Saturday, October 01, 2011

kendama craze... and a giveaway

Have you seen these things?
They are what my boys are currently obsessed with.
I mean obsessed. They are called Kendama's and they originated in the 1600's. I couldn't be happier that it has caught their attention. Keeping them off the video games and computer.
As written on the KendamaUSA website,
"The stylish kendama is an extremely addictive wooden skill toy that comes from Japan. It strengthens hand eye coordination, balance and reflex. It can be played by young and old alike. There are endless trick possibilities for the beginner and the seasoned master."
My boys stand for hours.
I mean HOURS, trying to master a new skill.
These guys from the KendamaUSA pro team make it look easy. Mental determination at its finest.
Girls love them, too. As Charlie's friend, Rachel is displaying. (Hi Rachel.)
I contacted the fine folks at KendamaUSA to tell them how happy I was with their product and to tell them I wanted to share this awesome wooden toy with my readers. Guess what they said? They would love to give away a Kendama to 5 (FIVE) of my readers! So, if interested, leave a comment by Tuesday, October 4, at 5pm, and I will have the random generator choose 5 names. I guarantee if you're not the one interested you surely know someone that would love one. They make awesome gifts, too.
If you enter and can't wait to see if you win, you can purchase one here. KendamaUSA will give a 15% discount to the first 50 people who buy. Enter the code "afriendtoknitwith" to receive a 15% discount at checkout!

Happy October!

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Leslie B said...

Wow, this looks like great fun!

orinda7 said...

Looks so fun!

Maryse said...

First time I hear about this! How cool is that! Somethhing that is not electronic ;-)

sew nancy said...

Looks great. I would love to win.

miriam said...

my sons would love these too!

jesse k said...

My son would get a kick out of this!

miriam said...

just ordered one, still hope to win!

Kristen said...

Never heard if this, but I would love to give it to my granddaughter.

Sewn With Grace said...

This would make a great stocking stuffer for my son. Pick me!

Elizabeth said...

Great giveaway- my boys would love this!

Amy J said...

Oh thank you for the info (and the giveaway!) I love buying things like this for my kids!

Georgiedean said...

Something that works the brain instead of dumbing it down? I'd love to have one!

homeschoolmom said...

My boys would enjoy something new to play with!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Those look like fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

Ann C. said...

I've never seen these before. Neat!

Kathy said...

Good for hand eye coordination...& fun!

Dragons Knitting Lace said...

I have a 6 year old that would absolutely LOVE one of those. Of course, he might use it to try and tear down the house...

Jen said...

Those look like so much fun to play with!

SDQuilter said...

Coordination for me is a real trick, this might just be the way to go. Thanks for sharing the website and thanks for the opportunity to win!

AnnEdith said...

Fascinating! Thanks to you and Kendama!

Janet B said...

eye/hand coordination. Perfect! I think I need one and perhaps I'll even share.

Stella said...

Oh! I love those! Pick me!

nic said...

Would love to try it out!
Thanks!!!

Britta said...

Intriguing!

Teeter-tottering on the Brink... said...

Ooooh! I would love to win for my sons! Good hand-eye coordination exercises!

PRFocused said...

Wow, like you I would I love to pull my teens away from the video games! Please include my name in the giveway! Thanks for the information.

Pam said...

I know two other boys who would just love it!

Karen said...

School has started again and my little dyslexic son could definately use something fun like this to burn some energy after the dreaded homework is done. Thanks for (always) sharing so many great treats!

Tracey said...

My boy would love one! Maybe we will win!!!!

Bogna said...

oh my gosh I know of 2 guys who would love to try those out

Erica said...

My girls would love this! Always looking for neat ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

I think my boys would love this! Thanks for the chance to win one :).

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing this item. It will be a fun gift for one (or all) of my children.

Molly said...

Wow! Improves hand eye co-ordination, doesn't need a battery, keeps them off the computer/video games......Whats not to love?

Tina Boscha said...

That would be perfect for my 14 yo. Cool!

Birdie said...

Ok - please kendama us! Thanks

Erin said...

We totally need one of these! Thanks for thinking of the rest of us!

DiRoma said...

I agree, anything to get a child off the video games is good with me! Thanks for introducing us to this interesting game!

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crazyestonian said...

I have not seen Kendama yet! this looks really cool and I could totally see my husband trying to sneak it from my daughter :)

Newknitter2 said...

Wow that looks like it would be fun count me in .
Thanks.

Shannon said...

I know two boys who could use a diversion like this!

Glovers Lane said...

Wow how cool is that!

Kari O. said...

My 10 year old son is addicted to the Wii but I think he'd find Kendama pretty fun to play!

handstories said...

i had a simple version of this as a kid & LOVED it & know my boys (& me too) would love this game.

Cindy said...

I'm willing to try anything that will get my daughter away from an electronic device. Great idea!

Mmmmmmmmm said...

My boy would love one of those! And I love anything that gets him away from the screens.

Leslie said...

Looks like crazy fun.

Elizabeth said...

This looks like so much fun.

Elizabeth said...

