If you're still looking for a unique Mother's Day gift, that outlasts cut flowers, think about a fun game or skill toy!
Thanks to our friends over at Cat & Mouse Game Store we get to check out a cool, green Kendama (both of my kids' favorite color)! What's a Kendama? Glad you asked. The Japanese invented it ages ago, and it's still in play today. This toy's got staying power.
As a Montessori family and a circus arts family, we're particularly fond of wooden toys and low tech, high skill games. This one is easy to start with and challenging to master. We'll have a personal video & pixs once my kids get a bit better at it. So far, the only drawback for beginners is the ball is pretty solid and heavy. My youngest got overzealous and went a bit gonzo with it and got a bruise on her hand. So it can be a bit painful to miss. If you have tots in the house, any toy with a wooden spike on it is probably not a stellar plan. Other than that, my 9 & 12 year old kids think it rocks!
Cat & Mouse has a good range of gorgeous wooden Kendamas in an array of colors for spring. Pick one while you can!
Click here for more of ChiIL Mama's past, photo filled Cat & Mouse Game Store coverage.
Here at ChiIL Mama we dig Cat & Mouse Game Store for those hard to shop for tweens & teens. Sure they carry merch for little kids through adults, but most of the other small, local toy stores are far more tot centric. Cat & Mouse is the big cheese of the non chain, indie toy stores, for skill toys, brain building games, roleplaying games, and other fun stuff. They also have an on line site, so even if you're not in Chi-town, you're still in luck.
This was my go to spot when my son turned 12 in March and said "surprise me". Store owner, Linda, was helpful and knowledgable in pointing out a plethora of possibilities, so surprise me didn't turn into disappoint me.
Here are a few of our family favs we've either bought, won, or gotten at ChiTAG to review over the years:
Bananagrams (and their whole line)
We highly recommend checking out Cat & Mouse's free, weekly workshops. Here's the scoop on their regulars. Check their website for special events and more.
Every Friday, 4-6pm
We're so happy to welcome YoYoJam team leader Ben Conde to Cat & Mouse, where he offers yo-yo lessons every Friday afternoon from 4-6pm. Ben is one of the most talented offstring players around, and brings a lot of style and energy to his performances and competitions. Whether you're completely new to yo-yoing or an advanced player who wants to work on some skills, Ben will be able to help you out. Just stop by the store any Friday afternoon to get schooled in the art of yo!