Children in Coimbatore make toys from trash during lockdown

Every morning, Mohammed Mifzal, a category seven pupil of Sree Narayanaguru School in Coimbatore, sits cross-legged surrounded by discarded newspapers, a pair of scissors, glues, paints, plastics and different junk he finds at house. For the following few hours he snips, and rolls paper items with gum, and transforms them right into a toy or an ornamental piece. “I just finished making a jeep in military green colour,” he giggles. He has made automobiles, bikes, scooters and a JCB automobile! Mifzal turns discarded plastic bottles into flower vases and tries his hand at artwork on glass bottles. “I use a rolling method where I shape newspapers with gum to get the desired shape of a vehicle. During the COVID-19 lockdown, I got bored. I got the idea to make something creative when I watched some YouTube tutorials on do-it-yourself toys from trash.”

Mohammed Mifzal (from left) and his siblings Famna and Basil
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Mifzal explains that the exercise is enjoyable and can also be good for the setting. “ We have cut down on sending waste to the landfill. We also get to decorate our home with artwork made entirely from junk,” he says. His siblings Basil and Famna additionally be part of him in up-cycling.

A flower vase made with junk materials

The kids have grow to be celebrities in Selvapuram the place they reside after a TV channel showcased their expertise. His father, PMA Faizal, says that kids in their neighbourhood are eager to be taught. “We have told them to come after the lockdown period. During the activity, children stay focussed and think creatively as they give shape to their ideas. And, there is no need to buy any new stationery!”

Toys made with discarded newspapers

Mifzal’s mom, F Fazeena, says the lockdown has given them further time to work on their extra-curricular abilities. “They make something valuable, and learn lessons in mathematics and science too as they work with shapes, proportion, and balance. It’s a great learning experience.”

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