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:
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
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:
- Cup and Saucer with string: VIDEO
- Witch's Broom with string: VIDEO
- Crow's Feet with string: VIDEO
- Five point Star with string: VIDEO
- Cutting Off Fingers string trick: VIDEO
- 4 String tricks you can do with Jacobs Ladder: VIDEO
- Hammock String Figure: VIDEO
- King Fish String Figure: VIDEO
- Drum & Spider String Figures: VIDEO
- Mosquito String Figure: VIDEO
- Turtle String Figure: VIDEO
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!!
to do Cat's Cradle
Excellent illustrations. In cat's cradle, two people make shapes with string and pass them back and forth.
A wonderfully creative string figure story with illustrations.
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Road Trip Mom recommends:
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 a Star figure with string
How to do Crows Feet with string
How to do Witch's Broom with string
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