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.