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.
What you need:
- 100cm long piece of string, looped and tied together at the ends
Number of players:
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.