myFibo – my first boomerang
Throwing a boomerang has never been easier!
myFibo is a fun and easy way for kids (and grown-ups!) to learn to throw a boomerang. You can also customize the boomerangs by painting them up any way you like!
myFibo is designed for children (six and up) and beginners who want a taste of this world famous way to train your skills
The instruction manual includes interesting background info on the physics and history of the boomerang as well as Aborigine art. Feel free to colour your boomerangs using Aborigine art as an inspiration!
Hold the boomerang vertically by one of its points using your thumb and index finger. Make sure that so that the printed side faces in (or out if you're left-handed). Give it a quick throw and get it spinning using both your arm and your wrist.
Be sure to keep your wrist relaxed and lightly tip the boomerang to your right (or to your left if you're left-handed). The boomerang flies in a curve all on its own. A few tries and you'll have it spinning in no time!
Tip: since it's so light, it doesn't take much force to get the kangaroo-boomerang flying!
The physics of it
Why does your boomerang come back?
The trick is in the rotation and the headwinds which reinforce each other. The grooved wing act as an airfoil, while its profile generates lift. Since the boomerang flies vertically rather than horizontally like an airplane, the lift acts sideways rather than up. Both the front and back wings are constantly diverted as the boomerang flies, but the back wing less so than the front. That's why your boomerang always makes its way back to you!
Paint like the Aborigines
The indigenous people of Australia were not only good boomerang-throwers, but also great artists. They are well known for their famous patterns, which are not only pretty to look at but carry hidden meanings: so circles stand for bodies of water, villages, and other important places, while lines stand for rain and rivers.
The history of the boomerang
The oldest known boomerang comes from the Carpathian mountains in Poland. It is an incredible 23 000 years old and made out of the tusk of a woolly mammoth! Boomerangs continued to be produced during the bronze and iron age in Europe.
Today, it is the Aborigine, the indigenous people of Australia, that are most often associated with the use of the boomerang. Their boomerangs (called kylies) were originally used for hunting. They did not return to the thrower, but they could fly for up to an incredible 100 metres (300 feet)!
Nowadays, the boomerang is used for sport, and there are many international competitions associated with it. myFibo is your way into the fascinating world of boomerang sports!