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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Sarah Jane said...

Ooo...looks like good fun!

tesshedall said...

I agree - it sure looks as fun and I would love to win one :)

emmytie said...

That's really cool. I'd never heard of Kendama before.

Hippie Housewife said...

Looks fun!! What a great stocking stuffer.

thewoolshop said...

wow Leslie! you are always so full of new ideas!!! I love that one! for guys and girls it would be a nice thing to keep away from their personal computers and to stay more time outside ;-)
I will not partecipate to you giveaway because I am from Italy, and I think that freight costs will be too high ;-)
but i surely suggest this wonderful game to my friends!

Siew said...

I don't know if this would even make it into my daughters hands because we'd probably be obsessed with it too!

Sheri said...

I know a little boy addicted to the computer that could use some new entertainment! Count me in!

MamaMaloney said...

These look like fun. xxoo

Adina said...

i like time away from computers and TV. sign me up, please.

Lauri Jean said...

This looks like fun, I'd love to win one and give it a try!

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun! I think I need this--am spending too much time on Ravelry!

Melody

The Lowe Family said...

Oh I think my son would love these too!

~Lisa

Kristina said...

my kids would love those!

Susie said...

How fun! I was going to find them and order two but I'll wait to see if I win one from you!

Sarah Jackson said...

so awesome! I bet Gunnar would LOVE it.

kim said...

Just when I thought that my Angry Birds addiction had reached its peak, you introduce me to this....

Jen said...

I'm always looking for an alternative to computer/video games for my guys - thanks!

Cate said...

those look great!

Amy said...

My boys would love one of these. They would be so excited if I won!

LadyVerona said...

I love skill games! They're like knitting; you can take them anywhere!

stitching under oaks said...

how fun...i'd be thrilled to find something to keep them away from the electronic devices!

Mindy said...

That looks like fun and frustration! My daughter would love it.

C. said...

My girls would love it too! Thanks for the giveaway

Becky said...

I know two boys who would have fun with these.

HelgaMarie said...

these look like a ton of fun- please add me to the giveaway.

Mim said...

These look like great fun. I'm sure my boys, as well as, my husband and myself would enjoy them.

stringsofpurls said...

This looks like so much fun! Count me in!

Vixknits said...

I think my boys would love it too! Thanks for another great give away.

Quinn said...

Oh wow what fun! What a great idea for the holidays.

Renea said...

Looks awesome! I'd love to win one. Thanks!

Leslie said...

Great Christmas idea for Christmas! Reminds of a toy my boys were playing with at Monticello this summer.

Jedimommy said...

Love these classic toys! These look like fun. My eleven-year-old and eight-year-old would love them.

Leslie said...

Thanks for a great Christmas idea -- it gets harder and harder to come up with good gift ideas. This reminds me of a toy my boys were playing with at Monticello this summer.

JeanP said...

I think my niece would have fun mastering this toy. Thanks for letting us know about it.

Nadine .C. said...

I sure would love to get my nephew off the computer and video games. Looks like a cool game.

beanie g said...

I bet my kids would love this too.

Mary G said...

This game does sound cool ... sometimes the low tech stuff is perfect and anything I can do to get the kids off the technology, if only for a little bit, is a great idea!

michelle said...

My boys would love one of these!

Andrea said...

I would love to win one for our house. I think we would all enjoy it.

margot said...

These are so cool! I want one . . . or two . . . I might even be persuaded to share them with my kids!

Anonymous said...

Oh ! My boys NEED these ! Please pick me ! Waving hand ih air lol @
Kim O
craftmom@nb.sympatico.ca

Kali said...

Looks like a fun way to keep my busy brood of 7 occupied!

Cindy yoshimura said...

my husband is an elementary PE teacher and always looking for new hand/eye coordination action items. Would love to get him one of these!

mle said...

Wow, that is so cool! I love old-fashioned toys! Thanks!

Sarah said...

I think my boys would love that!

debbieamy said...

I remember playing with one of these. It is easy to become obsessed. I have grandchildren who would love to have one.

Becca said...

Oh, I think my nephew would love to try one of these out! :)

Christy said...

Looks like so much fun!

Julie Nolte Owen said...

I have 2 children who would love to give this a try! Thanks!

knitnonthefloor said...

These look so cool!!

corinne said...

Woo hoo!! Looks like such fun! xo

Karen said...

