Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nordic Kendama

Kendamas have been gaining a lot of popularity lately. It's not hard to see why... They're actually a lot of fun, and a great way to kill time! Plus, they're awesome for building better hand- eye coordination! My kids both have kendamas, and they absolutely love them!!!

So what exactly is a Kendama???

"Kendama (けん玉 ?, also written as 剣玉 and 拳玉) is a traditional Japanese toy. The ken has three cups and a spike which fits into the hole in the ball. Basic kendama tricks consist of catching the ball in the cups and on the spike. More advanced tricks such as the airplane require you to hold the ball and land the spike in the hole on the ball.

Kendama bears similarities to the classic cup-and-ball game, and the Hispanic world toy known as boliche or balero. The principle of these toys are the same: catching one object with another, where both are joined by a string. However, modern kendamas take influences from yo-yo, diabolo, juggling and dance.”

In short; it's a simple wooden toy that challenges your hand- eye coordination, reflexes, and balance while also testing your patience and focus.

Our most recent Kendama is the Nordic Kendama, from Nordic Viking Gear. We received this one complimentary, to test and review. Upon first glance, this one looks like a wooden viking hammer with a ball on top. It's made of bamboo, and is very well made. The Nordic Kendama is 100% Eco Friendly Natural Bamboo Wood and very durable. It's definitely a new favorite in our house! 

The Kendama... "It only takes a few hours to learn, but a lifetime to master."

Get one here:
Eco Friendly Bamboo Kendama from Nordic Gear 

For cool tricks check this site out:
Learn Kendama . com