cat’s cradle noun definition in Children's games topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

cat’s cradle

 noun: Children's games topic
1 [uncountable] a game in which you wrap string around the fingers of both hands to make different patterns2 [countable] a pattern made with string in a game of cat’s cradle (figurative) He sat on his heels, weaving an intricate cat’s cradle of thread for the ship’s rigging.