Child’s Play Meet 7 makers who create toys and conduct experiments using everyday objects

science and DIY for kids

Be it pebbles, shells, toothpaste caps, cardboard boxes and even used wrapping paper, while I was growing up these were a part of my ‘toys’. I would pick easy-to-find daily objects and transform them into some kind of a play thing, a project that could be done by myself or with a little help from a grownup. In contrast, nowadays, a child’s world of play is dominated by ‘off-the-shelf’ toys and most of them are …[Read more]

Sari Strategy #03 DIY, Repurpose with minimal waste

repurpose restyle recycle Sari sarong

In this concluding article on the Sari Strategy series, guest author Sathya Bhavana, the founder of ‘Re’vastra, shares artistic ways in which one can ReStyle pre-loved saris to make something new, ensuring minimal wastage of your heritage textile- all you need is some constructional techniques and excitement to try something new. The good news is that her technique can be applied to any pre-loved material which has a basic rectangular shape- a sarong from SriLanka, …[Read more]

Sari Strategy Repurposing #02- ‘Preventive’ not ‘curative’ design

repurpose saree sari poster

In part 2 of the Sari Strategy series, guest author Sathya Bhavana, the founder of ‘Re’vastra articulates how she plans all the Sari repurposing she does with the ultimate objective to create no waste! As she rightly says, her design strategy is ‘preventive’ not ‘curative’ so as to render it circular.  Namaskaram! In my previous story, one of the aspects I discussed was the ‘Recycling’ of a sari. It loosely ideated ways of shaping (read: …[Read more]

Upcycle│ Our ‘best’ indoor crafts ideas for the kid in you

upcycle waste kids craft

With the rains ever-so-often threatening to wash away holiday plans in Singapore, we realise that we all need to have some indoor activities planned for the times we are forced to (or choose to) stay home. While outdoor activities are our daily dose of exercise and fresh air, indoor activities allow our kids( and the the kid within us) to unleash their creative sides and try their hand at something new. (Of course, there are …[Read more]