Another bunch of kids decided to make a Beyblade (Japanese spinning top) from waste newspapers and once the flue / paint dried, there was a friendly beyblade battle at the end of the workshop.
Started by, Rakesh Kumar, Upcycle Artz is an eco-friendly initiative that makes eco-friendly products and also conducts awareness campaigns and hands-on workshops for students and communities about the environmental issues.
“Usually, kids are accompanied by parents to the car free Sunday zone and parents end up giving some perspective on recycle etc. either before or after the kid’s hands-on engagement. Though street workshops bring the child and the parent together, they get to check out if this is of interest and if they want to do some intense yet fun engagements in terms of series of two-hour workshops.
This is also to encourage individual freedom in creativity and though the basic steps that a kid would take to construct a product would be same, the end product could be entirely based on imagination. We have kids creating walkie-talkie or a bicycle,” says Rakesh, adding, “Activities like these create a sense of independence in thinking and expression. Here, parents appreciate a value-based engagement for kids.”
Upcycle Artz has come out with doit-yourself kits for making products from waste newspaper. Each kit will have materials such as newspaper rolls, paint, brush, glue along with step by step instruction sheet with pictures to show how to make products.