Saturday, January 21, 2006
How to make a shiny ball out of mud
Dorodango, the latest rage among Japanese preschool through elementary school-age children. Seriously! Short instructions: http://bitsandpieces1.blogspot.com/2006/01/how-to-make-shiny-ball-out-of-mud.html
Much more complete instructions, including short video clips: http://www.kyokyo-u.ac.jp/youkyou/4/english4.htm
They are amazingly beautiful Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education saw one of these beautiful creations, "and devised a method of making dorodango that could be followed even by children. Once Kayo teaches children how to make these mud balls, they become absorbed in forming a sphere, and they put all their energy into polishing the ball until it sparkles. The dorodango soon becomes the child's greatest treasure." Kayo is a psychologist who researches children's play.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. - Dale Carnegie