Jr. High / High School - Turn a balero on a wood lathe: 

Plans for making a wooden balero in Industrial Arts / Shop Class

Ideas for making Baleros for Elementry School Students:

See Also: Cup and Ball Game using a Yoghurt Pot | Cup and Ball Game from South Africa | From Mexico ... Cup and Ball | LES FICHES DE FABRICATION DES BILBOQUETS | http://www.fabricadebrinquedos.com.br/bilboque.htm | http://www.honda.co.jp/service/playland/kendama02.html |

jcdbaler.jpg (62518 bytes) JUGANDO CON DESECHOS / PLAYING WITH THROW AWAYS - Balero doble. Reuso de: cartón, hilo, pelota de golf. / Reuse of a carton, string, and golf ball

Uruguay, S. America http://www.erres.org.uy/jcd11.htm

Paper Cone Baleros

Here are the directions we use to create Balero games here at the Mesa
Southwest Museum:

Materials:  Sturdy paper for the cone that 11" x 14", markers or crayons,
scissors, glue, stapler, hole punch, a wooden bead or heavy button for the
ball.  24" of string.

Lay posterboard flat and measure cone 11" along the side and 14" along the

Before you cut out the cone, decorate it with Mexican art patterns using
markers and crayons  (we provide examples of different patterns).

Staple the sides of the cone and glue the bottom tip.

Punch 1 hole near the top edge of the cone.

Cut the string about 2 feet long.  Put one end into the hole (punched near
top end of cone) and knot string on the inside.  Tie bead or button on
other end of the string as the 'ball'.

We let the children know that this game is played throughout the world, and
in Mexico players may compete for prizes during Fiestas and other events.

Thank you, Keli Copeland
Education Assistant, Mesa Southwest Museum

A Mexican Balero
The universally popular cup and ball game is played in Mexico at its many annual
celebrations. Just as popular as the pinata, the balero is as fun to make as it is to play.

Use heavy construction paper, decorated with crayons, paints and cut outs glued on and fashioned into cones. Mexican Baleros are traditionally decorated with flowers, plants, geometric patterns and text (names to personalize are common). A string is tied to the cone and a small wooden or plastic bead or ball with a hole in it. You can reinforce the cone with a piece of tape where the string attaches.

BALERO (How to make a cup and ball type balero from http://www.efdeportes.com/efd9/jue914.htm)
Con un pico de botella desechable, una pelota de goma, un pedazo de palo de escoba y un trozo de chaura, podemos fabricar este juguete.

BALERO: With a top of disposable bottle, a ball, a stick or dowel and a piece of string, one can manufacture this toy.  Cut the tops off of plastic bottles to make the cup. Insert the sticks in the bottom of the cups (tops of the bottles) and secure with tape. Tie the stings to the sticks and the balls, tape up the balls if necessary to secure the strings.


Players: one

Materials: the Indians used a wooden cup, but you can use a paper or plastic cup, straight twelve inch stick, fourteen inch piece of string, needle/pin.

How to make it: Find a straight stick (twelve inches long.) Cut a piece of string fourteen inches long and knot one end. With a needle or pin, make a small hole in the bottom of a paper cup. Then put the thread through the hole (knotted end on the inside of the cup.) Bind the other end of the string around the stick (several times) and tie it tightly.

Swing the cup around and try to catch it on the stick. Watch your head because the cup sure flies!

Let’s go to France and visit a game that has made it’s way all around the world. It is called Bilboquet and is the traditional catch the ball in the cup game. To make your own you need a large bead with a hole in the middle, a cup, sting or yarn, and scissors. Poke a small hold in the bottom of the cup. Make a knot in your string on the inside of the cup and pull the other end through the hole. Tie the bead to the bottom end of the string. To play you must hold the cup in one hand and try to swing the bead to land in it.

From:  http://ky.essortment.com/gameforchild_rwnd.htm


Additional Web Resources:

bulletBoo Boo Land: (Making Paper Kendamas / Baleros, Japanese with pictures) http://www.honda.co.jp/service/playland/kendama02.html
bulletFÁBRICA DE BRINQUEDOS: (A decorated cup on a stick bilboque / balero, Portuguesse with pictures) http://www.fabricadebrinquedos.com.br/bilboque.htm

Pepe’s Toys (a story about a homemade balero)

    from:  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/online/2000/grade3/read/pepe.txt
On the first day of school, the bell rang, and Chris Martin said, "Vacation’s over. I guess it’s back to work for us." The teacher Mr. Garza said, "Welcome back to school, everyone. We have a new boy in our class. His name is Pepe, and he’s from Mexico. Let’s make him feel at home." The children looked at Pepe with curiosity and smiled.

Pepe took his seat without saying a word. He was so quiet the children almost forgot he was there. When the children went outside to play, they began a game of football. At first Pepe sat under a tree. He observed the game as the students ran up and down on the field. Trying to figure out the rules, Pepe paid close attention. After a while he jumped up and joined the fun. Suddenly someone kicked the ball over the fence. Smiling, Mr. Garza went to get the ball.

"That’s okay," said Chris. "It’s hot, and I’m getting tired of playing anyway." He sat down in the shade.

Pepe joined Chris in the shade. Without saying a word Pepe pulled some string and a bottle cap with two holes in it out of his pocket. Then he poked the string through the holes. He took one end of the string in each hand and stretched the string tight. The bottle cap spun around so fast Chris could barely see it. He watched in astonishment. "Hey, look at what Pepe made!" Chris yelled. "That looks like fun!" Pepe was pleased that Chris was interested. He quickly made a toy just like it for Chris. Chris pulled at both ends of the string, and his bottle cap began to whirl around, too.

Outside the next day Pepe made another toy. This time he took out a plastic cup. The bottom of the cup had a small hole in the middle. Pepe put a long string through the hole and knotted it. Then he tied the other end of the string to a small stick. Pepe swung the cup around on the string and caught it with the stick. He called this new toy a balero. A girl named Nancy played with the toy until she could catch the cup on the stick almost every time.

Each day more of his new classmates became interested in the toys Pepe could make. He would make a new toy and then demonstrate how to use it. After watching Pepe, the children would know how the toy worked. Chris and Nancy would help Pepe make up English names for his toys. One day Nancy brought two paper cups and a long string to school. At playtime she poked a tiny hole in the bottom of each cup and then knotted one end of the string inside each cup. She gave Pepe one of the cups and asked him to walk away and put it to his ear. When Nancy whispered into her cup, Pepe’s eyes opened wide. He could hear her clearly. Pepe thought it was marvelous! The weeks passed quickly. Pepe taught his new friends to make many different toys. He was glad he had come to this school.