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Cat's Cradle Tutorial

In Little House on the Prairie, Mary and Laura play indoors on rainy days. They occupied themselves with simple games like cat's cradle. Today we may call games like cat's cradle old-fashioned, but they're still worth playing!

If you've never played cat's cradle before, it's time to learn! In my very first video tutorial, I show you how to play one version of cat's cradle.
Grab a friend and a five-foot loop of string to play!

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Need a link to the cat's cradle tutorial? Here you go!

Cat's cradle is just one of 75 activities included in my book, The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (July 2020, Chicago Review Press). Many of the activities have illustrations to help readers complete them.

When it came to the string game of cat's cradle, my editor (wisely) suggested a video may better show the many steps better than just illustrations included in the book. So I gave a cat's cradle video tutorial a try. It's not perfect, but it should help you play the game.

Happy Trails! ~ Annette

Annette Whipple is a nonfiction children's author. Learn more about her books and presentations at

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