The invention of toys in India took place during the Indus Valley Civilization, approximately 8,000 years ago. The original toys comprised whistle-shaped parrots, toy monkeys with long hands to slide down a rope or stick and miniature farm carts. All these toys were made from natural materials such as bamboo sticks, hay, and natural clay like soil, rocks, and fibre cloth. However, today, the advent of progressive technology and mechanism has stimulated companies to produce fresh and inventive toys. Soon, owing to the new revolution of ‘Local se Vocal’, India is anticipated to become the global hub by 2025-2030.
The Indian toy sector is expanding on the shoulder of a growing young population, rising disposable incomes, and a slew of innovations for the junior population base. The industry stands on the cusp of significant opportunities in every toy segment such as electronic toys, puzzles, construction and building toys, dolls, ride-ons, sports and outdoor play toys, infant/pre-school toys, and activity toys.
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India is the next potential Toy Capital of the World!
According to the latest available date, India’s share in the global toy market is less than 1% and is worth Rs. 5,000-6,000 crore (US$ 678.30-813.96 million). A report by the IMARC, a market research company, stated that the Indian toy sector will cross the US$ 3.3-billion mark by 2024 at a CAGR of 13.3% between 2019 and 2024.Check out the full Indian Toy Story report here - IBEF - The Indian Toy Story
These are the kind of toys made from cloth & are stuffed with a soft material making it pleasant to hold.
These toys use technology which makes them more accessible allowing children to engage in wonderful play activities.
Puzzle and games allow children to exercise problem solving, pattern recognition, organization and/or sequencing skill sets to play.
The underlying principle of construction toys is basically to assemble. A series of basic components are provided in such toys, which are designed to allow children to create objects of their own & later be taken apart again and rebuilt as something different. Construction toys help enhance creativity in children.
Dolls are models of humanoid characters, often used as toys for little kids.
A ride on toy refers to a toy that can be ridden on. Even though some of these toys require the child to sit or stand on them, they are still referred to as ride on toys.
Sports or outdoor toys help kids to explore the natural environment and go on adventures through the medium of tasks.
Toys and play items suitable for preschool-age kids include: large and small transportation toys; cuddly toy animals; simple musical instruments; farm and zoo animal sets, tricycles etc.
Toys that encourage a hands-on playing opportunity are known as activity toys. They help in enhancing the motor skills in children while polishing their hand-eye coordination
Toys that are rooted in traditional motifs and are manufactured locally, since time immemorial, are termed Atmanirbhar Toys. They are a symbol of self-reliance and originality sprouting from India's culturally rich regions.
These toys are authentic to their region of origin and process of manufacturing. They have been recognized with the coveted GI (Geographical Indication) tag which enhances their credibility on a global stage.