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Cat's cradle

Also known as Jack in the Pulpit

User profile image Added Saturday, April 23, 2011
by Rick Stahl (65 points)

A well known series of string figures created between two people as a game.



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    How to do this

    1. The first player wraps a loop of string around the fingers or wrists and taking one side of the string and circling the hands again.
    2. The player then performs the last two moves of Opening A: taking the string which runs on the inside of the left arm onto the first finger of their right hand, then, reaching through the triangle created, the loop on the inside of the right hand is taken onto the first finger of the left hand.
    3. The aim of the game is to make a set of figures including the "cat's cradle". This is created by two sets of crossed string between both hands.
    4. A second player grasps each cross horizontally using the thumb and first fingers, pulls these outwards, down under the line which runs below the crosses from the first players wrists, and back up.
    5. The first player lets go of the figure and the second player stretches it open by bringing apart the thumbs and fingers. This figure is the "diamonds". Many other figures can be created.
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