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Cat's Cradle: A Book of String Figures

4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 18 g
  • Item model number: K536
  • ASIN: 1878257536
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 24 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,089 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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In today's high tech world, people have completely forgotten how to make The Cup and Saucer, The Witch's Broom, and Jacob's Ladder. Thank goodness for Cat's Cradle. This book's simple instructions and ultra-clear instructional art are foolproof.

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Very nice book. Clear instructions and lots of diagrams. Also comes with a nice colourful string. My kids love playing with this and it's great to bring along on long car trips. Great for both kids and adults, we like joining in with them as well.
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What a great book! And I was surprised when I saw that the string was included and had such a clever way to store it. I remember playing this as a girl and now I'm looking forward to watching my girls play it.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow with pictures for every move. The pages are sturdy and will last for many years. The included string is bright and colourful and can be stored right with the book. This will make for a great distraction on our upcoming long car rides for summer vacation!
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By A Customer on June 2 2003
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Got this 'used/3rd party' for a great price and we love this. It's got all the old ones from when I grew up and couldn't remember, and my 9-year-old taught herself and is teaching me.
Great binding. Excellent thing to do while waiting and for fine motor skills development. Good quiet time activity. Well worth it.
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This is a fabulous book with bright colors and fun artwork. The directions are easy to follow and everyone can be successful when trying these string games. I have used this book to teach large groups of people how to play string games and they loved it. This is a good book for anyone interested in learning basic string games. The book came with a string to make the designs, so you don't have to make one.
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I use this book at home with my children but I use it even more in ESL classes. Learning a language is much easier when you're DOING something. The string figures have been a good activity to use in learning to give directions, explain, practice short sentences and even to use as an attention getter for a grammar lesson.
As mentioned in other reviews, both adults and children enjoy them and string figures are universally known and appreciated.
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We bought this on vacation for my five year old daughter, and it turned out to be the perfect gift. The pictures are clear--not just diagrams with arrows, but pictures of the hands, showing every little step. The string is included--an important point, since they fuse the ends of the string rather than tying them, making it much easier for little hands. Jesse was better at learning by doing than reading the diagrams, but she was able to use them to figure out what she was doing wrong once she had it more or less right.
The book contains five string patterns: Cup and Saucer, Eiffel Tower, Witch's Broom, Cat's Cradle, and Jacob's Ladder; though in fact Cup and Saucer is a stage on the way to Eiffel Tower. We found that Jesse could do Cup and Saucer and Witch's Broom just fine, though Eiffel Tower was a little trickier. Cat's Cradle was doable with some coaching--made a bit harder by the fact that it's a two person figure. Jacob's Ladder, however, is much more complicated, and will take an adult quite a few minutes to master.
Most of us, myself included, have done some string figures as children, usually Cat's Cradle, and I have to say I got as much fun out of this as Jesse. But Jesse had fun too--the string is brightly coloured and the string figures are good, strong simple shapes. It was days before she stopped showing off her "Cup and Saucer" to us!
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I never thought my daughter would enjoy the same simple games I did as a child, but I bought this book and she hasn't put the sting down since! Great for hand-eye coordination and also problem solving. Gives kids a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention quiet time for the parents (once they learn how). Highly recommended for girls 6 - 9 years old!!!! Thanks Anne Akers Johnson for bringing back a bit of my childhood! I couldn't believe my fingers remembered Jacobs Ladder!
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When my grandaughter visits, she loves me to play cats cradle with her. Plus she has learned to do many of the string figures. It is a challenge and a fun accomplishment. We have many times misplaced the string and I end up buying the book again just for the string. Does anyone know where we can buy extra strings? I know we can use any string; but we like the nice colored one that comes with the book, and I was hoping that someone, somewhere would have these strings available.
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