Yarn dolls are easy to make and fun to play with. You can make them any size you wish.
Wrap yarn around a piece of cardboard. The cardboard should be as long as you want the doll to be. Cut the strands at one end.
The end where the strands are not cut will be the doll’s head. Tie a piece of yarn around the neck.
Divide the strands for the two arms. Cut the ends to make them shorter than the rest of the strands.
Tie pieces of yarn at the end of the arms and body.
Divide the strands for the legs, and tie pieces of yarn around the feet.
RING AND BEANBAG TOSS.
Tie strings to several rubber jar rings or to the corners of bean-bags.
Toss the rings or beanbags to make a score, and pull on the strings to get them back to your bed.
If you are playing with the rings, stick several large nails all the way through a heavy sheet of cardboard. Print numbers by the nails. Stand the board at the end of your bed, and toss the rings at the nails to make a score.
If you are playing with beanbags, place several boxes or waste-paper baskets on the floor close to your bed. Make your score by trying to toss the beanbags into the boxes.
A SPIN BASEBALL GAME.
• a large sheet of cardboard
• a paper fastener
Cut a large square from a sheet of cardboard.
With crayons, draw a baseball diamond on it like the one in the picture. Mark the home plate and the three bases. Outside the baselines print home run, ball, double, out, triple, strike, single, as shown. In the center of the diamond draw a pitcher’s mound.
From the left-over cardboard cut a spinner shaped like a baseball bat or like an arrow. See Picture.
Poke a hole through the center of the spinner and through the center of the pitcher’s mound. Attach the spinner to the pitcher’s mound with a paper fastener. Be sure it can spin easily.
Follow regular baseball rules when you play. If you play by yourself, spin for both teams.
• 2 empty toilet-paper rolls
• 2 rubber bands
• wax paper
• heavy thread
• an old wax candle
• 2 toothpicks
Stretch a piece of wax paper over one end of each toilet-paper roll. Hold it tightly in place with a rubber band.
Rub some thread with an old wax candle so that it is covered with wax.
Poke a hole in the middle of the wax paper on one of the rolls. Push one end of the thread through the hole. Tie a toothpick to it. The toothpick will keep it from pulling out of the hole. See Picture. Attach the other end of the thread to the other roll in the same way.
Pull the thread tight and your intercom is ready to use. You speak into one end, and somebody else listens at the other end. When he speaks, you listen. It works well when the thread is stretched out straight and is not touching anything.
Stretch the thread from one room to another.
ANIMAL WALL SHADOWS.
You can use your hands to shape all kinds of shadows on the wall, as long as there is enough sunlight or lamplight to make a shadow.
Try the animal shadows shown here. And if you experiment, you will soon be able to make others.
Move your fingers to open and close the animal’s mouth, wiggle his ears, or flop his wings.
Watch it snow.
• a glass jar with a screw-on lid.
• 2 tablespoons of moth flakes.
• waterproof cement.
• a little china statue.
Cement a china statue to the inside of a jar lid and let it dry overnight. If you have no china figure, make a little doll or snowman by cementing buttons, spools, and beads together.
Fill the jar with water, almost to the top. Put moth flakes into the water.
Put cement inside the lid, where it screws on, and screw the lid to the jar tightly. Let it dry for a day.
Shake the jar and watch it “snow.”
SEE IT GROW.
• a blotter.
• a drinking glass.
• peas, beans, or radish seeds.
Soak the seeds in water overnight.
Wet a blotter and line the inside of a glass with it. See Picture.
Poke the seeds down between the glass and the blotter.
Put four or five tablespoons of water into the glass each day to keep the blotter wet. Watch the roots, stems, and little leaves grow from the seeds.
Drop five or six seeds on top of the soil in each carton. Sprinkle water on them every day. Some of the seeds will grow big and strong. Pull out the plants that do not grow well and throw them away. This gives the strong ones more room to grow.
• cottage-cheese cartons
• seeds from apples, oranges, melons, pumpkins, or squash
• moss or charcoal (your mother can get them at a dime store)
Poke a hole in the bottom of each cottage-cheese carton. The hole will let excess water drain off. Set the cartons on saucers.
Put pebbles in the bottom of each carton. Put a layer of moss or charcoal over the pebbles. Fill the rest with soil.