MOKURU fidget sticks are the new craze about to hit town so we were rather excited at being sent one to review. This hand held wooden toy supposedly challenges creativity, precision, patience and hand eye coordination.
Designed by Masakazu Node and crafted with quality beech wood, it’s simple design provides endless possibilities that will test your creativity and dexterity.
The only limitation of this ‘skill toy’ is your imagination… and ability!
How does MOKURU work?
The basic concept is that you flip it over, one or many times resulting in it standing up either on it’s own accord or with some help from a hand or static object.
– simply tip over the toy,
– flip it from one hand to another
– flip it to draw a triangle or square shape
– flip it from one person to another
– spin it on it’s side and stop it using one finger
More advanced skills (MOKURU masters) can …
– use two-five MOKURU at once with one hand.
– flip it and get it to stand up un aided (this is sooo hard but I have succeeded a couple of times)
– flip it so it moves between obstacles
– flip it up hill and down hill
– flip it into a small basket or container underneath the table top
– flip it and catch it on the back of your hand
– flip it and get it to stand upright next to a static object (we used the edge of a laptop, a bottle another persons hand).
Being small means it’s easy to transport but it’s also noisy so you do need to think about where your and/or your kids are going to play with it when out and about.
It’s also quite addictive once you get started.
We all struggled the first time we had a go but soon grasped the basics enough to start having some fun playing around and making up games.
A good flick to start with helped with the direction and rhythm of the flip. Plus, listening to the rhythm of the MOKURU helped us more when trying to stop it rather than using our eyes. As a family we love flipping it to each other in a group and who ever misses their flip is out.
My eldest who has mild dyspraxia found it the hardest to do but with some perseverance she managed to get to grips and actually it’s been a great toy for tuning her fine motor skills and I’m going to make sure she uses it regularly to keep exercising her hands/fingers.
Ultimately though there are no rules or constraints allowing the toy to be used and played with however a child wants to and thats it’s beauty. Kids love it’s flexibility and the natural competition and community that arises from a toy like this. This toy is going to be huge!
Available from SMYTHS Toys and Amazon it comes in green (Matcha), orange, (Kirin) white (Byakko), red (Suzaku), blue (Seiryu) and yellow (Inazuma)! Beware of fakes though (there are plenty out there). A true MOKURU will have the brand name etched into the side.
Now you have a chance to win 1 of 3 MOKURU by filling in the Gleam form below. Unfortunately winners will not be able to specify which colour MOKURU they receive
– This giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
– THREE winner will be chosen via Gleam and announced on this page.
– The winners will be contacted by e-mail within 3 days of competition ends, if they do not respond within 28 days another winner may be chosen.
– Your details will not be passed onto any third parties by BlueBearWood.
– The winner will be sent ONE MOKURU fidget stick (unfortunately winners will not be able to specify which colour MOKURU they receive).
– Delivery is not the responsibility of BlueBearWood and may take some time to arrive.
– Any damage or problems with the prize is not the responsibility of BlueBearWood.
– Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
– There is no cash alternative. Competition starts on 13/08/2017 – 31/08/2017 11.59pm.