On-Going Programs

You don't have to run away and join the circus. Bring juggling and skill toys to your organization instead. Encourage self-directed learning, growth mindset, and whole person well-being. Incorporate the tools as a focused part of meetings or make them available in common areas as a playful mental, physical, and social break. Either way, you don’t need to be an expert, but can learn alongside the group as you model goal setting and achievement. Perfect for tween/teen programs, college RA and LLC groups, as well as companies.


Training

Half or full-day trainings focus on increasing comfort with the tools, understanding current brain and positive psychology research, and building a learning culture. Programmers may not be masters at the skill toys by the end of the session, but will learn how to create a culture of success that motivates players to practice, fail, and try again.

Skill Toy Kits

A carefully curated selection of skill toys from around the world includes flower sticks, kendama, yo yo, and more. Some require precision while others lend themselves to creative play. All can be used individually or in groups, on stage or for competition, and indoors or out. Perfect tools for hands-on and thumbs-free play.

Support Materials

Instructional videos and support materials created based on more than 10 years of running juggling and skill toy programs. The materials support programmers as they put training into practice and develop sustainable, dynamic learning for their organization.

Watch Us In Action


Client Spotlights

Client: State Library System in the Southeastern U.S.
Challenge: Provide a new programming option for tween and teen librarians statewide.
Strategy: Full-day training for 40 teen librarians focused on skill toy program implementation, teen social and brain development, and creating a culture of success. Combine with Skill Toy Kits for libraries to share and a follow-up webinar.
Impact:

  • "I think the biggest benefit to incorporating skill toys into young adult program is that is offers a common platform for students of all backgrounds to work together to achieve a common goal. While they do try to accomplish an individual goal, they encourage and help one another along the way. I have a kit on my wish list of 2016 purchases. Every product is well made and I know my students will enjoy them for many years to come." - Workshop Attendee

Some of the ways librarians implemented their training and used skill toys to engage teens:

  • "I planned a Yo-Yo Mania program for our library that was held soon after your workshop at the State Library. I thought the skill toys would be a perfect addition and they were very well received!"
  • "We have had a gaming partnership with the local Police Department for almost 2 years. Officers often visit us to play video games, board games, and chess. While we had the skill toys kit (borrowed from the State Library), I created stations featuring the skill toys along with instructional videos and a teen who was familiar with the use of the toy, but had not necessarily mastered it. I am not certain who had more fun- the officers or my teens! The officers and teens certainly experienced "fun through failure" while trying to learn these new skills."
  • "I also used these same concepts while visiting summer camps and other outreach visits."

Client: Boys & Girls Club affiliated camp in Southeastern U.S.
Challenge: Implement a sustainable program for a high school leadership program in which teens from a major metropolitan area visit camp once a month for a leadership-in-training weekend. The skills they learn need to be applicable to their roles as counselors during summer camp.
Strategy: Full-day team building for approximately 20 teens using juggling and skill toys to address the leadership theme. Combine with Juggling and Skill Toy Kits for continued practice during retreats and program implementation during the summer.
Impact:

  • "I can attest to the powerful impact Paul and Dawn had on our teen leadership program. It was a great learning experience for them to practice skills in the abstract and professional fields, while playing with cool skills toys. Highly recommended!" - Camp Director

Client: State Library System in the Northeastern U.S.
Challenge: Provide a new programming option for tween and teen librarians statewide.
Strategy: Full-day trainings in three different regions of the state for teen librarians. Training focused on skill toy program implementation, teen social and brain development, and creating a culture of success. Combine with a dozen Skill Toy Kits for libraries to share and a follow-up webinar.
Impact:

  • "Excellent session. Perfect balance of information, activity, and idea sharing. In the 11 years I’ve been a librarian, this was one of the most enjoyable and informational/useful workshops I’ve ever attended. Thanks.” Teen Librarian
  • “Are ya kiddin’? Any better and my head might explode. Seriously, it was well thought out and conducted. Thanks for developing this program because it really is an engaging technique for reaching and teaching.” Teen Librarian
  • “I received my kit today, and I'm so excited! Our first event isn't scheduled until September, but I've been going over our calendar trying to figure out where else I can sneak them into our programming before then... I'm so excited!” Teen Librarian
  • “I took some skill toys to my school visit to promote summer reading. Their enthusiasm was off the charts. The best part of my day: ‘Miss Sarah, you're a GENIUS!’ The spinning plates have helped me reach genius status.” Teen Librarian

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