Toys have fascinated all of us as children. They entertain us with their attractive colours and engage us with their uniqueness. They also double up as a good medium of stress-free learning. In our times toys were simple, entertaining and free from digital involvement. Probably that’s why we used to spend more time with our toys and engaged in physical activities. However today, the market is flooded with cheap Chinese goods made with toxic materials. They are not good for your child’s health and don’t last long.
Isn’t it time you put your foot down and say “No” to this senseless practice? Why make India a dumping ground for cheap Chinese goods when you have a better option? The time has come to seek inspirations from Channapatna, the wooden toy capital of India.
Once, I was travelling to Bengaluru on my way back from a forest holiday. On my way, I passed through Channapatna a small town in Karnataka that was famous for wooden toys. I was surprised to see a lot of toy shops on my way as they grabbed my attention, big time. I got to know about this wonderful town through my driver who accompanied us. Since he belonged to that place he was in a better position to feed my curiosity of this unique town that created history with bulk manufacturing wooden toys.I decided to drop by a toy shop recommended by him to have a look. And what I saw took me by surprise!I had never seen such a huge collection of neatly stacked wooden toys and collectibles in my life. I spent almost two hours admiring their beauty and quality. All toys here were different yet they had a distinct similarity in the way they were made and the magical mix of bright colours they come with. A character you will find nowhere else.
Channapatna’s obsession with wooden toy creation dates back to the era of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train locals with the art of making wooden toys. These toys were usually made with ivory wood and hand painted by the villagers in large numbers. You will be surprised to know that there are no huge toy factories in Channapatna. Over here people work in small sheds or from their homes and sell their finished goods in the open market.
Channapatna toys have a distinct character and you can easily recognize them the moment you take a glance. The bright colours, the artistic hand finished contours, the amazing flexibility of wooden creations and the unlimited joys of owning a piece of cherished childhood makes these toys an exciting gifting option. Right from rattles, beautiful dolls, trains, musical toys, abacus and spinning tops to all wood trains, motorcycles, engines, puzzles, wooden bangles and indoor games, Channapatna offers a wide array of gifting options for kids of all age groups. Even adults can pick and choose from an array of wooden wonders including pen stands, desk top adornments, key-chains, show pieces, wooden pens, puzzles, wooden spoons, utensils, chess board and many more options, all available at surprisingly low prices. Channapatna toys are available online at channatoys.com. People living in Belgaluru can directly visit the place as it’s just a 2-hr drive from there. By choosing Channapatna toys as a gifting option you not only promote the regions ancient toy-making culture but also add value to the gifting experience you give your loved ones.