Gulel – A traditional toy for naughty kids

Who doesn’t k now about Gulel. A classic “Y” shaped toy which has been very popular with all the naughty kids around. Where else you would have seen this? Remember old black and white movies 🙂

What it is called across the globe?

Not only in India, it has been in use in other part of world as well. Called as  “Slingshot” or “Hand Catapult” in Europe/US,  “Ging” in Australia/New Zealand, Kattie in Africa etc.

How Gulel Looks?


A classic gulel consists of a Y shaped frame, traditionaly this Y shaped frame was made up of wood, but now days it also comes in plastic moulds. There a 2 rubber strands attached to the top of the two arms in the frame (“Y”).  The either the string is a flat rubber strip or the string is attached to a pocket. And this pocket is used to hold the projectile.

How is Gulel played?  

Hold the project in dominant hand and the frame in other hand. Pull back the projectile. Take the aim and release the projectile. The projectile moves due to force generated by tension in the string.

How to play Gulel

A Gulel is a nice fun toy for kids. The simple Gulel of past now comes in various interesting colors with colorful and bright painting on the frame. It now comes in plastic mould as well apart from wood. Though traditionally it has been made in wood only.

Gulel is generally a safe toy. Comes in various sizes and strings with varied tension for kids of different age group. But still it is better to be careful as projectiles may cause eye injury.

Surprisingly Gulels are available on online sites lile Flipkart, Amazon etc.

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Have you not got one for your kids yet? Get one GULEL for yourself and one for your little hero and re-live your child hood 🙂

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