Turning trash into toys with Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta

I’m a bit of a TED Talks addict. The topics are diverse, surprising and always interesting. For a small investment of time (the talks are generally less than twenty minutes) you will most certainly learn something new, memorable and thought provoking.

When I stumbled across Arvind Gupta’s TED presentation about how to turn rubbish into toys, I was amazed. Gupta shows how simple materials that are often thrown into the rubbish can be made into well-designed toys that kids can build themselves. And if that isn’t clever enough, building the toys also teaches basic principles of science and design at the same time. Bits of rubber tubing and matchsticks are the basis for a geometry or biology lesson, straws become a centrifuge and a pencil becomes a fan.

I won’t give away all of Gupta’s toy tricks but do watch out for the incredible Velcro and wool drawing device for blind children. Find out more about Arvind Gupta and his wonderful toys here.

Want more TED? We have featured a handful of TED Talks in the past, notably Jamie Oliver and Handspring Puppet Company.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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