This image shows two young children playing a string game with their hands as they sit on the bed laid out in the loft of the house, above the main living area. Access was by the crude ladder visible at the lower right.
The description states:
Children and Servants usually slept in The Loft. A favorite 17th Century game was Cat’s Cradle, at the Richard Warren House, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
—Cat’s cradle was a game of threads that were intricately looped around one person’s hand, moving them in the correct pattern to the other person and back again, generating new and different patterns.
This image likely dates from the 1950s.