String Games

Today the girls have spent lots of time doing string games. If you are like me, you remember these from when you were 12 or 13 and you carried a loop of string with you all the time to make a cat’s cradle or a Jacob’s ladder or cat’s whiskers or any number of other things.


It started out kind of strange because we have been reading The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards. (Just a book I picked up somewhere but I’ll be sharing more about it because it is so fun!) In the book, there is a creature called the Splintercat who lives in a cat’s cradle made of string. In the story, he pulls out his loop of string and plays the cat’s cradle game but messes it up to the point that someone is stuck in the string.

It made me start thinking of looking up some videos of how to do these string games because it has been so long since I have done them that I don’t really remember.

Fast forward to sign language class this morning. Miss E’s best friend, who she takes sign classes with, had spent the Thanksgiving holidays learning a bundle of string games from her cousins and looking them up on YouTube. We then went to a homeschool lunch, which was also attended by aforementioned best friend, and the girls sat there and played these string games for about an hour.

Then, when we got home, we looked up the suggested YouTube link – Mom’s Minivan. Definitely the place to go for simple, easy-to-follow videos and her website has some printed instructions on how to do many of these string games. It’s a hit. I imagine I will be seeing string games going on here for many days to come.

Simple, fun, inexpensive, and challenging – all that I love in a game.

At Home.


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4 thoughts on “String Games

  1. agilitynut November 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm Reply

    oh I loved doing string games as a girl too, tried to get the lad interested in them and that was a huge fail. Too bad eh? Ah well.. it’s not minecraft, skyrim or pokemon, has no story telling attached to it… just a piece of string…not the thing for this boy child…

    • 3gigglygirlsathome November 30, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

      Too bad but so many options for engaging the mind, sounds like he has found many. You’ll have to enlighten me about skyrim, though. Don’t know it.

  2. agilitynut November 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Skyrim is a computer game the lad plays… dragons and fighting, warrior type of game. Dad plays it too….

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