Witch's hat string game
String tricks and activities are as old as the hills. Passing them on is a great way to engage with your child and develop their fine motor skills. Watch the video to show you how to create a 'witch's hat' out of string.
Number of players:
What you need:
- 100cm long piece of string, looped and tied together at the ends
To make the 'witch's hat' you have to make the Jacob's ladder string figure first. 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 your pointer finger under the string that runs across the palm. Pull your hands apart.
Step 3: Do the same thing with your left hand. This is called "Opening A".
Step 4: Now drop the loops off your thumbs.
Step 5: With both thumbs, reach under all of the strings and hook the string farthest away. Pull it back toward you.
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: Drop the loops off your pinkie fingers.
Step 8: Stretch your pinkies over the string closest to them that is on the pointer finger and hook them under the next string that is on the thumbs.
Step 9: Drop the loops from your thumbs.
Step 10: You've made the cat's whiskers string figure, but you need keep going to make Jacob's Ladder.
Step 11: With both thumbs reach across the first two pointer finger strings and hook them under the third string.
Step 12: Pull the string back toward you.
Step 13: Pick up the closest string on the pointer fingers, and hook it over each thumb, but be careful not to drop any loops off your other fingers.
Step 14: Now there are two loops on each thumb.
Step 15: Pull the bottom loop over the top loop and off each thumb.
Step 16: Now there will be two triangular holes between each pointer finger and thumb.
Step 17: Hook your forefingers into these triangular holes.
Step 18: Drop the loops from your pinkies.
Step 19: Turn your palms out and away from you.
Step 20: Congratulations! You've made Jacob's Ladder.
To turn your Jacob's Ladder into a witch's hat:
Step 21: Pull on the top string with your teeth
Step 22: Release your forefingers and pull your thumbs downward.
Step 23: Voila! You have your witch's hat.
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.
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