christmas, 1945, holiday season
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Christmas will be here sooner than you think! Soon enough, anyway to start thinking now about packing Santa's sack. All of which leads up to the suggestion of cutting down on the wear and tear of the annual Christmas shopping rush. Why not try your hand at a little home-made handiwork? Yield to that creative urge and give the tiny tots a break-instead of something to break, which is too often the result of a trip to town. Simple blocks and boxes, stick horses, chairs, and dolls are the kind of toys that please the kiddies. Children like toys that satisfy their urge for action-action on their own part. They will not get that by sitting around and watching a small train or truck go whizzing by. That same sitting will not help develop muscular coordination or growth either. Toys that call for pushing, pulling, throwing, running, and jumping will. As for mental growth-that's stimulated by simple puzzles, picture books, building blocks, and spool boards. Just watch the kiddies at play, and you'll find that these toys are toys to them. They are also the kind of toys that can be made in only a few minutes. As for the materials-they're usually at hand in any home. Have your fun now, so the kiddies can have theirs come Christmas. Don't say it isn't fun to make toys until you have given it a try.
McLaron, Florence, "Christmas for '45" (1945). SDSU Extension Circulars. 416.