Experts focus on the future of the toys and games industry | Ahmedabad News
Ahmedabad: They may look like toys for toddlers and children, but new age toys and games try to instill educational philosophies and develop players’ cognitive and motor skills. The International Toy Design and Innovation e-Symposium hosted by the National Institute of Design (NID) brought together national and international experts to elaborate on the present and future of the toys and games industry.
Dr Gayatri Menon, senior professor at NID and member of the organizing committee, said the event which started on September 22 will continue until October 7. “The virtual exhibit of over 40 toys and 60 projects can be viewed from the NID website,” she said.
During the inaugural session, Dr Pawan Sudhir, Head of the Art and Aesthetics Department at NCERT, spoke about the importance of play and toy-based pedagogy in the National Education Policy 2020. She also spoke about the need for Indian designs in this area. .
While Krister Svensson, president of the Sweden-based International Play Association, argued that playing and learning are two sides of the same coin, NID students shared their experience of working on various projects in the field to infuse educational principles into the toy and game design.
Toys and games for children with special needs were also developed in another session. Siegfried Zoels, a German expert, explained how such projects were promoted through international workshops, while Dr Romila Soni from NCERT advocated low cost DIY toys and raising awareness of the importance of toys.