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How to Yo Yo

Follow these steps and you will be spinning tricks in no time at all.


  • Step 1: Adjust the string length Unravel the yo-yo, so it rests on the floor. The string should reach your belly button. If it's too long, cut it where it meets the bottom of your chest when the yo-yo is resting on the floor.
  • Step 2: Tie a loop Tie a loop at the end of the string, so that the string is the proper length.
  • Step 3: Wind the yo-yo Hold the yo-yo with your left hand, your index finger over the slot in the yo-yo. Wind the string one time around both the yo-yo and your finger. Then remove your finger and wind the rest of the string around the yo-yo.
  • Step 4: Loop your finger Place the loop on your middle finger, between your first and second knuckles.
  • TIP: Use your dominant hand to yo-yo, which will give you more control.
  • Step 5: Hold the yo-yo Hold the yo-yo in your hand, palm up, so that the string goes from your finger over the top to the yo-yo.
  • Step 6: Throw the yo-yo Throw the yo-yo forward and downward, opening with your hand open wide and facing your palm outward.
  • Step 7: Turn your hand and tug the string Turn your hand over so that your palm is facing the floor and sharply tug the string the second the sting is fully extended.
  • Step 8: Catch the yo-yo Catch the yo-yo in the palm of your hand, turn it over and repeat. You are now successfully yo-yoing. Keep practicing!
  • FACT: Did you know? The yo-yo did not make its way to the U.S. until 1916, even though its history extends back to 500 B.C.E.

You Will Need

  • A yo-yo
  • A hand

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