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Busy Hands: Construction Work For Children | by Isabelle F. Bowker



One purpose of this book is to make clearer the subjects which may be studied in connection with language or history. Children are delighted to make any article. They enter into construction work with the utmost zeal. In this volume the author has sought to direct this natural interest of the child in such a way that its studies will be more clearly understood.

TitleBusy Hands: Construction Work For Children
AuthorIsabelle F. Bowker
PublisherA. Flanagan Company
Year1904
Copyright1904, A. Flanagan Company
AmazonBusy Hands: Construction Work for Children

By Isabelle F. Bowker, Madison School, Chicago

-Preface
One purpose of this book is to make clearer the subjects which may be studied in connection with language or history. Children are delighted to make any article. They enter into construction work w...
-September. Indian Wigwam
Fig 2 Fig 4. Material: Cardboard 5 in. x 8 in.; paper 8 in. x 16 in.; coarse thread, needle, scissors and ruler. Place the cardboard on the desk, with the short edge tow...
-Indian Canoe
Material: Cardboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; needle and coarse thread; scissors and patterns like Fig. 1 and Fig. 3. Place the canoe pattern (Fig. 1) on the cardboard. Mark, and cut out. With t...
-Bow And Arrow
Material: For bow, a branch from a tree, 30 inches long, 1/4 inch thick; a yard of strong string. For arrow, a branch 14 inches long and 1/4 inch thick; a piece of strawboard; five small nails, a rule...
-Dutch Windmill
Material: Stiff paper 12 in. x 18 in.; string 15 inches long; scissors, paste and ruler. For wheel: stiff paper 11 in. x 11 in.; collar-button. Dutch Place the 12 x 18 sheet of paper on the...
-Dutch Milk Cart
Material: Strawboard 7 in. x 14 in.; scissors, ruler and paste. For wheels: Strawboard 4 in. x 4 in.; two collar-buttons. Place the strawboard on the desk, long edge toward you. Two inches from ...
-Dutch Milk Pail
Material: Thick paper 5 in. x 9 in.; strip of cardboard 1/2 in. x 5 in.; pin, paste and scissors. Half an inch from the end of the cardboard strip make a dot. One and three-eighths inch from thi...
-November. Thanksgiving Day - I
Material: Black and white tissue paper; patterns, Figs. 1 and 2; small piece of stiff orange-colored paper; strawboard 5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in.; scissors and paste. The Puritans And Thanksgiving Day ...
-Thanksgiving Day - II
Houses For Puritan Village Material: Strawboard 14 3/4 in. x 15 in.; ruler, scissors and paste. Place the strawboard on the desk with the 15-inch edge toward you. Half an inch from the lower ...
-Thanksgiving Day - III
Material: Cardboard 5 in. x 8 in.; pattern of the Mayflower, Fig. 1; white, light blue and dark blue tissue paper; ruler, scissors and paste. Mark around the pattern of the ship on the cardboard. C...
-December. Christmas. Box No. I
Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 Fig 5 Fig 6 Fig 7 Material: Colored cardboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; paste, ruler, scissors, strips of paper 1/2 ...
-Box No. II
Material: A piece of colored cardboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; a piece of colored cardboard 4 in. x 7 in.; a piece of white or colored paper 3 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in.; paste, ruler, scissors and a half yar...
-Box No. III
Material: Colored cardboard 11 in. x 14 in.; pencil, ruler and scissors. Place the cardboard on the desk with the short edge toward the front. One inch from the upper right-hand corner on the sh...
-Handkerchief Case
Material: Cream-colored paper 6 in. x 14 in.; colored paper 9 in. x 11 in.; scissors, ruler and one yard of baby ribbon. Place the cream-colored paper on the desk, with the long edge toward you. ...
-Match-Scratcher No. I
