To be quite honest, I'm terrible at string games. I remember sitting in my kindergarten classroom watching the other kids trade off in a game of cats-cradle with such ease, while I made brooms and cats whiskers with slightly less ease. So needless to say, I was pretty excited when I discovered this gem of a book.
Perfect for those rainy days when splashing in puddles has been exhausted, and some time with a mug of hot cocoa and dry clothes are in order.
The instructions and diagrams are easy to follow and in many cases color coded (yay!). Along with the instructions are stories to tell with the string games, keeping young and old alike engaged and entertained for hours.
So maybe I'm not much better at the string games than I was all those years ago, but at least now I know where I was going wrong, which sometimes, is the best place to start.
In light of all the technology out there these days, I find myself enjoying the vintage side of rainy day activities all the more. Jacks, marbles, and yes even string games hold a whole new draw. Tangible, portable, simple, and endlessly evolving, these "old-fashioned" past times are anything but. Which is why we think one of you lovely people should have the lot!
For a chance to win the Finger Strings book, a set of Jacks, Marbles, and String Game , simply leave a comment on this post by 8am MST Thursday May 16th. The winner will be chosen by random number and announced later that day.
And the winner is, Jenn who wrote:
"What fun things to play with! Thank you for the chance to win!"
Thank you to everyone who participated!
* Last time in Books and Stories: In the Kitchen, at the Table