MOKURU Review and Giveaway
I’m a secondary school teacher, so this academic year I have seen (and survived through) dabbing, bottle-flipping and fidget-spinners. We are still in the fidget-spinner craze, with almost every kid in my school seeming to have one. That is, unless they were foolish enough to start playing with it in my Head of Department’s lessons. She has amassed quite a collection!
I don’t actually mind the fidget-spinners. They can be fairly unobtrusive. I even relented and let Freyja have one. I can see the appeal. There is something calming about playing with one. However, I think the fad will have passed come September.
When one fad passes, the next is hot on its heels. MOKURU promises to be the next craze to sweep through our schools. MOKURU is a desktop toy from Japan, and is already a big hit there and in Hong Kong. Initially, it doesn’t seem to be anything special. It is a tapered wooden stick about 3 inches long – a good size for popping into a pocket or a bag.
I was initially quite sceptical about this toy. I wasn’t sure how this was going to appeal to kids. But as I sat, holding it in my hand, contemplating this, I realises that it sat well in my hand. There was a nice weight to it and despite its simplicity, it felt well made. I had a little look on the MOKURU website to find out what to do with it. The promotional video on there was impressive. This simplistic toy could perform acrobatic flips, multiple times after the gentlest push. It did make me want to try it for myself. It took a few attempts, trying to judge the amount of force needed, but soon I had it. I demonstrated my new skill to Freyja. She was amazed by how this piece of wood could roll over and over and was keen to give it a go herself. It didn’t take her long either to get the hang of what to do.
I’m not sure if MOKURU will be as “big” as fidget spinners have been, but there is definitely something about them. Once you have spent a few minutes playing with it, you want to keep going. You want to see how many times you can get it to flip over in one go. As you need a fair bit of desk space to use this, I am not sure how long these would last in schools. However, I could easily see it becoming a bit of an executive toy.
MOKURU is launched is available from SMYTHS Toys and Amazon, but you can win one of three I have to giveaway by entering via Gleam below. The competition closes 28th August 2017 at 11.59PM and is open to UK entrants only. Winners will not be able to specify their choice of colour.
Disclaimer: We were sent the MOKURU for review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.