There were a lot of toys this year that were of the "things on strings that you toss around and do tricks with" variety. And a lot of really physically engaging toys, in general. But one of our favorite string-based toys was the Kendama. It looks like a little judge's gavel with a pool ball attached to it, but it's a pretty addictive little trick toy. We tried our hand at it and we actually started to get the hang of it! Not nearly as good as these guys but, hey... we're editors. We're doing our best over here!
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