Children play on seesaws made of old tyres in a kindergarten in Tân Tiến Commune, Gia Lộc District, in the northern province of Hải Dương. —VNA/VNS Tiến Vĩnh
HẢI DƯƠNG — Hundreds of children in kindergartens and residential areas in the northern province of Hải Dương’s Gia Lộc and Thanh Hà districts have enjoyed new swings, seesaws and balance paths made of old tyres.
Đoàn Thị Nhạn, principal of a kindergarten in Tân Tiến Commune, Gia Lộc District, said the toys were beneficial for the children.
Swings were very good for the children’s physical improvement while seesaws and balance paths helped them improve their intelligence and creativity when they played together, she said.
Nguyễn Thị Mây, vice-principal of Gia Xuyên Kindergarten, Thanh Hà District, said the school was large so it needed many toys.
The toys made of old tyres were quite strange, so the children were very interested in them, she said.
The swings, seesaws and balance paths were created by members of the district’s Youth Union and donated to the kindergartens and residential areas, following the programme 'The second journey of tyres', launched by the provincial Youth Union in May.
The programme, which is set to run until December 2022, aims to respond to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's anti-plastic movement.
Vũ Hồng Điệp, vice chairman of Gia Lộc District’s Youth Union, said old tyres of many different sizes were donated by individuals and organisations in the district.
After receiving the old tyres, the members of the youth union would clean and sort them, he said.
Big tyres would be used to make swings and balance paths and small tyres would be used to make seesaws, he added.
The old tyres were painted in many colours with attractive vivid patterns and animals on the swings’ surface, he said.
Điệp said at first, with no experience in creating toys for children, members of the youth union had to search online about how to make toys from old tyres.
Now, after several months of practising, the team could make the toys of the old tyres faster and more beautifully, he said.
The toys, donated by the youth union, had provided a livelier playground for the children, especially in local schools that had limited funds for buying toys, he said.
Each set of toys made of old tyres was estimated to be VNĐ5-7 million (US$215-301) and the quality was the same as the toys for sale in the market, he said.
Vũ Nguyên Đăng, Secretary of the provincial Youth Union, said the youth union had donated 20 sets of toys made of old tyres to local kindergartens and residential areas since May.
It planned to give an additional of 31 sets of toys made of old tyres to local kindergartens and residential areas by the end of this year, he said.
Nghiêm Xuân Tuấn, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Youth Union, said reusing old tyres to create toys for children, especially kids in rural areas, was a meaningful thing.
It not only created a livelier playground for the children but also contributed to raising their awareness of protecting the environment, he said. — VNS