String game: Eiffel Tower
String games are fun to play and also a great way to develop fine motor skills. This string figure starts out as the 'cup and saucer', then with a quick adjustment it becomes the 'Eiffel Tower'. Watch the video to see how.
Number of players:
What you need:
- 60cm long piece of string, looped and tied together at the ends
To make the Eiffel Tower string figure, you must first start by making the cup and saucer with string. Watch the video to show you how.
Step 1: Start with the string behind your thumbs and pinkies, running across both palms.
Step 2: With your right hand, reach across to the left hand and hook the string that runs across the left palm.
Step 3: Pull your hands apart.
Step 4: Do the same with the other hand.
Step 5: Pull your hands apart again.
Step 6: With your thumbs, reach over the first pointer finger string and under the second pointer finger string. Pull your thumbs back towards your body - there will be two loops on each thumb.
Step 7: Using your teeth (easiest) or pinkie fingers (if you’re feeling dexterous), pull the bottom string off your thumbs and pass it over the top string.
Step 8: Drop the loops off both pinkie fingers and pull your hands apart.
Step 9: Tilt your thumbs up and you have a cup and saucer.
Step 10: Now use your teeth to grab the top string (the top edge of the ''cup'').
Step 11: Drop the loops off your thumbs.
Step 12: You've made the Eiffel Tower!
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.
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