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Way back in 2002, I posted a story about a Japanese schoolyard pastime called hikaru dorodango, where kids take playground mud, form it into balls, and then polish them to a mirror-like finish.
Here's the site of an American named Bruce Gardner who has been making beautiful dorodango and sharing his recipe for making them.
The latest Japanese schoolyard trend is hikaru dorodango (shiny balls of mud).
Children could also be found sharing information about where to find the best dirt and sand for making dorodango or even sometimes keeping such information secret.
In the process of making dorodango, the children demonstrated behavior that was surprising from the perspective of developmental psychology.
we are sooo gonna have to have a dorodango mud ball day. i'm totally serious. it can be an extended IT gathering that starts early in the day and lasts until we each finish a ball. friends,food, conversation, laughter, MUD...
hikaru dorodango a couple times before but they're always worth another look.
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