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Pumps from the Dump [775KB]
Suresh Vaidyarajan & Arvind Gupta; Illustrations by: Avinash Deshpande
“Making pumps will bring great joy; For each of them is a working toy; Play with them and get a feel; What's a valve and what's a seal.” Here are some ways of making pumps from easily available materials.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Toy Treasure [416KB]
Arvind Gupta; Illustrations by: Avinash Deshpande
Children love toys. They love them all the more if they shape them and make them with their own hands. It is also a lot easier for them to make toys from materials around them. This book shows how.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Thumbprints [1.72MB]
Arvind Gupta
"Thumbprints" is a collection of simple and exquisite pictures that can be drawn using ones thumbprints.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Little Science [1.9MB]
Arvind Gupta; Illustrations by: Avinash Deshpande
Children understand better if they experience things. They understand science principles better if they see them in some toy or are able to relate them to a real life experience. This booklet lists a few innovative experiments for learning science and mathematics.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Little Toys [537KB]
Arvind Gupta; Illustrations by: Avinash Deshpande
It is an irony of modern consumerism that junk products are packed in tough cartons. While the frail human body consumes and digests the junk, it is the environment that has to grapple and reckon with the tough, non-biodegradable waste. And, in the process, humans become sick and the environment decays. Today we can see city parks littered and garbage dumps overflowing with tetra packs and plastic of various kinds. An attempt has been made in the book to show how some of this modern junk can be recycled into joyous toys.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

The Toy Bag [683KB]
Arvind Gupta; Illustrations by: Avinash Deshpande
A collection of science toys that can be easily made out of simple materials found around us.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Matchstick Models And Other Science Experiments [975KB]
Arvind Gupta
Children learn by doing. They learn a great deal by tinkering & pottering, playing with or simply messing things around them. It is in these free acts that children familiarize themselves with the properties of a lot of common things and everyday phenomenon.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

Ten Little Fingers - Ideas and Activities in Science [1.82 MB]
Arvind Gupta; Illustrations by: Avinash Deshpande
This is a collation of innovative toys and science activities which the author has tried and tested in more than one thousand schools over the past twenty years. With detailed illustrations, each activity is clearly depicted. Children do not need fancy laboratories and expensive equipment for doing science activities. There is much, which can be done using throwaway things found at home. Only when children use ordinary things do they realise the relevance of science in everyday life.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

String Games [838 KB]
Arvind Gupta; Illustrations by Avinash Deshpande
String Games provides step-by-step instructions with illustrations for making diverse and interesting string figures. The fun-filled figures created by using strings of all sorts not only augment memory and imagination of young children but also enrich their hand-eye coordination.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

HANDS ON - Ideas and Activities [2.22 MB]
Arvind Gupta; Illustration by Avinash Deshpande
The great pioneers of science did their work with simple equipment. It is possible to follow their footsteps and do science without much expensive and elaborate apparatus. After all, the student’s mind is the most precious piece of equipment involved! This book -- a collation of some interesting activities like geometry by paper folding, toys, tangrams, pumps, caps, experiments, and simple science models -- shows possibilities of doing science with simple things. These activities are interspersed with inspiring stories on education, peace, environment and mathematics. More than one thousand line drawings illustrate the text.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

The Littlest Rabbit [Hindi] [1.01 MB]
Robert Kraus; Hindi Translation by Arvind Gupta
This is the story of a rabbit, a teeny weeny one, called the littlest rabbit. The story explores the world around by comparing things big and small. It also traces the anxiety littlest rabbit has and the difficulty it faces on being small.
Contributed by: Arvind Gupta

The Story of Solar Energy [18.1 MB]
Arvind Gupta, Illustrations: Reshma Barve
A non-technical, picture book that speaks to children about the life giving Sun and how people over the ages have found ways of harnessing its energy.
Arvind Gupta

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