Introduction

String games and string stories have existed as long as humans have been telling stories. Around the world, in every culture, there is a long tradition of using a simple string to play games, to accompany song singing, fortune-telling, and to narrate mythologies as well as everyday stories. Each culture’s string figures vary from simple to incredibly complex. In this blog, we will explore many aspects of string stories including the background across traditions of using string as part of storytelling, some of the most popular string figures, how to make a few of those string figures and discuss some stories that are told with string as an integral part of the narrative. This blog will also present ideas how to incorporate string stories into a program for children, as well as introduce a couple of notable string storytellers.

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