Very cool; this is just what my kids need! Maybe we'll be finding some in the stockings in less than 85 days!

Katy said...

The boys would love this!!

Amy said...

Oh my goodness, I so totally want one! I might let the kids play with it if they're good... might... lol.

agalandherdog said...

I'd love to enter!

Kim said...

Definitely would be a Christmas gift for one of my guys! I'm sure they would both love it...and I'd take a stab at it too I'm sure!

lindar said...

OOOh, maybe I will get lucky!!!

NYCityMama said...

That looks like such a fun toy!

Meg said...

This would be a great Christmas gift for my three, so I guess even if I win one, I'll still be ordering a couple more!

Molly said...

I had a similiar toy when I was a kid. It was a wooden cylinder with a hole that fit over a peg. I spent hours figuring out just how to swing it so I could catch it on the peg.

beautifulshell said...

ooh, love! especially the striped ones!

Patricia said...

Welcome to my childhood! Nice to see toys like that can still capture the interest of our millennium generation. I would love to give one to my grandson.

Teadiva2 said...

Pick me pick me:). I love your blog. Thanks. Tamara S

miles2go said...

Looks like fun. My twins would love it!

Nora said...

Would make a great gift unless of course I keep it for my self!!

Nora

Barbara said...

Yes! Kendama karma..... Thank you for the introduction to such a fun activity....

tinaaaron said...

i think i could play for hours with one of these too :)

Just Me said...

I had a toy similar to this when I was a kid but it was just a cup with a ball. Nothing all that fancy about it but it was HARD (at least to a younger version of myself). They look fun!!

a pink-bee said...

Oh I want one :)
haPPy day crystal

Faith said...

I've seen one of those before - maybe my grandmother had one? I can easily see how addictive they could be.

jdbknits said...

These look so fun! My boys are older but I think they would love them!

Anonymous said...

OMG~ the boys have been watching the you tube videos all day! we would love some!

betsy

Mama V said...

so cool! my kids would dig this! thanks!

Andrea Moberly said...

I'm sure my kids would enjoy one! thanks for the opportunity :)

amoberly at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I have never seen this, my son would love this, will be great to win won or purchase one to add to his graudation package for Army BCT. ShellyT

Julie said...

They look like such fun!

Stephanie said...

I would love something like this to reduce my son's screen time!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Leslie! Christmas shopping has officially begun! Thanks for the idea.

Ann H.

Fender's Mom said...

I love antique toys and anything that will get the kids off of the computer! YAY!

bethany said...

Love it! Perfect stocking stuffer! Thanks so much!

Kathy said...

This looks amazing - - anything new to intrigue the kids always catches my eye!

cksknitter said...

I'd love to try a Kendama!
knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

jo ellen said...

I know two boys who would love these. Enter me into the drawing.

Kathleen said...

My daughter would love this (and I would too!)

Thanks for letting me onto this new craze.

Martha D said...

Looks so much fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

Paula said...

My kids would love this!

Pat said...

Let's help to make it the new "IN" craze!! Thanks for letting us know. I have never heard of it before.

Anonymous said...

What I would give for my kids to walk away from the Xbox....wonderful gift idea! Thanks!!

Susan said...

I don't know about kids, but I want to try this. Looks like such fun.

peskypixies said...

my girls would love these!!!

Lisa S. said...

My 10 year old would love one!

Cozy Knitting said...

Wow! what a great give-away and a great discount, too. Thanks!

The Sampler Girl said...

Very cool - the colonial bilbo catcher! We have some of those from colonial williamsburg trips - tricky but fun :)

Tanya

meganwf said...

I've got to order one for my son who is way more into individual challenges than group sports. I've never heard of it but those videos are crazy good PR!

Adrienne said...

Ohhhh - I have two very busy boys too - I'd love to pull them away from the 'screen'. What a great give away!

JilliJ said...

This look like tons of fun, I am sure my 13 yr old and her friends would like them. Would love to win one, thanks for the opportunity.

Stephanie said...

Great quality wooden toy. Love the colors. Family fun!

astoriaAnn said...

These look great -- we have 8 and 10 year old boys -- looks perfect for them!

Julie said...

I like! Also, you've given me the idea for Christmas for my BIL who is impossible to shop for, and I like to go off list. He's going to love this.

JKDub said...

