A group of children intently stared at the white floor. An animated bug flickered on the floor and the bunch jumped up gaily,stomping at it,as the bug was crushed to a pulp. A few minutes later,the scene on the floor changed,now it was a row of ants,scampering around to eat the delicious pizza.
This was the scene at an event organised by Lions Club,Pune,at the Bal Kalyan Sanstha,Aundh for specially-abled children. More than 30 schools took part in the event,with more than 900 students participating in various activities organised at the venue. With quiz contests,bird shows,drawing competitions and other activities,the children were most enthusiastic about the interactive games presented by the Pune-based company,TouchMagix.
Shreya Tapadia,who takes care of the CSR activities for the company explained that they had developed the interactive floor using motion and gesture-based technology. We started with making games and interactive devices for corporates,but realised that specially-abled children do not get to play proper games and thus cant enjoy group activities, she said. Various games like,Interactive Football,Balloon Burst and Save the Pizza kept the children busy and happy.
Seema Suhas Dabke who has been working with specially-abled children for last 18 years,said,It is quite heartening to see the children playing so happily. The games are simple and easy to understand. We have seen that these games have a calming effect on children with autism and learning disabilities.
The day-long event saw schools such as Sanjeevani Vidyalaya,Hadapsar,Gyan Gangotri,Sinhagadh Road,and Kamayani Vidya Mandir,Gokhale Nagar,among others.