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  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    painted wood and string

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Christopher Ford, Kent [85/1426]

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 2

Physical description

Wooden yo-yo with original string. One half of the yo-yo is painted red and the other light green.



Materials and Techniques

painted wood and string


Diameter: 50 mm whole object

Historical context note

The yo-yo has been used as a toy, weapon and stress reliever. The toy yo-yo has been around for thousands years. Yo-yos were used a wepaons in the Philippines during the 1500s. Hunters would set in trees and attack animals using a rock on the end of a string. This weapon could be used over and over gain. The rock developed into a carved piece of wood and yo-yoing became the national pastime. In Europe in the 1700s, particularly in France and England, yo-yoing became popular among the aristocracy as a game, but also as a way of keeeping calm and relaxed.

Descriptive line

Yo-yo, red and light green, wood and string

Labels and date

Group of yo-yos, 1950-1990
The yo-yo is said to have originated in ancient China and is shoiwn on Greek pots around 500 BC. In England from 1700-1800, it was also called 'quiz' or 'bandalore'. []


Wood; String (fiber product)


Carving; Painting


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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