Class observation: parents engaged in a famous traditional Japanese game with their children

Using trash to make the traditional Kendama toy which is highly popular in Japan, teachers of the 3-year-old Kindergarten class – Hana – in Japanese International School (JIS) created a fun lesson for their students. For some parents who came to observe, even they were so attracted to the game that they lost all track of time.

Children in Hana class and parents had a lesson which was so interesting that they lost all track of time.


Kendama is a Japanese traditional toy which is enjoyed by children and adults alike. Despite its basic rules, Kendama is a mind game with over 1000 techniques, helping player to practice concentration and perseverance. Currently, this game has become a sports competition in Japan.

To train students to become more skilful and deft, teachers introduced this game to the Hana class. They glued the bottom of 2 cups together, added a piece of yarn and some scrunched-up papers.

Students were taught how to juggle before they started. The presence of parents in the lesson added to the fun. For many of them, that was their first time playing Kendama, so they were excited to be playing with their children.

Below are some pictures of this interesting lesson:

Pieces of old newspapers were used to make toys for students

Parents came to observe the lesson

Parents instructed their children to scrunch up the paper, wrap it up and use a wool thread to tie it up.

First time taking part in this Japanese traditional game, Mrs. Kiều Thị Bình was highly engaged in making the toy with her granddaughter.

From teachers, students to parents, everyone was enjoying playing the Kendama.

Parents could see their children were having so much fun.

For parents, it’s such a great joy to see their children having meaningful lessons filled with laughters.

The happiness was multiplied.

The game attracted not only children but also parents.

One parent played Kendama with his child.

His daughter watched his skilful hands closely.

Despite their busy schedule, parents tried to arrange time to come and observe their children in class.

Playing games and having fun help to foster the relationship between parents and children.

Kendama game helps people develop concentration and perseverance.

After playing, the children read comics with their mothers.

Looking at these moments, it is hard to think of this as a parents’ observation at JIS.

Phuong Chi