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Dec 4, 2018

Play and Play till you Learn!

Making 'Play' inclusive
Making 'Play' inclusive

An American Academy of Pediatrics’ clinical report, published in August 2018, quotes from Robert McElvaine’s, The Great Depression: “The most powerful way children learn isn’t only in classrooms or libraries but on playgrounds and in playrooms.”

'Play' is essential for the development of social, emotional, language, and cognitive skills—and play is threatened by academic expectations, mobility limitations, and screens. Today’s academic and social atmosphere is filled with academic expectations, mobility limitations, and digital screens. This restricts exploration and wholesome learning. 'Play' is vital in breaking out of these monotonous mundane lifestyles and help develop social, emotional, language, and cognitive skills, which in turn buildwell-roundedd children.

Outreach in September, October and November 2018: 

The months of September, October and November witnessed a massive boost in advocating and propagating the Power of Play. 

369 Toybank Play Sessions have been conducted in the last 3 months impacting 9344 children in urban and rural regions of Maharashtra.

4 Special Play Sessions were conducted which impacted 209 children. 2 Football Sessions were conducted for 49 children. 1 session was conducted by Dale Carnegie’s team that addressed the importance of effective communication and soft skills to 60 of our children.
1 Special Session was held on Children’s Day, where 100 children. The day was filled with activities and games for these children.

177 Teachers have been trained through 7 Teacher Trainings to inculcate Play in the overall development of children. The teachers were sensitized about the Power of Play through interactive sessions about free play activities and Board Games.

Replacement of games and play material was done in 50 Urban and 8 Rural Toybank Play centers to restore the stock with new and innovative toys and games.

Toybank conducted 8 PLAY Impact Awareness Campaigns for 554 individuals from different backgrounds.

Volunteer Action Events: 

A multinational corporate organizes an annual event ‘Impact Day’ in the month of November. Every year they partner with Toybank to conduct Play Sessions at the Toybank Play Centers. This event is a huge opportunity for Toybank to distribute games to a large number of children in a day. 7 Play Sessions were conducted by 112 employees in 5 Toybank Play centers. 308 children experienced a magical day through this!

Kerala Flood Relief work:

Toybank along with the support from Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, initiated a large scale effort to collect, pack and deliver toys to flood affected Anganwadis of Kerala in August 2018. HealthSpring, a health care provider helped us in setting up collection booths at their centers spread across Mumbai, where donors could have easy access to donate the toys.
15 collection boxes garnered game donations from caring citizens across Mumbai! Toybank also purchased over 600 brand new games which provide intellectual stimulation along with fun.

Awards and Recognitions: 

We are also thrilled to announce that Toybank has been honored with the Spirit of Humanity Awards in the Child Care Category making us the National Winners 2018. It was a grand moment for the whole team! We are truly proud of supporters like you, who help us make a meaningful impact in the lives of so many children.

Moment of Change:

Amey (name changed), a child at our play center in Mankhurd has mild cerebral palsy, which is a physical condition that affects muscle movement and coordination. When he plays, he refuses to use his left hand because he assumes it doesn’t function at all. Although, his left hand simply functions and is less stronger than his right hand. 

During one of the play sessions, Amey was playing Jumping Monkey with another kid. The game involves a tree, a catapult, a couple of monkeys and bananas. Usage of both hands are required to play - one to hold the catapult in place and the other to flip the monkey onto the tree. Whoever manages to get all four monkeys on the tree gets the bananas. 

Amey wasn’t using his left hand and struggled to play the game. He saw the other player getting the monkeys on the tree with ease using both hands. After observing for a while, he brought his left hand ahead but was hesitant to use it. We encouraged him a bit to use it to at least hold the catapult’s base. He tried it out and successfully managed to get his monkeys on the tree. Only until he was encouraged to try it out did he realize that the left hand did function.

