PLAY into your Parenting: Yo-Yo Day - The Bodhi Tree and Stacey

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JUNE 6th is the official Yo-Yo DAY!

 

Of COURSE you can choose to make it Yo-Yo Day any day you choose.

 

It is believed that the yo-yo most likely originated in China. The first historical mention of the yo-yo, however, was from Greece in the year 500 B.C. These ancient toys were made out of wood, metal, or painted terracotta disks and called just that, a disc.

 

Food Ideas:

At breakfast nothing says yo-yo shape like an english muffin filled with scrambled eggs (you’ll need them to use their imaginations for the string)

For a lunch box addition what about a macaron on a little piece of string.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/223234/macaron-french-macaroon/

Dinner inspirations include carrot circles, zucchini circles, cucumber circles, mushroom caps dangling by pieces of pasta.

 

Craft Ideas:

Using what’s available in your house or you may need to get a few things from the store.  

Thread spools without  the thread on them make for great yo-yo’s, when you attach wool or string to them, wind them up, let them fall and pull them back up.

Winding string around small pieces of driftwood and doing the same as above.

Purchasing yo-yo’s and learning how to use them together, especially when standing safely on a chair or the bed, giving height to the experience.

 

Book Ideas:

Yo Yo Tricks: 101 New Tricks for your Yo-yo by Jpv Publishing

Yo-Yo!: Tips & Tricks from a Pro by Ron Burgess

The Giant Yo-Yo Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Yo-Yo Tournament by John Scheibe and Kathy Varie

 

Classroom Ideas:

For teachers, setting up an experience that acknowledges the day.

Provide enough yo-yo’s for each member of the class

Teach basic yo-yo moves and then ask them to try a few suggestions from here:

https://yoyotricks.com/yoyo-tricks/beginner-tricks/

Thread spools without  the thread on them make for great yo-yo’s, when you attach wool or string to them, wind them up, let them fall and pull them back up.

Winding string around small pieces of driftwood and doing the same as above.

Set a classroom challenge, who can make the best yo-yo using natural materials (yes jute is natural string)?

 

For the rest of us, taking something to school to share.

Macarons look an awful lot like yo-yo’s to me.  Local bakery or grocery store will have them.

 

Mindful Minutes:

Time spent together doing something that acknowledges the day.

Roll your child up in a blanket or a towel, then unroll them, just like a yo-yo!

Go outside and roll down a hill together.Hold them in your lap, facing you with their legs wrapped around your waist. Slowly lay their back towards the floor, never letting go.  Go up and down, just like a yo-yo!

Be prepared to giggle A lot!

 

Doing fun things with our children creates a deeper connection with them.  

With deeper connection we create opportunities to talk, to laugh & to be seen experiencing joy, which is so important! Love, Stacey

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