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Play on the Line - a global home-made toy making project

HEC’s Play on the Line global toy-making project was based around promoting parental involvement in the making of and playing with toys with their children.

This project comes out of our Play on the Line non-fiction big book which is based around the right to play. The purpose of the toys project is to focus on how creating and playing with home-made toys supports the development of children’s learning, manual dexterity, imagination, cooperation and interaction with adults both in the UK and Southern countries.

The home-made toys were created from everyday items, found all over the world that are normally thrown away, such as plastic bottles. The outcome of the project is Global Toy Boxes for loan to Tower Hamlets schools which will contain examples of toys made from everyday objects that are played with by young children from Bangladesh, Gambia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Palestine and refugees from Western Sahara.  

This is accompanied by a booklet of information compiled from interviews with parents from these communities, and here in Tower Hamlets, about the similarities and differences between the toys children make and play with today and those that they used to play with as children.

If you would like to borrow the toys or get a copy of our (big book sized) Play on the Line book find out more about the Play on the Line home-made toys project contact HEC.