Games for teaching knots
(compilation from GuidingUK's Yahoo Group messages)
You can learn knots with strawberry or licquorice
laces, and they get to eat the knot once it is done correctly.
There is a game where they stand/sit in a circle
& have to try to tie a clove hitch (or other knot) round their neighbour's
leg before their other neighbour ties one round theirs.
You can give each patrol, say, 20 identical length
pieces of string/rope/wool and 3 minutes, whichever patrol produces
the longest securely tied chain wins.
If you want to do lashings there are some great
uses (stilts or a bipod that they can walk on) which are explained
in GFI Get Moving (not the new official one, our UNofficial one,
on this website)
There is a knots wide game on this site which is
great fun & could be done in the meeting hall.
- Girls get length of rope and divide Guides into 2. One group holds
one end of rope and other group holds other end. They then make a
knot (reef etc) without letting go of either end. You could also divide
the unit into 4 or 6 groups if you have enough girls, give a rope
between two groups, and have a race.
- Try mini pioneering with canes and string - loads of ideas in Guide
- Mini camp gadgets with cocktail sticks and string.
- Pair girls up and get them to tie reef knot etc. with hands joined
- they will have to think which are best hands to join!
- Friendship bracelets are good too but not just plaiting - again
there's loads of info around.
- Blindfold challenges are fun also -try 1 blindfolded and 1 issuing
- Do knots that have a use and show how to use it so it all becomes
relevant. eg clove hitch for the top of a flag and the start of all
pioneering projects, packers knot for bedding rolls and parcels.
- If you wear neckers you can go on to turks head woggles or make
key rings using decorative knots like flat and portugese sennets.
- For a more complex knotting project, try a lanyard!
KNOTS #1 ~ KNOTS
#2 ~ KNOTS #3 ~ KNOTS
GAME ~ MORE KNOT LINKS