I have always enjoyed playing with mechanical equipment. As a child I was endlessly fascinated by combination locks on safes, pulley systems, epicyclic gearboxes and the like. Even the humble elastic band can provide hours of entertainment in the right pair of hands. I remember spending days making an huge super-ball that was responsible for ..
I’m not sure if children still play Cat’s Cradle---a game which only required a piece of string. Nimble fingerwork allowed one to create some clever patterns of interwoven lines. Structures that could be passed from one pair of hands hands to another as they morphed and inverted to create new shapes. It’s one of those ..