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Growing up in Israel of the 70's, among orange orchards that long since been dozed down to make place for high rise apartment buildings, we used to invent our own games and make our own toys.
Today, while walking in the park I stopped by a bench to draw this sketch in my pocket notebook.
It came up as I thought about the toys and games Indian kids play and make these days in town and villages all over India. Coming to think of it, I never saw them making weapons. What I did see is mostly rolling games:
Running after a salvaged bicycle tire while pushing/balancing it with a stick.
Rolling a pair of empty coconut shells connected to a branch to form a hand cart.
Pulling a string guided cart made of scrap wood blocks or a basket weaved from bush branches (Here: http://jpgmag.com/photos/3231696 )
Rolling downhill in bearing-wheeled go-carts.
Or carving a cricket bat from a coconut palm stem... ( here:http://jpgmag.com/photos/3499216 )
Yes, for carving the toy they are very skilled at using tools like a machete but never using those as weapons or even crafting imitations.
Actually, most games they play are joint effort rather then competition.
We used to make rubber band shooter, paper missile blowers, rubber tip swords and slingshots.
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Also by Etan Doronne
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