Simple Instructions on How to Make Fun Things Out of String

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A simple ball of string can turn into hours of fun and games.
A simple ball of string can turn into hours of fun and games. (Image: string image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Games and crafts give kids something to do on rainy days at home, with friends or spending time with family. You can create some simple games and crafts with string that provide fun and entertainment for the whole family. Many people know of common games, like Cat's Cradle, but many less common string games and activities exist. Kids can also make up their own games and craft projects using string, especially if you provide a variety of assorted craft materials to play with.

Things You'll Need

  • String
  • Beads
  • Scissors
  • Tension rod
  • Measuring tape
  • Salt

Door Beads

Measure the distance from the floor to the inside top of the doorway and subtract about 2 inches.

Cut 10 pieces of string to the height you calculated.

String beads onto the string by tying a small knot in the string, putting the bead on, and tying another small knot right below it. You can also use paper discs, foam shapes, shells or other objects instead of beads.

Tie the ends of the strings to a tension rod and hang it in your doorway.

Ice Cube Trick

Place an ice cube in a glass of water.

Dangle the end of a piece of string on top of the floating ice cube and sprinkle salt over it.

Wait 5 seconds.

Pull the string up to lift the ice cube out of the water. When you put salt on the ice it melts a little bit of it, which the string absorbs. A few seconds later that water refreezes, bonding the ice cube to the string.

Breaking String

Cut a piece of string 3 feet long.

Wrap one end of the string around your forefinger a few times, securing it by tying it off.

Dangle a loop of the string down the front of your palm, hanging the remainder of the string over the back of your hand.

Run the loose end of the string under your hand and up through the dangling loop on your palm.

Wrap the loose end of the string around your other hand several times.

Clench both of your hands into fists around the string and jerk your hands apart quickly to break the string with your bare hands. Crossing the string over itself focuses the force on the spot where the string intersects itself, allowing you to break the string with little applied force.

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