Cat's Cradle

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Cat’s Cradle is a simple sequence game played with a looped length of string. Two or more partners use the string to form various shapes, each building on the last. The goal of the game is to get to the last shape without making a mistake. Learning to play Cat’s Cradle couldn’t be easier—all you need is a piece of string, a steady hand and a friend to help you work through the different configurations.

     Length: 165 cm

     

    Here’s how to play the cat’s cradle string game:

    1. Start with the Cat's cradle string, forming it in a circle
    2. One player puts both hands through the circle, then stretches out the string and holds firmly under their thumbs
    3. The same player then loops each side of the string around their hand.
    4. The player then extends their middle finger on one hand and tucks it under the string on their other hand, pulling tightly.
    5. The same movement is repeated using the middle finger of the other hand.
    6. If done correctly, there will be 2 X’s formed on both sides of a loop (or cat’s cradle) in the middle of the string.
    7. Player two then pinches both X’s simultaneously with both thumbs and forefingers, pulling the X’s up tautly
    8. Player two then pushes the pinched X’s between the outside strings.
    9. As player two is bringing the X’s through outside strings, they gently lift and pull the entire string. Player one should slowly work their hands free of the cat’s cradle at the same time, passing the puzzle into the other player’s hands.
    10. If done correctly, when passed from player one to player two, the cat’s cradle should look just like it did in step 6.

    What do kids learn from playing cat’s cradle? You probably think the biggest thing kids would learn from cat’s cradle is creative problem-solving. And while you would be right (cat’s cradle is like a puzzle made of string!), it’s not the only skill kids learn by playing this simple game. 

    Games like cat’s cradle help improve children’s hand-eye coordination and help strengthen the small muscles in the hands and fingers - which kids use when writing, using scissors and performing other small motor tasks. It’s also a fun way for kids to learn patience, practice giving and taking direction, and create a wonderful memory with the parent or caregiver who teaches them how to play!

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