Last Christmas, one of my son's favourite gifts was his Sweets Kendama. This is one toy that stands the test of time - he still loves to use it a year later. And, as a parent, I love that it's an active and creative toy. The kendama is a traditional Japanese toy consisting of a ken (sword) and tama (ball). The ball is connected to the base or ken by a string. The ken has three cups and a spike that fits into the hole in the ball.
My son likes to watch the tips and tricks videos on the Sweets Kendamas website. Basic kendama tricks consist of catching the ball in the cups and on the spike. From there, more experienced users can try kendama tricks that involve juggling and balancing. Use of a kendama can increase a child's focus and hand-eye coordination while building self-esteem.
Sweets Kendamas was founded by juggler and yo-yo enthusiast Matt “Sweets” Jorgenson. After seeing a kendama in a video, he searched the web to find one and discovered they could only be purchased overseas. He started Sweets Kendamas in 2010 with a vision of providing kendama players the best products available. That goal led the Sweets Kendamas crew to begin painting and finishing kendamas in Minnesota, creating a quality finish that couldn't be found elsewhere.
There are a variety of really cool finishes to be had. The kendamas pictured are from the Chameleon Marble series. The marble-style paint is a Sweets Kendamas staple design. The marbling is done by hand and each one is unique. The kendamas in this series have been coated with shimmering chameleon paint to give them a colour-shifting effect. Browse the shop for your favourite design. This toy makes for a gift that any child or teen will cherish for years to come.
Who on your shopping list would love to have a Sweets Kendama? Which one do you like best?
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