My son keeps talking about yoyos. He wants to do tricks like dad, and is excited to do the “poo dangle” (a sleeper that I dangle from my butt… yes, I’m childish, too… he love it!).
In practical terms, I don’t think he’s even tall enough to have enough string to do anything with a yoyo. He certainly doesn’t have the coordination to throw a sleeper and do a gravity pull. In short, he won’t be able to use a yoyo right now. I want to encourage his interest, and I don’t want him to be overly discouraged if I hand him a yoyo and it “doesn’t work”.
There’s always a “yoyo ball” (a ball with a retraction mechanism inside), but he certainly won’t be able to do the poo dangle with that. Besides, hard to find those anymore (not to mention a Google search revealing a whole movement to have them banned because of strangulation deaths!!! Scary!).
Anybody have any ideas? Any parents out there give their younger-than-recommended (recommended age is 6+, mine is 3.5!) children a yoyo and not have an even harder situation to deal with? (ie. child’s disappointment… broken vases…). I mean, in a normal world where things happen as you wish, he retains his interest for another year or two when he has the coordination to use his first yoyo. But in this world, he’s asking me almost every day, and I don’t want to put him off forever.