Puzzles, Books and Toys for 7-11 year olds

posted Nov 9, 2017, 12:10 AM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 12:20 AM ]
This is a notice which we put up in our primary school to encourage parents to purchase books, toys and movies to create a good learning environment for young kids at an age where they can imbibe a lot of new ideas. Parents looking for ideas to educate their young ones might find some of these ideas. 

Books, Movies, Toys and Learning Kits are very important!

Dear Parents


A child spends only about 6 hours in school, for 175-200 days a year. Much of the learning happens at home.

So it is very necessary to create a good environment at home, where the child can learn a lot without the supervision of teachers or parents.

Books and movies are extremely important, both for exposure and for improving English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Having the right toys and kits is also extremely important, to help develop important spatial, logic, mathematical and scientific skills.

We are recommending some books, movies and toys on a class-by-class basis. You do not have to buy all of them together - the aim is, to buy or watch or read a few books/movies/toys at a time, but to use them well, and to learn something from them.


The minds of young kids need to be stimulated in many different ways. An appropriate collection of books, toys, movies and board games can expose a kid to a world of new ideas and thoughts.

Experiential learning, experimental learning and learning via play are all things which can happen within the home - these are not necessarily experiences which can be catered to by academic pedagogy of the school which a child attends.


The rubix cube is something which can trigger logical, spatial and visualization skills apart from just keeping a kid hooked constructively.

Tangrams can provide a structured way for young kids to understand geometry and see it come to life in a practical way.

Mechanix sets can bring out the creator and next car-designer!


For students of Class 1 and 2



  • Noddy Stories (with plenty of illustrations)  

  • The Ladybird Read Aloud Series  

  • Panchatantra Tales/ Karadi Tales  

  • Jataka Tales  

  • Adventures of Pinocchio  

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter  



For students of Class 3

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  • Graphic novels: Amar Chitra Katha (To explore the world of historical and Mythological stories)  

  • Stories by Ruskin Bond e.g. The Blue Umbrella, Grandfather’s Private Zoo  

  • The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum  

  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton  

  • The Water Babies – Charles Kingsley  

  • Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

  • The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graham  

  • Roald Dahl’s Children’s Books (e.g. The Witches, Matilda etc.)  

  • Heidi – Johanna Spyri  

  • Star stuff – Carl Sagan – Stephanie Suss Rison  

  • Truckers: The First Book of the Nomoes – Terry Pratchett



For Children of Class IV  


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  • Ruskin Bond’s Children’s Books  

  • Feluda Stories – Satyajit Ray  

  • Black Beauty – Anna Sewell  

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll  

  • The Adventures of Robin hood  

  • Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling  

  • The Railway Children – Edith Nesbit  

  • Roald Dahl’s Children’s Books- (James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory etc.)  

  • Black Beauty- Anna Sewell  

  • Graphic novels: Amar Chitra Katha (To explore the world of historical and Mythological stories)




For Children of Class V


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  • Rabindranath Tagore’s stories/poems such as Kabuliwala

  • Ruskin Bond Omnibus/ Stories for Children  

  • Gulliver’s Travels – Swift (Abridged)

  • Peter and Wendy (Peter Pan) – J. M. Barrie  

  • Adventures of Don Quixote (Abridged) – Miguel D Cervantes  

  • A Little Princess/ The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Bennett  

  • Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott (Abridged)  

  • Treasure Island – RL Stevenson  

  • The call of the Wild – Jack London  

  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (Abridged)  

  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens (Abridged)  

  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe  

  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas  

  • Graphic novels/ comics: Tin Tin  

  • Graphic novels: Amar Chitra Katha (To explore the world of historical and Mythological stories)  

  • Auto/biographies of great men such as Gandhi Ji, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nelson Mandela  The diary of Anne Frank/Zalata







Recommended Toys for Class 3, 4, 5 students


Rubix Cube

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Tangrams

Mechanix Sets

Student Microscope

Telescope for Children


Electromagnetic Set for Children







Good Movies for Children of Class 1 and 2



Charlotte's Web (2006)

Finding Nemo

Frozen

Lilo and Stitch

My Neighbor Totoro

Toy Story (1995)

WALL-E

Beauty and the Beast

The Iron Giant

The Lego Movie

The Lion King

The Sound of Music

The Wizard of Oz









Good Movies for Children of Class 3, 4, 5

Charlotte's Web (2006)

Finding Nemo

Frozen

Lilo and Stitch

My Neighbor Totoro

Toy Story (1995)

WALL-E

Beauty and the Beast

The Iron Giant

The Lego Movie

The Lion King

The Sound of Music

The Wizard of Oz

Whale Rider

Spider-Man

Sense and Sensibility

Remember the Titans

October Sky

Hidden Figures

Superman: The Movie

It's a Wonderful Life

Mad Hot Ballroom

Fly Away Home

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope