Toys that stimulate physical growth in both mind and body are termed as physical toys. Generally, all play is physical. There are plenty of toys available in this category in the market. They help in the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills and enhance creativity and thinking in children.
Physical toys are available in various materials like wood, cloth, paper, clay, metal, plastic, palm leaves, jute, etc. The wooden toys of Sawantwadi in Maharashtra, Kondapalli in Andhra Pradesh, Chennapatna in Karnataka, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh are famous worldwide. The clay toys from West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa reflect the rich Indian tradition in its toy. The coir toys from Orissa and Papier Mache toys from Pondichery are noteworthy. Toys from Bihar, Rajasthan, and Gujarat are rich in color and design.
The physical toys are available in plenty all across India. They enhance creativity and thinking in children while providing hours of fun. The vibrant colors used along with the traditional motifs painted on the toys help in keeping the folk tradition alive.