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String Games
This is an ancient game played around the world. Remember string games and fugures like "Jacob's Ladder", "Kitty Whiskers", "Cup and Saucer" or Cats Cradle?! Those are only the beginning.

You just need some string for this fun filled activity, making it ideal for playing in the car on long trips. Skill levels vary from super easy to very difficult, so there is something for everyone. It requires concentration, dexterity, and it fosters perseverance and patience. Kids love to practice new figures over and over as they learn them, so don't leave home without tossing a ball of yarn into your travel activities pack! 

There are several resources available on the web with pictures and instructions for how to make all kinds of string figures. Here are my favorites. These links will all open up in a new window, so just close the window to come back here when you're done:

How to do Jacobs Ladder
My own step by step instructions for how to create this string figure. Pictures and Video on how to make Jacob's Ladder! WATCH VIDEO: Jacob's Ladder

How to do Cat Whiskers with String
Step by step instructions shown from the user's point of view for making this string figure. Also includes a how-to WATCH VIDEO: Cat Whiskers with string

How to do Cat's Cradle
In cat's cradle, two people make shapes with string and pass them back and forth.Step by step instructions shown from the user's point of view for making this string figure. Also includes a how-to WATCH VIDEO: Cat's Cradle

My String Figures Videos which include instructions:

My Youtube channel has some of the most popular tutorials for doing string figures. I've had over two million views on my channel!  Most of those are for my string videos.

The WWW Collection of Favorite String Figures
This is the best and most comprehensive site I found. It starts with the basics and gradually demonstrates harder figures as you learn. The drawings are fantastic and easy to follow, and are included for each step along the way, not just the final product. Print out the instructions and take them with you on the road!! 

How to do Cat's Cradle
Excellent illustrations. In cat's cradle, two people make shapes with string and pass them back and forth.

"Going Fishing"
A wonderfully creative string figure story with illustrations.

Have fun!

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Videos from my Youtube channel with my demonstrations for making string figures such as Jacob's Ladder, Kitty Whiskers, and Cup and Saucer.  Please follow my Youtube channel for more!

How to do Cup and Saucer with string


How to do Cats Whiskers with string


How to do Jacobs Ladder


How to do a Star figure with string

How to do Crows Feet with string

How to do Witch's Broom with string

How to Play Cat's Cradle with string


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