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Scrap Wood Boat Toys

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Boat toy made from scrap painted plywood

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Banca with katig (outrigger)

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Toy: Cassava Leaves

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Ifugao children walking home from school in Batad

These children and those before them that have passed me by on the paddy dike are holding cassava leaves by their stalks. They would discard the leaf blades and use the leaf stalks to make kwintas (necklace). I remember doing this when I was at their age.  

To these children, the mountain slopes, the rice paddies and the space underneath their houses are their playground.  Anything found within can be their toys like cassava leaves. They may not have those toys citified children have nowadays, but it’s not an unfavorable circumstance, for when it comes to objects that are used for play, it’s the imagination that counts. If a child can create something out of anything, then this sort of learned skill is even more favorable, and that makes manufactured and assembled toys not a big deal after all.

Sounding Bamboo

An array of sound producing bamboo implements as traditional entertainment or toys of Java children.

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Flute, bird whistle, top (will make sound when spun) and the unidentified one as seen in Malioboro street, Yogyakarta

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Doing bird whistling by blowing and moving the stick at the same time

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