We have a Santa Claus one where you try to land the ball on Santa's nose. But is it quite old and creaky. This style is lovely.

Lynn said...

I had a similar toy when I was a child and haven't thought about this in years. I would love to win this and try again. Wonderful for working on coordination skills. Thanks for the offer.

radioactive girl said...

That looks like so much fun and definitely something my kids would love!

From All Stitched Up said...

I am always so impressed at how many comments you get! I know 3 "boys" who'll be getting these for Christmas. It will may the Christmas Eve table lots of fun. Thanks for the good idea.

From All Stitched Up said...

I am always so impressed at how many comments you get! I know 3 "boys" who'll be getting these for Christmas. It will may the Christmas Eve table lots of fun. Thanks for the good idea.

nik said...

i had an exchange student and she gave us one many moons ago - we loved it! seeing this brought back so many memories... she was a wonderful girl and we miss her very much.

Tiffanie said...

I'll bet my household full of boys would love to have one to play with. Thanks!

Anke said...

Awesome - could not agree more to physically play and keep kids away from media :D

Sangeetha said...

Looks like fun - anything to keep them away from the bright screens

Dawn said...

looks like fun- thanks for sharing!

Carol White said...

I have two nephews who would LOVE one of those... and I would love to get them away from their computer games.

Debbie said...

I have kids that could stand a few hours away from eletronics! This would work!

Susan said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jen said...

I think my son would be obsessed too! How fun!

Alicia A. said...

J would go nuts for one of those!

Amyjeanne said...

My kids are about the same age as yours, and would love this. I agree- great alternative to video/computer games!

M Griffin said...

These look so fun! What a great idea for Christmas!!!

Jo said...

Something new to obsess about...move over Angry Birds! Jo

Jeanne said...

These would be a great Christmas present!

Anonymous said...

Oh...I want one!!! What a great stocking stuffer!

Kathie G. said...

I hope I win one...looks cool

squirrelnutcottage said...

My son was mesmorized by the video. I got him a diablo (chinese yoyo) this spring - another challenging but fun skill toy. Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

Jane said...

I have a basket at our cabin filled with small puzzle type toys. The kids get fascinated with them. This would be a great addition. Thanks for the opportunity.

Kris said...

I can see how one would become obsessed with that!

Kelly F. said...

This looks like something my husband would love!

Linda said...

Anything to get them away from the video games! This looks like a neat idea :)

melodie said...

those look neat!

Megan said...

I'm sure that my kids would love one of these. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Shilo said...

I've seen similar toys before, but not like these. My kids would love them!

Sarah said...

Those are awesome! I can think of quite a few people I know for whome these would make the perfect gift.

Trisha said...

I am sure my son would love this and in time to give it to him for his birthday!

Lisa said...

Oh, my son would love one of these!!! Thank you Leslie!

Kathy said...

what a cool toy. anything that gets kids up, I'm in favor of. thank you.

4th4s said...

Thanks for the idea... sounds like a great gift for the nephews!!!

Jennifer Johnson said...

Hey, what a great game! I'd love to give this to my daughter! Never heard of this game before, though it looks similar to a Mexican ball-and-cup toy. Happy October to you, too!

Priscilla said...

I know my son would love Kendama.

Francie said...

Wow, my kids would love one of those. I had something similar as a kid.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Dani said...

looks like tons of fun!

berriesforjam said...

Would love to have one of these for my son! Thank you so much for arranging a give-away! Jen

kathy H. said...

Looks like fun...count me in!

Bonnie said...

Awesome! I'm always looking for a new gift idea for my son and his friends.

erica said...

Totally looks like fun! I need all the help I can get when it comes to hand-eye coordination, too.

gunter said...

These look awesome!

Tara said...

I have two boys who would love this!

Wendi said...

That does look like a great Stocking stuffer idea!
Thanks for passing it on!

Carol in PA said...

That looks like so much fun - count me in!

Desiree said...

This looks like so much fun!

erins said...

I have a couple of boys that would fight over these for sure. Enter me please...Christmas is just around the corner.....

Sher said...

The perfect Christmas gift for all the kids I need to buy something for that have too many electronics (my kids included!!) Love it!

KellsShells said...

Definitely up ny son' s alley! Thanks again for the chance!

Seattlemom said...

my girls would LOVE these. !!

Bobbie in AK said...

This would make a great birthday gift for my DD who (unfortunately) lives to text. I love a good old fashioned toy. Thanks for the give-away!

Kristy said...

This sounds like just the thing for my boy! I'd love to have one!

Jane Meierhenry said...

Wow, they used to give something like this away at the carnival when I was young! My grandkids would love these! Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Jane Meierhenry said...

Wow, my grandkids would love these. I remember having something similar when I was little.

PenCraft said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

Meghan said...

WOW! That looks really cool. I can see my husband getting totally addicated to that.

shannon said...

Looks like fun! My son would love one.

PeechPurls said...

What a great alternative to tv or video games!

Larissa said...

I hope the random number generator picks me. :)

onehappymama said...

Looks like fun - my daughter would love one!

FIGs from Solar Vegas said...

how funny. It looks like the old french bilboquet.

Harper said...

