Tuesday, October 7, 2008

THE NAME OF THE GAME IS CAT'S CRADLE


My grandson, Ruan, was so happy to share the news that he just learned some tricks using strings, but doesn't really know the name of the game. He was probably talking about the cat's cradle. This game reminds me of my childhood days. We only not used strings, but also rubber bands to form figures, like star, alpha letters, spider web, and others.


It is one of the most universal games in the world and played in almost every culture. What is somewhat a puzzle to ethnologists is that widely scattered peoples like the Maoris of New Zealand, the North American Indians, the Arctic Eskimos, and Africans, make figures of string between their hands that are exactly the same.

3 comments:

MonMon said...

I know this game, but didn't know until now na cat's cradle pala ang name. I used to play this when I was a kid! Pwede pa rin siguro ngayon. I still remember some of the tricks.

Bay Martin said...

I do, too, but I enjoy tying knots, yung boy scout knots. Are aware that there are approx. 4,000 different knots that we can learn to tie.

MonMon said...

I don't remember any boy scout knots. May be, it's because I am not that keen to learn them.