I used to play this excessively as a kid. Apparently it’s called Cat’s Cradle in English. (I can’t remember what we used to call it in Swiss-German.) My favorite part of the game always the passing it on to a friend, while continuing to play. Thanks for the flash-back, Mrs. Easton.
bei uns im norden sagt man glaube ich hexenspiel. ich hab’s noch nie jemanden alleine spielen sehen!
Apr 29th, 2011 / 10:00 am
Didn’t we call it “Chatzeleiterli”?
Apr 29th, 2011 / 10:17 am
wikipedia: Fadenspiel or Hexenspiel :-)
Apr 29th, 2011 / 10:53 am
Chatzeliterli – würi au säge.
Apr 29th, 2011 / 11:56 am
I almost totally forgot about the two-person version. Time to break out the string!
Apr 29th, 2011 / 12:59 pm
A truly international game (and that meant a lot, before internet). I used to play this with my grandmother, over 30 years ago, in Naples (Italy).
Apr 29th, 2011 / 1:49 pm
Wow! It’s truly an international game. I learnt the game when I was in Hong Kong as a little boy. Now I taught my kids to play, n they like the game too.
Apr 29th, 2011 / 3:05 pm
Ich kenne es als “abnäh”… :)
Apr 29th, 2011 / 7:34 pm
I’ll have to teach my little sister to play. We would always do it as a two player game, and to get to the next step you would pass it off. This seems so much harder!
Apr 29th, 2011 / 10:22 pm
Wait, you can do this by yourself?!? I *only* knew the two-person version. I’ve been missing out on Cat’s Cradle solo enjoyment!
Apr 29th, 2011 / 10:26 pm
Love it! Used to play for hours when I was a child in Switzerland (like u).
Apr 30th, 2011 / 1:30 am
I used to play it to with my grandmother in Elsass! What a good souvenir to kick off the weekend.
Apr 30th, 2011 / 3:42 am
Hey Swiss Miss,
Great video! What do you think of FCUK’s attempt??
Apr 30th, 2011 / 7:17 am
Habe auch stundenlang chatzegleiterlet als Kind.
Apr 30th, 2011 / 10:19 am
I used to play it as a kid here in mexico :)
May 2nd, 2011 / 12:10 pm
The handing-it-over-to-the-next-person was my favourite bit, too. But how did we know how to DO all of that?!!
May 17th, 2011 / 11:06 am