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:

Much more complete instructions, including short video clips:

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

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