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What is a Stringduster? + 5 Things to Do With String

This morning, Al was talking about The Infamous Stringdusters coming to The Wilma Theatre on Saturday, August 10. My first thought? What is a stringduster? According to Google,, and Merriam-Webster, stringduster isn’t even a word. I was semi-upset about it, because I think stringduster is a pretty awesome word. Needless to say, after being completely bummed out about the word stringduster, I started thinking about how many things you could actually do with a piece of string, you know, other than trying to dust with it? I then happened to stumble upon a website called that gives grandparents everywhere ideas as to how to keep their grandchildren preoccupied “for hours.” So, in honor of The Infamous Stringdusters coming to Missoula, and what could perhaps be the best website for all grandparents out there, here’s a list of five things to do with a piece of string:

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Cat’s Cradle



Okay, if you haven’t played cat’s cradle at least once in your life, you haven’t lived your life to the fullest. This is a two-person game, and is super easy, yet challenging if you can get far enough. And to think all you need is a piece of string…




Witch’s Broom



Now that you’ve mastered cat’s cradle, perfecting witch’s broom will be a breeze. And what better time to try out witch’s broom than Halloween? So get practicing now, so you’ll blow everyone’s mind this October.




Tree Hole Game



This game, once again, is easier once you’ve become a cat’s cradle master. However, even though you may be a master at cat’s cradle, you still might need help maneuvering¬† the string in this game. The tree hole string game has a pretty cool outcome, too (if you do it right, that is).




God’s Eye



Now this is awesome! I’m all about arts and crafts, and all these colors really make the God’s eye look really pretty. In addition to string, you’ll need two popsicle sticks and glue. This is definitely something I’ll have to try.




Ice Cube Trick



String, water, and salt is all you need to magically lift up an ice cube with a piece of string. Don’t knock it til you try it! This will keep you guessing for hours.


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