Toys

toysWhere Fisher Price is not readily available to a majority of people, I see kids playing with an amazing selection of toys.

Whatever is found around is being used.

Empty 500 ml water bottles have been cut in half lengthwise and their tops make do for four wheels.

I once met a young girl who was sitting for hours in the sand drawing figures with a piece of charcoal on some left over building bricks.


A string is attached for pulling, stones are tied on top to provide a weight and there you go.

Running as fast as they can the boys have a serious competition over the dirt roads.

Another favourite of young boys is running with a wheel and stick, keeping it moving and more or less steering it in the intended direction. Quite an art!

Coconut leaves can be folded into a wind fan and I once saw a really young fellow holding it as his prize possession at the beach.

He was turning around in all directions to make it catch the wind, and seemed completely mesmerized.

As anywhere in the world, also here I see sand and water, sticks and stones as part of play.

Maybe the water part is not easy but the rest can be found everywhere.

I once met a young girl who was sitting for hours in the sand drawing figures with a piece of charcoal on some left over building bricks.

Not concerned about the sun, a drink or anything else, just doing her thing.

It’s great to realize that also here, kids are kids and they will play wherever and whatever.

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Josie van den Hoek
Josie first visited Dar es Salaam in 2000 and is still here. She writes about encounters on her daily walks and Tanzanian life.