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Museum Kolong Tangga: Toys 'r' us!

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Melbourne   /   Wed, May 30, 2018   /  11:17 am
Museum Kolong Tangga: Toys 'r' us! Congklak is a type of board game which we think is typically Indonesian. Called dacon in the West, it exists in other countries, and originates from Central Africa. (Shutterstock/File)

Did you have a favorite toy when you were a child? A teddy bear, doll, train, Lego set or something more unique?

I had all of these and much more, but what I remember most were the most simple and traditional ones I made myself: a car made from the thick skin ofjeruk Bali (pomelo fruit), or necklaces made from cassava leaf stalks. Traditional toys then were made mostly from wood, bamboo, metal, clay, cloth or paper. Now it’s plastic, plastic, plastic!

Who doesn’t know what toys are? They are objects with unimaginable diversity of shapes, types and sizes, that children play with. Many have an educational component, but did you know to what extent? From Wikipedia I found out, they help children “discover their identity, make their bodies grow strong, learn cause and effect, explore relationships and practice skills they will need as adul...

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