Boys and their toys: Diabolos spin new craze in playgrounds

2010-09-22 00:00

SOME call them Chinese yo-yos; others call them “diabolos”. It is a new craze that is selling like hotcakes in toy shops around the city.

The diabolo is nothing like the normal yo-yo because it is played with both hands and it comes with two sticks tied to a string.

Tiny Togs n’ Toys at the Hilton Quarry, which sells the yo-yos, has been overcome by the influx of young schoolboys who are crazy about the pastime.

Manager Dawn Clarke said: “We have been very busy, because this is our third batch that we are selling to primary school kids, who have been coming in their numbers to buy diabolos.”

She said they have sold over a hundred of the yo-yos this month alone.

“These yo-yos come with a DVD which has all the tricks. However, the kids are so good with them they even improvise some excellent moves,” said Clarke.

The yo-yos cost R120 and come in a range of colours.

The Witness visited Laddsworth Primary School to see some of the pupils in action.

Dylan Lowe, a grade four pupil, said: “I bought mine four days ago and I learnt most of the tricks by watching the DVD that comes with it.”

He said the diabolo is a lot of fun and his parents do not mind him playing because it keeps him away from the television.

“It is lovely because it does not interfere with my school work.”

The tricks have names like “spider”, “ground”, “neck hop”, and “rock ’n roll”.

The headmistress of Laddsworth, Anne Tarr, said the yo-yos seem to be good for establishing balance and hand and eye co-ordination.

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