When I get bored and I have nothing much to do, I enjoy searching on Ebay for toys that I used to have when I was a kid. I’ve been known to bid (and win) a few of them too. I simply love retro-toys.
When I was a kid, toys were simpler. They weren’t crazy like today’s toys, which can be so “high tech.” I prefer the classics like Lite Brite, Etch-a-Sketch, Jacks and Mr. Potato Head. Even a good old Frisbee is just as fun as today’s toys, and it doesn’t required batteries or a complicated set up.
Another great toy to play with is a Yo Yo. A Yo Yo can be played with alone, or with someone else. They require no batteries and are one of the easiest toys to bring with you where ever you go. It easily fits in your pocket.
I’ve had several Yo Yos when I was a kid. I found it very relaxing to watch it spin up and down, up and down, up and down.
I used to be able to just one trick with a Yo Yo, “walking the dog.” It’s probably one of the easiest tricks to do with a Yo Yo, but that is certainly not the only trick.
You can see that trick here.
You’d be amazed by how many tricks you can do with a Yo Yo. Simply letting it roll up and down on the string is boring compared to what else you can do with a Yo Yo.
Sadly, these days children are not able to play and interact with friends and other children like they used to, due to the pandemic and social distancing. Now is a great time to pick up a Yo Yo and learn how to do some fun tricks with it. That way when kids return to school, they will know some amazing tricks to “wow” and entertain their friends.
Yo Yo has a fun program that encourages kids to practice and complete different skill levels. As they gain skills they earn FREE badges signifying their skill expertise. The program was originally created for the Scouts, but it is so successful and popular, Yo Yo decided to open it up to all kids. Check it out here, www.yo-yo.com/scouts,
The brand’s primary goal is to provide today’s youth with an easy to learn sport that promotes positive emotional development, fun, and friendship. Over time they have watched generations of kids pursue yo-yoing as a regular sport. It’s a fun sport that ultimately helped kids improve in their academics, social relationships, and self-expressionism.
Yo Yos are not just for children. Adults enjoy them just as much as children do. My husband has a Yo Yo. He’s had it for years. I see him playing with it from time to time.
Here are some fun facts about the Yo Yo.
- Yo-yoing has helped kids find a place to belong, fight depression, manage ADD and ADHD, and other emotional struggles, like overeating and social anxiety.
- It is a sport that can be carried in one’s pocket and played individually or as a group.
- Yo-Yo play helps develop fine motor skills and brain functions including hand-eye coordination, bilateral integration and crossing mid-line function to name a few.
- The origins of the yo-yo have been dated back as far as 440 BC. To Greece
- From King Louis XVII to Napoleon, and to the Space Shuttle Discovery mission, the yo-yo has been a popular pastime throughout history.
Yo Yos are available in a variety of colors and styles. You can even create a custom Yo Yo on the Yo Yo’s official website, Yo-Yo.com.
You can find a lot on the Yo Yo website, including tutorials, contests, Yo Yo’s and more.
I received a couple of Yo Yo’s to review, and to try and learn to do some tricks with, thanks to the videos I found on the Yo Yo website. I learned a few things, most especially that when you have six cats, playing with a Yo Yo is easier said than done (ha ha).
The Yo Yo on the left is self-returning, meaning the Yo Yo will return to your hand automatically. That makes is ideal for novice or new Yo Yo players.
The Yo Yo on the right is a more advanced model. It comes with a piece you can use to have a better grip on the Yo Yo (the piece that looks like a die).
My husband has the more advanced Yo Yo. He keeps it in his work backpack. He tells me that he plays with it on break and when he’s bored (he has a lot of “down time” at his job). I have the one that is made for novice players. I honestly haven’t had a chance use it much. I need surgery for a tear in a tendon in my arm, so moving my dominant arm (right) around is not that easy for me at the moment.
If you would like to learn more about Yo Yo, or check out some of the latest and greatest Yo Yo’s (including professional level ones), visit Yo-Yo.com.
You can also find Yo Yo on social media. All of those links are found at the bottom left of the brand’s website. You can also check them out on YouTube for fun instructional videos.
Yo Yo has been kind enough to offer a really cool giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the following;
- Duncan Survivor Kit – Retail $25
- Plus a 30-minute private yo-yo lesson via zoom with a Duncan Yo-Yo Champion & Pro Instructor!
Total prize value $50
Thank you Yo Yo! I love the idea of getting a private lessen for a champion & pro instructor.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 30, 2020. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will have three days to reply, or a new winner will be chosen from all eligible entries.
To enter, please comment on why you would like to win this prize package, and who would it be for (you or your child)?
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*I received free Yo Yos to review in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.