String game: Witch’s broom

Classic string games like Cat’s whiskers and Jacob’s ladder are a great way for a child to develop her fine motor skills. Try teaching your child this simple ‘witch’s broom’ string figure. Check out the instructions or watch the video below.

What you need:

  • 100cm piece of wool or string, tied in a loop

Number of players:


It’s simple to make a witch’s broom string figure with your kids. Watch this video to see how.


Step 1:  Start with the string behind your thumb 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.

Step 3: Pull the string out just a few centimetres and twirl the loop two times – it helps to squeeze the fingers on your left hand to keep the string in place while twirling the string.

Step 4: Once the double twist has been made, pull your hands apart.

Step 5: With your left hand, reach across to the right hand and catch the string that runs across the palm, through the double twisted loop.

Step 6: Pull your hands apart.

Step 7: Drop the loops from the thumb and pinkie of your right hand and pull your hands apart to make the strings tight.

Easy peasy! You’ve made a witch’s broom!

  • Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.

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