals of delight with our round up of ‘do it yourself’ kits and, the best part, these games and activities expose your children to the rich heritage of folk art. Read on:
    —Mrinalini Sundar

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    A sequel of The Book Book by artist  Sophie Benini Pietromarchi, The Colour Book is a ‘do-it-yourself’ colouring book  that will transport children to a world of colour and collage artwork. At Rs. 700. Also look out for their Toys & Tales with Everyday Materials that shows kids how to make a range of unique toys—based on traditional folk toys from different parts of India—from everyday materials. Rs. 450. Details: tarabooks.com

    Rock and paint
    Coimbatore-based Rock Paper Scissors primarily focuses on workshops for kids that include screen printing on T shirts, greeting cards, paper bags and recycled bags. They are also planning to start printing on cloth bags and getting kids to print cloth napkins. The most popular, however, are their greeting cards kit (at Rs. 50) made from chart paper and screen printing ink. For kids above 10. Details: rockpaperscissors.in

    Pencil cut out
    Here is something to get your children more organised and yet have fun. Try these smart pencil rolls that can also be used to store IMG_2611your coloured pencils,crayons and paint brushes. Available in two sizes,  the kits come with coordinated fabric, ties and instructions. For kids above 12. Rs. 350. Details: the.square.inch@gmail.com

    Go traditional
    At Hobbistry.com, find the perfect activity kit for your child. Their Terracotta Art (for kids above 10) is fast moving. Also attractive are their quilled Indian elephants, scrapbooking kit, magnetic paint sets and fridge magnet quilling kits. Looking for something traditional? We recommend their Rajasthani puppetry kit or their Warli painting kit. At Rs. 200. Details: hobbistry.com

     

     

     

     

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