String Games are fun, inviting children to exercise skill, imagination and teamwork. They give hands and fingers something clever and artistic to do! Following the success of Pull the Other One!, here are more of Michael Taylor`s favourite string games, ideal for family travel, for creative play and for party tricks.
Many string games are from ancient cultures - or example the cats cradle came by ship from south east Asia long ago Today, children invent new figures such as computers, space shuttles and trampolines. Here are:
- more tried and tested string games and stories;
- clear instructions and diagrams for making the string figures;
- figures invented by children; string tricks and tips for performers;
- a rainbow string and
- illustrations to colour in.
About the Author
Michael Taylor is a Steiner School teacher and Bothmer gymnast who also promotes the traditional childhood skills of skipping, ball catching games, hand clapping rhymes and string figures. He has recently gone into schools with a show which combines the traditional art of string figures with poetry and storytelling.
String games in Schools
Why not introduce string games to your school? They are good for co-ordination and social skills and can give children hours of creative play.
`What a totally wonderful book! My aim now is to raise enough money to put one of these books into every volunteer`s box.` - Sheila Angel, Volunteer helper of Reading Help Charity, Barnet branch
`Every time I do a demonstration, youngsters come up with other string games. These help develop children`s imaginations and often set off crazes` - Michael Taylor, The East Grinstead Observer, June 2000
`It was delightful reading through the stories that accompany the games, making simple patterns with the string provided, or more complex ones. Emphasis is made of the benefits of doing such an activity; such as the improved dexterity and co-ordination it brings to children and the improvement of concentration.` - Jean Minto, Journal of the National Association of Hospital and Play Staff
`Another gem from Hawthorn Press - an excellent book. Children can school their fine motor skills and co-ordination too. Michael`s book introduces the other ingredient of healthy development: narrative, string games that tell stories!` - Martyn Rawson, Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship