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A yo-yo is a traditional toy that doesn't cost very much and which you can buy in most toy shops. It was invented a long, long time ago! There's a picture of a boy playing with a yo-yo that's over 2,000 years old. 

A yo-yo is made up of two discs back to back, with a groove between them that you can wind string around. To play, you hold the yo-yo in one hand, then let the discs unwind the string through gravity, only to immediately rewind it up to your hand again.

Playing with a yo-yo demands skill and practice, and it's fun to compare skills with friends. 

This video from Howcast.com shows you how to do the basic moves with a yo-yo. And find out here how to make a yo-yo from two plastic bottle caps (from Idunn Godess). 


  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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