Material: Cardboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; pattern of cat (Fig. 1, preceding page); sandpaper, water-color paints or colored chalk, paste and scissors. Fig. 1. Color three-quarters of the...
-Match-Scratcher No. II
Material: Cardboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; sandpaper, picture of woman (Fig. 2, from fashion plate), scissors and paste. Cut the skirt from the picture of the woman, place it on the sandpaper, mark...
-Basket
Material: White paper 9 in. x 10 1/2 in.; four strips of colored paper 1/2 in. x 17 in.; scissors and paste. Place the paper on the desk, long edge toward you. Three inches from the upper right-han...
-Book No. I
Material: Four sheets of gray cardboard 22 in. x 28 in.; one yard of red cambric; paste and pictures. Bisect each side of one sheet of cardboard, and connect the dots by two lines which cross in th...
-Book No. II
Material: Fifteen sheets of plain, medium-weight paper, 5 1/2 in. x 17 in.; two sheets 2 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in.; two pieces of tinted cardboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; string; a sheet of colored paper 3 i...
-January. Calendar No. I
New Year Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig. 3 Material: Thin colored cardboard, baby ribbon and scissors; a pattern like Fig. 1 for each child. Cut out twelve pieces of cardboard like th...
-Calendar No. II
Material: Six sheets of tinted paper 4 in. x 11 in.; a quarter of a yard of ribbon; paste and scissors. Fold each of the six sheets of paper, putting the short edges together, and creasing in the m...
-February. Valentine No. I
St. Valentine's Day and Washington's Birthday Material: Colored paper 5 in. x 9 in.; white writing paper 3 1/2 in. x 7 in.; quarter of a yard of baby ribbon; five colored pictures; s...
-Valentine No. II
Material: Medium-weight colored paper 6 in. x 12 in.; five pictures; scissors and paste. Fold the paper by placing the two short edges together. Round each corner, as in Fig. 2, and scallop the ...
-Valentine No. III
Material: A picture card 2 in. x 3 in.; red cardboard 2 in. x 5 in.; a yard of baby ribbon, scissors, pen and ink. Cut three hearts from the red cardboard. With a quarter of a yard of the ribbon su...
-Washington's Hatchet
Material: Colored cardboard 4 in. x 8 in.; four sheets of blotting paper 4 in. x 8 in.; a half yard of baby ribbon; scissors and pattern like Fig. 1. Place the pattern on each piece of blotting pap...
-Washington Crossing The Alleghany
Material: Strawboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; pattern like Fig. 2; black paper 8 in. x 8 in. (medium weight); a square inch of white writing paper; purple paper 2 in. x 3 in.; orange-colored paper 2 in....
-Washington's Hat
Material: Stiff black paper 6 in. x 6 in. (White, or any color, will answer if black cannot be secured); strip of cardboard 1/2 in. x 3 1/2; scissors and a pin. Half an inch from each end of the ca...
-March. Sun-Dial
Spring Fig 1. Tell the children the history of time-keeping, viz.: clepsydra, sand-glass King Alfred's candle, shadow-stick and sun-dial. Material: Two pieces of board 1 in. x 3 in. x 2 ...
-Clock Face
Material: Cardboard 6 in. x 6 in.; strawboard strip 1/2 in. x 3 in.; two strips of colored cardboard 1/2 in. x 3 in.; pin and scissors. In the strawboard strip make a small hole with the scissors 1...
-Spring Card
Material: Cardboard (white or tinted) 5 in. x 5 1/2 in; pussy willows; paste; ribbon; pen and ink; needle and thread; ruler. Place the cardboard rectangle on the desk, with the long edge toward you...
-April. Easter Lily
Easter Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Material: Six strips of white tissue or crepe paper 1 1/2 in. x 6 in.; six strips of green tissue paper, 1 in. x 6 in.; one strip of green paper, 1/...
-Frog
Material: A blown egg; cardboard pattern of frog like Fig. 1; a sheet of green paper, 5 in. x 6 in. (medium weight); paste and scissors. Lay the pattern on the green paper, mark and cut out. Cut...
