Thursday, February 28, 2013

String games, anyone?

Cat's Cradle 101.

That is what the youtube link said.

And sure enough, there was a video of two people showing how to do some of the string games that Arta made us learn as kids. 

It is so funny teaching the Inuit law and film class, and reading about string games, and figuring out that i had some background!

So try out the link, and see if any of you have fingers that can master (or just remember?) playing those string games!'s-Cradle-Game


  1. After reading your post, I decided to freshen up on the string games, so went out to one of your links, Rebecca. I did multiple viewing of a trick -- making a string pass through a metal spatula. Then I showed Naomi how to do the trick, but since we didn't have two metal spatula we used the handles of a pair of scissors for the part of the trick that requires something that a string cannot pass through. There is an element of danger added to the trick when the scissors might drop and pierce my foot (or Naomi's foot -- which is really why Mary and Leo were worried).

    We can perform the trick successfully 50% of the time. Even Mary stopped to see if she could still do the cat's cradle with me. The one thing about string games is they are cheap and challenging. The downside of the string games is that they require no electricity, a major component to make sure today's games are fun.

    So tell us more about Inuit string games.

  2. I have a memory of playing cat's cradle until I felt "yarn burn" between my fingers, and then playing just a little bit longer.