These look like fun. How much are they?

eight feet said...

Looks like a great way to fill free time! Thanks for the giveaway!

rainy day knitter said...

Wow, I've never heard of that before but it sure looks interesting! Reminds me of an ice cream cone - or maybe I'm just hungry.

Cool find - thanks for sharing :)

Lisa Clarke said...

My boys were riveted to that video. Would love a chance to win :-)

Nicole R said...

So so cool my kids would love those!!!!

Shanna said...

That looks really fun! My kids just went through a yo-yo phase, so it would be great to move on to something else. Thanks for letting us know about this. :)

judy said...

Looks like alot of fun!

tracytracy said...

Fun! I'd love to win. (:

Geri said...

That looks similar to the 'valero' - a toy I played with as a kid in Mexico. I'd love to win one of the Kendamas.

Kathy said...

My son would love this! Please enter me in the drawing :-)

Kristen said...

Fun!

Kelly said...

Oh wow! Those things are awesome! I can just imagine how addictive they would be! I'd love to win one for my hubby, he would really enjoy that!

Nelly said...

So thats what they are called?I picked up some wooden toys from the oppy last week and an old one of these was in it and the kids have been having a go.

Melissa said...

Very cool! I hadn't seen these before... fingers crossed!

susan courtney said...

AWESOME!!! Got a great grandson who would LOVE this!!!

caknitter said...

I'd like to try one of these. Fun!

Listen Crafts said...

wow this is something I would love my teenage boys to get into. thanks Dee

paisleyapron said...

I know a few kids that would love this!

Charity said...

Awesome!! I remember my dad had a (much) smaller version of then when I was growing up. So fun! I'd love to win one! (I might even give it to him, after hubby and I try it out!) :)

jill said...

I have a groovy daughter who would find such fun with a Kendama.

emily said...

that looks like a fantastic find! (and hi! xo.)

Anonymous said...

oh thanks for the chance to try something new. Kellyd2420

christen said...

I'm getting one! This looks great! (I mean... Hopefully I WIN one first. Hehe.)

rhiana said...

Ohhhhhh! That looks like lots of fun!

Liz Bresee said...

ohh this would be fun!!

dianne said...

awesome toy. i love toys that do not need batteries!

Kelly and Kelly said...

what a fun game!e

tnthomas1 said...

Oh my nephew would love this!

Maureen said...

I learn SO much from reading your blog - I never miss a day...you're wonderful! Thanks so much for the wonderful "giveaway"...I'm crossing my fingers!

Webknitter13 said...

THOSE are awesome!

Rachel said...

Cool beans!

JoAnn said...

I'm for anything that can get my son away from video games!

Jon and Lisa said...

Looks like fun. Please add my name to the giveaway.

Proud Mama said...

Thank you for this. I think I know what a few people on my holiday list will be getting.

kt said...

Very cool-would love to gift one to my girlie!

Diane said...

I'm sure my boys would love this toy too!

mhchong said...

My kiddos would love this! I can see them easily addicted to this... and me too! Ha :)

Ruth said...

I would love to try the Kendama. Looks like a lot of fun!

domesticwormhole said...

This looks like lots of fun. I'd love to give it a try.

Robin

Cary said...

What a great idea! Looks like fun!

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Oh, these look like such fun. Love the idea of giving them something to tear themselves away from from the tech toys.

Dawn said...

Looks like a lot of fun!!

Julie said...

Ooh, that looks interesting!a

KatyHC said...

My older kids would love those! :)

cloudsonsun said...

it looks like loads of fun...hope I win one :) :)

cloudsonsun said...

that looks like loads of fun...hope i win one :) :)

AmyP said...

That looks like just the sort of fun thing I would get for my son and then never let him have a turn playing! =)

Renna said...

My first thought was if I win, how will I determine which grandkid to give it to....then I thought, maybe I better keep it so the grandkids can play with it when they visit, and I can play with it when they don't! ;-)

AnnEdith said...

Fascinating! Thanks for arranging the give-away! And thanks to Kendama!

AnnEdith said...

Fascinating! Thanks for arranging the give-away! And thanks to Kendama!

Vickie said...

This would be great in my classroom! Thanks for the chance to win!

Alisha said...

oh that sounds like a fun toy to win!!!!

Marie said...

Those look awesome!

Linda S. said...