-Basket II
Material: Strawboard or colored cardboard 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.; strip of plain paper 1/2 in. x 21 in.; strip of crepe paper 1/2 in. x 18 in.; strip of crepe paper 2 1/2 in. x 20 in.; wire 9 inches lo...
-Easter Card
Material: Colored cardboard 4 in. x 5 in.; gold paint or yellow water-color; 8 inches of fine yellow covered wire; fine white yarn; strawboard 2 in. x 2 in.; yellow cardboard 1/4 inch square, a needle...
-May. Soldier Cap
Decoration Day Fig.1 Fig 2. Material: One sheet of navy blue tissue paper; one sheet of red tissue paper; one sheet of white tissue paper; piece of newspaper the size of tissue...
-Paper Sash-Curtains
A very pretty idea for Decoration Day is to make red, white and blue paper sash curtains. The paper should be heavier than tissue paper. Cut it into strips 3/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (Fig. 1.) Bring the t...
-Picture Frame
Material: A picture of Lincoln or of a war hero; red, white and blue cardboard; white string; ruler; needle; scissors and paste. Suppose the picture is 5 in. x 7 in. From the blue cardboard cut ...
-June. Japanese Sunshade
Japanese Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 Fig 5 Fig 6 Material: A piece of stiff paper 6 in. x 6 in.; a cork stopple 1/2. inch in diameter at the large end;...
-Jinrikisha
Material: One piece of strawboard (or cardboard) 8 in. x 10 1/2 in.; two pieces 3 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.; two collar-buttons; paste and scissors. Place the strawboard on the desk, the long edge toward...
-Japanese Box
Material: Cream-colored paper 9 in. x 10 1/2 in.; cardboard 1 1/2 in. x 20 in.; paste, scissors, and ruler. For cover: Cream paper 4 1/2 in. x 7 1/8 in.; colored paper 4 1/2 in. x 7 1/8 in., and straw...
-A Roman Robe
Fig 1 Fig 2. Fig. 3. Material for Loom: Four boards 3/4 in x 2 in. x 14; four boards 3/4 in. x 2 in. x 6 in.; two pieces of board 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. x 16 in.; nails and hammer. ...
-Waste Paper Basket No. I
Material: One pound of white raffia; one-half pound of green raffia; needle, wire and scissors. Take a bunch of white raffia 1/4 inch thick. Take a needleful of white raffia. Fig 1 Fig 2. ...
-Waste Paper Basket No. II
Material: A piece of board 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. x 6 in.; one pound of white raffia; one-half pound of green raffia; one spool of wire 1/8 inch thick; a darning needle; scissors, a nail and a hammer. ...
-Raffia Work Basket
Material: A piece of board 1/2 in. x 9 in. x 12 in.; one pound of white raffia; four packages of rattan reeds No. 4; two packages of rattan reeds No. 6; darning needle; scissors; nail and hammer (or a...
-Raffia Picture Frame
Material: Strawboard; picture; raffia; scissors and paste. From the strawboard cut out a frame the shape and size suitable for the picture to be framed. Fig. 1 shows a very simple frame. The car...
-Doll's Hat
A hat for a doll can be made in the same manner. (Fig. 2.) Make the cardboard circle to fit the doll's head. Put a silk crown over the circular space and add trimming. Fig 2. Note: For a ba...
-Bead Belt
Material: A piece of board one inch longer than the waist measure, two inches wide and half an inch thick; two pieces of board two inches square; dark red beads; light blue beads; a spool of dark red ...
-Watch Chain
A watch chain is made just the same as a belt, except that it is a longer and narrower piece of beadwork. The loom is the same, except that end b is made of two little upright boards (x and y, Fig....
-Doll's Hammock
Material: One ball of dark red string; one ball of yellow string; two brass rings one inch in diameter; strawboard 13 in. x 19 in.; a darning needle and scissors. Place the strawboard in position f...









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