How to Tell a Simple String Story

"The Mosquito" from The Story Vine by Anne Pellowski

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How to Tell a Simple String Story
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You can also cut 3 strands, 50 inches each, of black yarn and braid them together. That will make your string character more visible.

You can also cut 3 strands, 50 inches each, of black yarn and braid them together. That will make your string character more visible.

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String stories and games such as Jacob's ladder or cats cradle are part of many cultures, and early explorers to Alaska described watching children play with string stories. This is one such story.

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Loop string over each thumb and spread hands apart.

Loop string over each thumb and spread hands apart.

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A woman sat weaving one day when suddenly she heard a buzzing noise nearby.

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Twist left hand to make the string wrap around the back of the hand.

Twist left hand to make the string wrap around the back of the hand.

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She looked up and saw nothing, so she continued her weaving, in and out, in and out.

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Swivel your right hand so that the string is not twisted, but do not have it wrap around like the other hand.

Swivel your right hand so that the string is not twisted, but do not have it wrap around like the other hand.

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The buzzing noise now got louder and the woman looked around again, but seeing nothing, continued her weaving.

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Bring right pinkie finger over to left hand and use it to hook both strands of string running between left thumb and index finger. Pull right hand back and make string taut.

Bring right pinkie finger over to left hand and use it to hook both strands of string running between left thumb and index finger. Pull right hand back and make string taut.

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In and out.

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Bend left hand toward your body and use left pinkie finger to hook both strands of string in the middle of right palm.  Hands will not be able to move far apart at this point.

Bend left hand toward your body and use left pinkie finger to hook both strands of string in the middle of right palm. Hands will not be able to move far apart at this point.

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Up and around... Suddenly the buzzing grew very loud. The woman looked at her weaving and saw-- a GIANT MOSQUITO!

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Use right thumb & index to grab string wrapped around back of left hand. Lift it over all 4 fingers on left hand and let go. (Don't let go of string wrapped on left pinkie!) Spread hands apart quickly

Use right thumb & index to grab string wrapped around back of left hand. Lift it over all 4 fingers on left hand and let go. (Don't let go of string wrapped on left pinkie!) Spread hands apart quickly

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The mosquito began to buzz around her head. It buzzed into her ears and under her chin. It buzzed past her eyes and the tip of her nose. It buzzed in her hair and down her cheek, driving her crazy!

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Wiggle thumbs and pinkies to make the mosquito fly.  If little kids are there, buzz and zoom around their ears, etc.

Wiggle thumbs and pinkies to make the mosquito fly. If little kids are there, buzz and zoom around their ears, etc.

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"I am going to catch that mosquito," said the woman. She waited until the mosquito flew right in front of her. Then she clapped her hands over it-- and the mosquito was gone!

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Clap hands together and hold for suspense. When you open hands, relax pinkies so string will slide off of them. Do this quickly and spread hands apart fast.

Clap hands together and hold for suspense. When you open hands, relax pinkies so string will slide off of them. Do this quickly and spread hands apart fast.

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The final production might look something like this (but more fun with kids).

The final production might look something like this (but more fun with kids).

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