|Tie a reef knot.||
A RELAY style game makes this fun
|Tie your shoelaces||
Game – Shoe races
You may think you know how to tie a shoelace - but, ave a look at Ian's Shoelace Site for more ways thatn you expect to tie shoelaces - including a one-handed method that looks good.
|Use of Knots|
|Discuss how and where to use a reef knot||
The Reef or Square Knot is a binding knot used to tie a rope around something to secure it. It can also be used to tie two identical ropes together, but the MUST be of the same size, material, age, and condition, or the knot WILL slip.
For joining two ropes, a sheet bend is superior.
|Care of Ropes|
|Show you know how to look after ropes correctly||
Ropes should be tied in a Hank or Chain, and stored away out of the weather (both damp and sun can damage ropes).
Avoid placing weight on the rope when stored – a rope laying on the ground should NOT be walked on etc either.
When running a rope over an object – be careful to avoid rubbing on a hard or sharp edge that may wear through the rope – you do not want it snapping suddenly when in use!
HankA looped bundle of cordage. A means of packaging rope or cords by winding it into a series of loops and tying them about the centre.
ChainA multiple-looped means of storing a rope (usually a thicker one), by creating a loop in one end, and looping the next section of rope through it, then the next through that etc. The result looks like a chain made of rope.
Both Hank and Chain methods can be turned into a relay game.
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