We love doing string figures! Strings are easy to carry around in a pocket or a purse. They impress and often engage grandparents and friends who remember doing them in their childhoods. Doing activities like string figures and origami has been shown to grow neural pathways in the brain.
You can make your own strings easily by tieing a knot in any yarn or heavy string/cord. Ours are made by our oldest son Josh, and have been melted together so no knot gets in the way of the sliding. He also dyes them right here in Forestville.
Here are a few simple tutorials to get you started, done by Morgan our 12 year old. There are also books in the library that show many more. And there are more tutorials on youtube at sarahssilks.