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Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning Answered

Great TEDtalk where Arvind Gupta discusses simple toys that are inexpensive and yet educational.  His enthusiasm as a toy inventor just beams from the presentation.

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Description from TED:
At the INK Conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves -- while learning basic principles of science and design.
Arvind Gupta is an Indian toy inventor and popularizer of science for kids. Creating simple toys out of trash and everyday goods, he illustrates principles of science and design in a memorably hands-on fashion. He works at the Children's Science Centre in Pune, India.

He's the author of numerous books available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages, including Little Toys, Science from Scrap, and Science Skills & Thrills: The Best of Arvind Gupta. His Low-Cost Equipment for Science and Technology Eduction is available as a PDF download through UNESCO.


Big download but worth it. I made a lot of that stuff as a kid. Actually, if I went into a big box toy store today, I can't find anything that sparks the imagination. It's hard to even find a chess set. You would do way better by just getting the big box the toys came in and using that.

Yes, I downloaded it last night, spent a happy half hour flicking through it before I went to sleep.

Definitely a great download. Awesome that TED linked it.