Yo-Yoing: Yomega Brain & Yomega Power Brain XP
So… apparently, I’m a total yo-yo dunce. I had absolutely NO idea that there were different kinds of yo-yos. I mean, I knew that there were all sorts of fancy tricks that people could do with yo-yos, but I always considered myself lucky to be able to get the thing to come back up to me.
Well, thanks to YOMEGA, I have been thoroughly educated on the ins and outs (or maybe ‘ups and downs’ would be more appropriate) of yo-yos. It seems that there are varying levels of yo-yoing, and various yo-yos to help you out in your quest to become a pro! We received the Yomega Brain (level 1) and the Yomega Power Brain XP (level 2) to try out. The Brain has an automatic return. Seriously. Just like a bowling alley. You throw it down and somehow or other, it knows it’s supposed to come back up! The Power Brain has the same automatic return feature, but it’s got a switch, so you can turn it off as you advance, or want to try out some more challenging yo-yoing.
I had my 13 year old in mind for these, figuring he would be my main guinea pig. He was, but of course, the younger two were insanely jealous and wanted to try out the yo-yos as well. They are recommended for ages 8 and up, and with them being 5 and 7, I told them that it would probably be too hard for them, and that yo-yos were intended for slightly older kids. Of course, anyone with kids knows that that information is not going to sway them AT ALL, and they still insisted on trying them out. Well, given that these BRAIN yo-yos are so smart, they were BOTH (with a little coaching) able to get the yo-yos to return, so long as they stood on a chair to do it since they were both way too short for the length of the string! They were satisfied, and the 13 year old went happily on his way with new yo-yos to play with and plans to visit the YOMEGA website, where they have videos and instructions for learning tricks, along with their full line of yo-yos, from beginner to pro.
BUT… I haven’t told you the BEST part yet. Along with the yo-yos, we were sent a Kendama to try out. Now honestly, I had never heard of this and had no idea what one was. But my son took one look in the box, yelled out in as much excitement as a 13 year old can muster while still sounding cool, “IS THAT A KENDAMA?!? OH MY GOSH! THAT’S AWESOME! THESE THINGS ARE LIKE THE COOLEST TOY EVER!!!!!”
Apparently, the Kendama is all the rage on the Junior High scene. He’s taken it to school with him every day since. When packing for a sleepover at a friend’s house, his friend pointed at it, and said, “bring the Kendama.” It’s like the scene from The Godfather, except instead of the gun and cannoli, it’s “leave the toothbrush, bring the Kendama!” I wish I’d known this before or I’d have hijacked the Kendama and saved it for his birthday! Have you tried to buy a gift for a 13 year old boy lately? Getting any sort of excited reaction out of them without a pricetag of $500 is practically impossible. There’s your teenage gift-buying tip of the day. You’re welcome!
Rachel is also a MOMS club member. She is thankful for the blessing of staying home to raise her three crazy, wonderful kids. In addition to scrapbooking, she likes knitting, gardening, reading, blogging and otherwise avoiding the housework she should be doing. You can read about her adventures and disasters at rachel’s ramblings.