These small achievements mean the world to differently-abled children. Disability is a state of mind. Play enabled him to recognize his abilities. At Toybank, we recognize inclusivity and opportunity in play. We encourage kids to try different games and figure out what they are best able to achieve.

Learning to Play the game!
Learning to Play the game!
'Power of Play' training for Teachers
'Power of Play' training for Teachers
Toybank were the National Winners 2018!
Toybank were the National Winners 2018!
Using 'Play' to dissolve gender biases
Using 'Play' to dissolve gender biases
Sep 11, 2018

When you Play, the world is a Happier place!

It is not yours, It is not mine. Toybank is Ours!
It is not yours, It is not mine. Toybank is Ours!

Dear Toybanker,

Just like the season in Mumbai, Toybank has been raining with Activities! The months of June, July, and August had come in with fun along with responsibilities. Toybank has believed in Development through Play and teaching through the medium of toys, games and unstructured Play for children. 

Outreach:

Since the beginning of the quarter, we have conducted 287 Play Sessions at our centers across Mumbai, impacting 7656 children. Special Football Session was conducted at Gilderlane Municipal School by a passionate Toybank volunteer.

7 Teacher Training sessions were conducted where 54 teachers understood the Power of Play as a method to teach their students. 91 of our Urban and Rural Play centers have been restored with new and innovative games. 54 new centers have been set up in the urban and rural regions of Maharashtra.

We conducted 7 Impact Awareness Campaign for 245 individuals from every sector. 2 Distributions were conducted across 3 centers in Mumbai wherein 50 volunteers participated and 177 children received toys and games to call their own.

Program:

Toybank has introduced 2 themes for the year to drive unstructured Play.

1) Anger Management – The theme has been adapted to address the aggression and the anger that the children display at this age.

2) Habit Formation – this theme was introduced so that children indulge in forming good habits and are aware of their bad habits in the early age itself.

Through our Play2Smile program, we have collaborated with 3 hospitals driving the Power of Play to 268 children undergoing treatments. We have also partnered with International Baccalaureate Schools, catering to their CAS Programme where the children to fulfill their Social Responsibility are conducting Play Sessions at low-income schools. This programme will help the CAS children become more empathetic and aware about the ground reality.

Toybank celebrated the ‘World Play Day’ with the young at heart residents of Jeevan Asha Old Age Home. The day not only included toys and games for the aged but also them dancing to the tunes of music performed by the Toybank Volunteers.

Moments of Change: (in the words of our volunteer)

"During a play session, one of Toybank’s field officer had planned on playing Ring Ding Whoosh as an activity. The activity was chosen as it helps in increasing focus among kids and simultaneously teaches numbers. I started the session by explaining to them the rules of the activity and everyone seemed excited to learn the new activity. In the session, there was a kid, Arjun (name changed). The kid lacked focus and did not show interest in playing games which was displayed in the previous sessions as well. The teacher of the class also had the same opinion. But as soon as the activity started, this kid really amazed the onlookers. Every time he had to say a number or perform the action, he did it effortlessly. It is safe to say that Arjun was playing better than the rest of the children. Arjun who was the most active actually displayed excellent focus, concentration and even helped others to remember their numbers. Later on, the teacher who thought that he will be among the first to be out were surprised by the change of events. His friends also supported and cheered for him when they got out. Every time when he was saying the right number with the right action, there was a wide smile on my face. Seeing him playing with confidence, focus and most of all trying to perform well in itself was the magical part of the session."

Toybank through similar process help children overcome the barriers to their healthy development. We are able to do this because supporters like you contribute to the cause. We would like to thank you for your endless encouragement and contribution. Please do hit the donate button on our Project page. You can also rate our report at the bottom of this page. We look forward to your continued support to ensure that all children in India are given this opportunity for healthy development.

