Satoshi: "It's done!"
Mom: "Shall we try to spin this yoyo? Let me try, Satoshi."
Satoshi: "Look! It's spinning! I did it."
Mom: "Because this yoyo spins slowly, it is easy to see its rotation. Did you notice it rotates in opposite direction when it is coming up. But this yoyo stops rather quickly."
Toshi: "Let me try. Look, it is spinning fine."
Satoshi: "Toshi, you are very good!."
Toshi: "Satoshi, you can try again. You should pull up the string when the yoyo go down to the end of the string."
Toshi: "Very good! You are better than Mom."
Toshi: "Shall we make another yoyo and compete each other?"
Satoshi: "Yes, let's make another yoyo."
|Two paper plates|
|A toilet paper core|
|Kite string||80 cm|
|A small bell|
|A pair of scissors, a cutter, and an eyeleteer|
* If a bell is not available, use a marble instead.
This yoyo seems to rotate well when there is some weight inside the yoyo.
* A pot lid can be a yoyo.
This yoyo is so easy to make for adults. So I decided no to help my child. But it turned out to be so difficult for me not to intervene. This was like a endurance test for me. But my child has to learn by himself how to use a pair of scissors, how to use a cutter, how much force is required to make a hole with the eyeleteer, and how to make a knot. He has to learn these skills by doing himself, rather than by learning through books. He needs to experience many times until his body learns how to handle. I have realized when you raise your child it may be important to just keep eye on your child rather than to intervene.
|Author||Yumiko Mori (Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan)|
|HTML format||Muneo Kume|