My nephew is too young for this yet but soon I'll be the Coolest Aunt Ever!

RachelB said...

Looks like a more complicated ball/cup game. My daughters would love a chance. (I would have to take my turns when they are in bed)

Holly said...

I love them! This is a great stocking idea!
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Oh, I would love to win a Kendama!
Looks like fun ....and might help keep everyone out of trouble around here!
Missy

Kelly said...

Looks like lots of fun. I think my granddaughter would love it.
oshnpashn at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I have 7 grandkids and I am sure they would love them, and I was just needing a good Christmas idea also! So thank you.

karen:)

Lisa said...

Sounds great! Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

I would love to have one. Anything that will keep them off the computer and tv is welcome in my house! :-)

Mar Beth said...

Great green gift that requires no electricity!

Julie said...

how fun!

Lynda F. said...

Looks like a great way to get the grandkids off the computer; having fun at the same time as learning coordination!!

Colleen said...

These look like fun!! I have 3 young people that would love to try them out! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lynn said...

Oh my kids would LOVE this!!!! Please sign me up!

little pink moth said...

My boys would love this!

egoffensend said...

My nephews would love these! Thanks for the tip!!!

On A Hot Tin Roof said...

that is awesome. anything to keep kids off of video games.

Alice C-T said...

Looks like lots of Fun!! :D

Anonymous said...

Amazing that it was developed so long ago yet lost to us. I would love to give it a try! ~Peggy in TN

Tracey said...

This looks great! Would love to win one for my boy!
Traceymccarthy@gmail.com

~liz said...

looks fun! i think my boys would have fun playing it!!

Danielle said...

Looks like fun! My son would love to try it!

Anonymous said...

I would like to play with this!!! I've never heard of these before you showed them. Thanks~Jan

caroline clawson said...

Great gift idea! I love wooden toys!!!!

tawathie said...

Hooray for wooden toys!

Susan said...

What fun! I'd love to win one!!

heartpal said...

anything to get Griffin away from electronics....he would love it.

jenmaree said...

My kids would love this! Thank you!

D said...

I love that! Hope I win!

Pam said...

I recently asked our local toy shop to order these. I am eager to give it a try along with my kids.

susie said...

Looks like so much fun, I think my son would have a ball with that:)

Michelle said...

Wow! That looks awesome and I think my son would really enjoy one! Thanks for the chance to win!

Tammy M said...

what a great toy!

Jenifer said...

Nothing beats a real live 3D game!

Anonymous said...

nice!

- sheila ambrose

Valarie said...

This looks like so much fun! vk

Amy T said...

I can see the kids doing this for hours. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Looks like an awesome fun time!
Tammy in MICHIGAN

Melissa said...

I hope I win. Thanks!

SDWH said...

Looks like fun. I can't let my kids watch the video though. I'll find them on the roof.

SDWH said...

Looks frustrating but fun. I can't let my kids watch the video. I'll find them up on the roof.

Rita said...

my husband would get a kick out of this

murphytrinity said...

Ah! Not a screen - how wonderful! We'd love to try.

Rebekah said...

looks like fun!

Christy said...

My boys would love that! Looks like a lot of fun!

Missy knits said...

I would love to give my nephews a gift that would get them away from the tv and computer!!

Jenn said...

My boys would love this!!!!

Jenn said...

My boys would love this!!!!

Lisle said...

So, where does that 5pm count? I mean, are you looking Eastern, Pacific, or Greenwich? Could it please be somewhere other than here so that I'm not late? Please??

What a fun toy!

Joanne Snyder said...

Looks like fun and I can imagine the kids trying to master the different skills.

kaffiknopf said...

count me in please

katie said...

I would LOVE to win this for my son!

Anonymous said...

fun! thanks for doing another giveaway!
carolyn
eandnsmom@yahoo.com

big.tea said...

Thanks for the great Christmas gift idea! My kids would love these.

KathyL said...

Gotta love a simple wooden toy.

KathyL said...

Gotta love a simple, well-made wooden toy

Cyndi said...

Missed out on the drawing for the chance to win a free one but just ordered 2 with the discout code what a great idea for Christmas gifts for this year my son and hubbie will love these!
Thanks

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I love toys that never go out of style. And especially wooden toys! I would love to share this toy with our grand daughter!
woolyknitsnbits (at) live (dot) ca

Brandon L. said...

Hi my mom won't buy me one and said i could win one, plz help me get a kendama all my friends have one and I dont't, plz help. :(

ldhussey said...

Wow! As soon as I saw this last week, I logged onto the KendamaUSA site and ordered two for my twin boys who turned 14 yesterday. I knew immediately they would LOVE them. I gave them to the boys yesterday at around lunchtime and they did not go near their computers for the rest of the day (unusual for a Sunday when I typically allow them more time). All I heard was the click clack of this fabulous simple toy. What music to my ears. Thank you.

Jake Wiens said...

Awesome photos! Kendama USA is amazing. We just got back from DAMA FEST in Atlanta. HUNDREDS of kids were there. We flew in from San Francisco to live paint and Mc the event. Check us out for tons of kendama action and culture.

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