Volunteer conducting activities with the children
Volunteer conducting activities with the children
Roaring away to glory!!
Roaring away to glory!!
Intense Play sessions!
Intense Play sessions!
Teachers understanding the Power of Play
Teachers understanding the Power of Play
Kids, Volunteers... everyone wants to Play!
Kids, Volunteers... everyone wants to Play!
Jun 20, 2018

Power of Play - A Way of Life

Building an 'Ideal Village' - POP Championship
Building an 'Ideal Village' - POP Championship

Dear Toybank Supporters,

We have had an amazing kick-off to the financial year 2018-19! Wishing it to be a progressive one for all of us. Toybank is always enthusiastic to share its reports on GlobalGiving, as this platform has always been a strong support system for us. The months of March, April, and May 2018 at Toybank have been refreshing and innovative.

Through our Play Sessions, we delve into the Right to Play for children and also teach through the medium of toys, games and plenty of unstructured Play. In these three months, we have conducted 208 Play Sessions at our centres across Mumbai, reaching out to 5164 children.
8 Teacher Training sessions were conducted where 91 teachers understood how to drive the Power of Play to their children. We also replenished games at 25 of our Urban and Rural Play centres to restock them with new and innovative games to suit each child’s need. A Special Frisbee Session was conducted by our volunteer, Craig – an ardent Toybank Supporter at Malvani, Malad.

We conducted 1 Impact Awareness Campaign for 20 individuals from all walks of life. A Distribution was held at Durga Devi Sharma School for 80 children who received beautiful games and toys.

In the month of April 2018, a Power of Play championship was organized at Beed district in Maharashtra. Toybank as Organizers, Child Action as Sponsors and Manavlok as our non-profit partners, joined forces to conduct the inaugural Power of Play Championship in April 2018. 20 Schools, each sending teams of 4 children, totalling 80 children spread across Primary and Secondary students participated in the event.

The Power of Play Championship was much more than just a board game competition. It was about reinforcing the language and importance of play in the lives of children using play both as a distraction and a learning mechanism. An important aspect of the even for Toybank was reaching out to stakeholders like teachers to reiterate what exactly play can achieve. Toybank is looking towards the future to reach out to more stakeholders and continue to reinforce how PLAY impacts lives of children and everyone associated.

Here is what a volunteer had to say about her experience at the event: “There was learning happening all around; for us, for the teachers and for the children. You could see the powerful impact of Play"  - Reeba George, Volunteer

Moments of Change: (in the words of our field leader)

“Ganesh (name changed), a 12-year-old child, who lives in the interior slums of Malvani, Mumbai, was a part of the Summer Special Play Session. He was playing with ‘Toy Town’. During the span of the Play Session, I kept observing him as to what he is trying to make. Despite having an instruction manual on how to make palace, houses; he opted to make a Garbage Truck out of the Lego blocks. When asked what is it made for, he pointed out to a house made of Lego by his friend saying “Yeh truck jayega aur uss ghar se kachra collect karega aur dumping ground mai jaake daal dega” (This truck will go and collect the garbage from that house and dump it in the dumping ground.) All the while illustrating through the truck how it will go. He also made more objects from the Lego and started narrating more stories with them. It was very interesting to hear Ganesh’s pretend stories that were somehow related to the garbage truck.
This made me realize a game is not just limited to developing one certain skill set but has the capacity to develop a lot more than that. It has the capacity to develop and shape the child’s personality This puts across, the awareness the children have towards their surrounding and their willingness to contribute to making a change in the society.”

It is through Play that children learn to express their thoughts. We at Toybank will keep working for the children’s healthy development through the medium of PLAY.

We thank you once again for your kind contribution and to continue supporting us please do hit the donate button on our Project page. We look forward to your continued support to ensure that all children in India are given this opportunity to play, and in the process, help in their growth and development.

Focused & determined playing Building Blocks!
Focused & determined playing Building Blocks!
Happy & Proud at a Distribution event!
Happy & Proud at a Distribution event!
Happy & Free playing Frisbee!
Happy & Free playing Frisbee!
Our Field Leader Training our Teachers to Play!
Our Field Leader Training our Teachers to Play!

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