Agon, mimesis and chaos

The remarkabe endurance of play and games across centuries, generations, cultures and countries is quite a story. Both natural and man-made playgrounds change with geograohy, time, and necessity. Technology, culture, and interest change children’s toy choices, but...

Discovering the history of play

You can’t stop the future, You can’t rewind the past, The only way to learn the secret …is to press play.” ― Jay Asher After reading so much about this delightful, all-encompassing phenomenon called Play, I was intrigued to know the history...

Exploring creativity with ‘Wool’

Free play week is when the children are provided with one material in abundance, this week’s material was ‘Wool’. Describing her experience with the material, one of our interns shares, “I particularly loved each moment of this particular...

Mud clay= Fun and Play

During  Free play the children were given mud clay and were given the freedom to explore their creativity. One of our Interns shared how mud clay was used beautifully by the children at the Caravan. “Play with clay is one of the expressive art techniques,...

The little change……

Talking about the power of interaction and play, one of the Interns said, “Prabhu, who was rather aggressive last week, showed a great change in his attitude today. Although he did hit me every now and then, he realised that i wasn’t comfortable with it...

The Community walk experience….

Talking about the Community walk experience, one of the Interns said, “Since it was the community walk today…I walked with these two kids Ramesh and Suresh. I think I was wrong in one major thing….I was under this assumption that the kids if are...

Simple agenda of Life- ‘Sharing and Caring’

Sharing about her Caravan experience one of the Interns said, “There was this boy called Shiva constantly asking me whether I had lunch or what…. and then when students were having lunch…they even asked us volunteers too join them…felt like...

The NEW ‘Hide and Seek’

On being introduced to a revised version of Hide and seek, which involved greater interaction among the play-mates, one of the Intern responded saying, “Hide and seek was a brilliant idea and I saw that many volunteers got a chance to get closer to the kids. I...

Bringing out the best in children….

Tackle Caravan is a place where the children are allowed to express themselves in the context of unconditional acceptance and support, which in turn brings out the best in them. As one of our Interns said, “A small compliment and little encouragement can bring...

Free Play and Hidden Talents

Expressing her understanding of Free play, one of the Interns said, “Each child has different needs and interests. We should be able to identify it and encourage them. Free play helps us learn more from the children and about the children. By these free play...

The Little Teachers

Talking about how the children are amazing teachers, one of the Interns said, “More than what the kids get to learn from us….it’s the other way round. We get to learn so much from them. Today was helping few kids at the arts and craft...

Just express yourself……

Expressing her joy of dancing for the first time, one of the Interns said, “To a person who has always shied away from activities like dancing or any sort of things which need you to express yourself a lot. I have always been just an audience!  But today I...

I became a child again…..

One of the volunteers became nostalgic while expressing her thoughts, she said, “I learnt to be a child again. I learnt that you should do what you like with hesitation or be conscious of what other’s might think of you.”-Priyadarshini...

“Akka and Anna, we care about you”

When one of the volunteers felt dizzy, the children took great care of her. She says, “I realized that the kids really care about us. When I felt dizzy after playing a game, they asked me whether I was okay or not. They seemed concerned.”-Medha...

The much awaited Saturdays

Expressing her joy about the Caravan, one of the interns said, “I realized that the children really love us and wait for us to come every Saturday.  They really care about us and make sure that even we are happy. It really touched me when the kids showed so much...

We the Inspirations…

Reflecting on the Caravan, one of the Interns said, “I learnt that children pay attention to each and everything we do. The way we react and respond to them matters a lot. They learn from us. So we must make sure that we not only tell them what to do and what is right...

Pots of infinite talents and constrained sorrows

“Highlight of the Caravan this time was Heera, so talented and creative. He just came and sat next to me. He asked if he could do the craft stuff which everyone were doing. He ended up doing such great work. He was a very silent kid, but as soon as he was appreciated...

We are ‘Special’

At the Caravan every ‘Akka’ and every ‘Anna” is special and so are the kids. The joys that these interactions may bring are intangible. Recalling her experience an intern says “I was overwhelmed at this Caravan session as the girl who was teaching me how to make a...

Re-living my Passion

Tackle Caravan is not only a place where the interaction with the children, helps us understand them, but also a place where one is accepted just the way he/she is. One is given the freedom to engage in activities that heal the soul.“When I walked in through that gate...