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Coming back with a Yo-Yo Post

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been consistent in my posting; I’m working on a weekly schedule that will force me to update twice a week (start and finish of the week) to help me continue my growth as a writer and young entrepreneur! πŸ™‚

I recently had an amazing opportunity thanks to Nicki Lee of the Butte View Elementary School After-School program to teach some young amazing kids how to yo-yo and wanted to share the pictures that she took with you guys! I got a lot of valuable information out of teaching these kids which will most definitely end up in my Learn to Throw (beginners yo-yoing) book.

I started out telling the kids about the history of the yo-yo, talked about some of the myths out there, and answered their questions from what kind of tricks I know, have I competed, and do I have any pets. I have a ferret. πŸ™‚

I spent a good deal of my time making sure the kids knew how to attach the yo-yo to their hand and how to throw it correctly for optimal spin time. Taught them how to make a slip knot out of the pre-tied loop in the string and how to set the yo-yo in their hand so it rolled out correctly when they performed a ‘Throw Down’, the first trick one must learn to open the floodgates to the rest of the tricks in the yo-yo universe!

I also spent a lot of time going around working one-on-one with the kids; making sure they were holding the yo-yo correctly when they threw it, taught them each a few basic tricks such as “the Sleeper”, “Walk the Dog”, “Rock the Baby”, and one of the girls who already had some yo-yo skills learned how to perform “Around the World!”

Ultimately I had a great time and took back a lot of knowledge on what I need to improve upon in my book to make it even more effective for beginner yo-yo enthusiasts. Ultimately the knowledge was gained from those outside my target market for the book, however the data was important and I was really happy to have had the opportunity to learn it while teaching these amazing kids a few tricks and maybe even getting a few of them into the fulfilling hobby of yo-yoing!

Mike

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  1. Awesome! What kind of yo’s did you give the kids to use? I always wanted to do something like this…you’ve inspired me!

  2. Awesome! What kind of yo’s did you give the kids to use? I always wanted to do something like this…you’ve inspired me!

  3. Hey Chris! The yo-yo’s I brought are a new beginners yo-yo by Dave Bazan of Buzz-On Industries called the Starfire. I’m not sure if he’s going to be releasing these to stores or not… The group that had me come (the after school program) bought seven of them from me for $7.00 each for each of the kids to take home. πŸ™‚ Glad to hear I inspired, hope you’re having a great day! (P.S., I left you a message on yoyonation.com)

  4. Hey Chris! The yo-yo’s I brought are a new beginners yo-yo by Dave Bazan of Buzz-On Industries called the Starfire. I’m not sure if he’s going to be releasing these to stores or not… The group that had me come (the after school program) bought seven of them from me for $7.00 each for each of the kids to take home. πŸ™‚ Glad to hear I inspired, hope you’re having a great day! (P.S., I left you a message on yoyonation.com)

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