Looks like fun-I'm sure my kids would love to play with one.

tif said...

this is probably so addicting!

Deb said...

These look really fun

Piukka said...

So it makes people leave computers and video games? A miracle! That is what my brother needs! :D (Okay, the situation isn't THAT bad but still :-))

StephZ said...

Cool ! It's really fun...

tea said...

two sons two daughters... I know what Santa needs to give the kids this year! Wonder if they're available in Europe?

yogiela said...

A great idea with a lot of fun!

faith76 said...

Great stuff - count me in and thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Looks like great fun!

Catherine C.

British Kendama Association said...

Kendama is indeed great fun, and extremely addictive! My friend Frida also knits and plays kendama, and she created a knitted kendama cover!

Estella said...

I remember when yo-yos were all the craze at my school in the early 1970's. It got to the point they were banned...I, however, LOVED my yo-yo and still to this day can have fun with it. So glad there is a craze - would love to win so my kids could give it a try.

mizz_b said...

How fantastic! I would love it if my daughter took to such a cool game.

Patty D from NC said...

I'd love to win one (and would be sure to let my 13 year give it a try!!) Thanks.

Chinamama4 said...

I would love to give one of these to my daughter Rachel for Christmas! What a great, fun idea!

Suzanne said...

I am going to show my boys these and hope they too get swept away. Great idea, Leslie!

fowlervilles_deb said...

I would love to win one of these....I know several teens who could benefit from these.....looks like you cannot play and lay around texting at the same time.....brillant!

corazenia said...

Oh dear! I want to be a cool cat too. And I promise to share it with my children! :)

John_crist@sbcglobal.net said...

great idea, get the kids off the video machines.

Jen G. said...

My kids would love to try this! Thanks..

noknittedknickers said...

I too became utterly addicted to yo yos when I was about 10. Your posted reminded me so much of that endless absorption. Thanks. Cx

jo said...

This looks fun! I bet my 13 year old would love it, thanks for the giveaway!

Ginger said...

I love those types of toys/games!

Anonymous said...

Yes, please! I believe both of my kids would love this. :)

Stephanie C said...

Something, anything to take the place of Wii!

kathy b said...

OM gosh yes!!! We got one approximately 40 years ago when a Japanese foreign exchange student brought one for my family. We still have it. WOoden. I also have a santa one for the holidays......cant believe its making a USA run! How fun

UmmRania said...

Wow, looks awesome, I dont know if I can join in the contest, I am in Europe not the US.....but if I can, I am in!

Kathy said...

This looks like so much fun!

HollyM said...

Wow, this looks fun! Thanks!

Trisha said...

My son had a cheap similar item that he loved!

Andi said...

Oh my gosh, something that may get my nephew away from the video games! I am all for it. Thank you!

maire said...

Would just love to try that....or give it to the grands!!

Kassia said...

Fun!! :)

Ajeng Sitoresmi said...

i first knew this toy when i read manga (Japanese comic)

Cynthia in NC said...

This looks likes so much fun! I think the whole family would love it. Thank you for sharing.

Kathy said...

cool...looks like a game even my 20 year old would like...

Mama Urchin said...

Wow! How generous. I know Tristan would love this. I think one might end up in his Christmas stocking.

Carrie B said...

Perfect for helping my daughter with her hand/eye coordination!

Gale said...

A great Christmas idea!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a Kendama.
Robert Heister

morewithles said...

OMG - count me in. I would love to introduce this to my kids! THANKS.

Michelle said...

How cool that you're giving some away! I was halfway through your post and already thinking they'd make great Christmas presents for my boys.

gracielynn's said...

LOL.. I had never seen this toy.. but sure looks like something my teen daughter & 9 yr old grandson would love ..

Mauri said...

how funny- my grandparents had one of these on the farm when I was growing up- along with a bunch of other toys of the same interest :)
We loved it! And yes, it definitely is a skill to master!!
thanks for the chance to win! :)

..and.. sooo much better than video games!

Daniela said...

This looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for the give-away.
Daniela from France

PghCathy said...

Looks like fun! And no electricity needed!

Anonymous said...

I want some for the grandsons. How perfect. Thanks for letting me know about these.

Alisa said...

I love it! Especially if it gets my kids off the computer without me having to be the bad guy!

Thanks!
justaysmom@gmail.com

LauraH said...

I think my boys would love these! Thanks Leslie!

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