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cut from white lightweight cardboard. The resemblance of this form to a spool of twist is indeed striking. Use strips 1" wide to produce spools of thread and of silk of various colors.
All the children will
take pleasure in maktogether or fasten them to a wooden toothpick and a paper ing cylinder of different lengths and then in using these to doll's swing is formed. By the addition of a 2-inch circle, spell out the letters of their names. These letters may be cut from pasteboard, and a tiny cylinder, rolled from a glued to pasteboard to render the names permanent. See 1-inch strip of paper and fastened handle-wise to the paste- Fig. 4. board, a most delightful little candle stick is produced, as The older and more ambitious workers will love to make shown in Fig. 1. Use glue for fastening the cylinder whole sentences from these paper letters. The cylinders to the pasteboard circle. Let a bit of twine or a piece of also readily lend themselves to the production of figures toothpick project from the top of the long cylinder to and by laying them in appropriate order on the floor or simulate a candle-wick. If desired, the circle, the tiny table, not only figures, but outlines of many different obcylinder which serves as the handle and about of the jects are easily and quickly made. long cylinder, may be gilded to represent a brass candle A toy ladder made from rolled cylinders makes a special stick. If the other half of the long cylinder is left white, appeal to the children. Fasten several of the longer cylinquite the effect of a wax candle is given. This form may ders together, end to end, for the side pieces, while using also be colored or decorated in any manner desired, by quite short ones for the rungs. Color this form with dark making use of the box of water color paints. If a judicious brown paint, which will give it the appearance of a rustic selection of wall paper is made and used right side out, wooden ladder. quite charming results are to be had.
Rustic furniture is another possibility of this material. Cut two strips of paper, each about 10% long and 1" The older boys and girls enjoy manufacturing whole sets wide. Start the winding of one of these strips over a of such toys to be used in playhouses. A cunning chair toothpick as in the case of making of the candle-stick is made from fifteen 2-inch cylinders. As a foundation for just described. Continue to wind until all the strip is this article of furniture use a 2-inch square of pasteboard. used, then fasten the end with a bit of paste and wind the Cover this square with seven of the cylinders glued in place second strip of paper over this cylinder, used as a nucleus. to form the seat. For the legs, fasten four cylinders to the Stand the roll thus formed upon end and fasten a tiny under side of this seat by gluing one flat face of each to length of paper, bent in the form of a handle, to some point each of the four corners of the square. Use three of the on the curved face of the cylinder near its top edge. A little
(Continued on page 639) mug or cup is the result. A plate or saucer for the same is made by cutting a 2-inch circle from pasteboard. These objects may be colored or decorated as suggested in case of the candle-stick, or they may be made of wall paper. The effect of actual dishes is quite real. A little ingenuity will result in a variety of table accessories. Thus two or three 2-inch strips of paper, rolled into a single cylinder and provided with a tiny snout and a slender handle, cut from paper, make a pitcher. A slight variation of the latter form produces a teapot, or a sugar bowl, and so on in almost endless diversity.
A pretty string of beads, which will delight the heart of a little girl, is readily made from strips of paper.
Use the wall paper right side out for the necklace. Make a number of cylinders from 1-inch strips and a number from strips only 1" in width. Make the short cylinders twice as thick as the long ones by using longer strips of paper. Secure as much variety in color and decoration as possible by making use of the paints or by employing different kinds of wall paper. When enough cylinders have been made, string them upon stout twine, alternating the thick, short ones with the long, slender ones. Before stringing, these forms may be treated with a coat of varnish if desired. This will give much of the effect of oldfashioned bugle beads. An interesting variation is gained if a wedge-shaped piece of paper is used, instead of a rectangular one, for making the beads. In Fig. 3, a pattern is shown which will produce this graduated cylindrical form. Cut paper the exact size and shape of the pattern. Begin at the wide end to roll and proceed as in the case of the unmodified form. In Fig. 2 may be seen a string of. each kind of these paper beads. Strings of cylinders in red and white make very effective decorations for the Christmas tree.
Some attractive articles for a little girl's toy work-box are easily made from paper cylinders. From wall paper of a solid color, cut one 20-inch length which is only 1" wide. Roll this, with the colored side out, and fasten to each end of the cylinder thus formed a 1-inch circle
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PLAYS AND GAMES
First With joy and good liking
Comes Christmas your way;
It brings Christmas Bells,
“Merry Christmas," they say. VOR a change, let's have some Christmas “Floats” this year. They are popular in public celebrations,
Second With joy and good liking
Comes Christmas your way;
It brings Christmas Trees, ones will be most Christmasy, but, if these can't be found,
With gifts on each spray. use your ingenuity in making any kind pretty and picturesque. Any number of appropriate subjects will suggest themselves, but the five described are, perhaps, the sim
Third With joy and good liking,
Comes Christmas your way — plest to arrange. 1 Christmas Bells; 2 The Christmas Tree; 3 Christ
It brings Christmas Socks, mas Stockings; 4 Christmas Toys; and 5 Santa
All jolly and gay.
Comes Christmas your way 1 For the Christmas Bells Float: A little girl, with
(Nodding, smiling, and waring hands.) strings of tiny bells about her waist, around her ankles, and
It brings Christmas Toys on her wrists, stands in the cart, carrying high and gracefully
To wish you Good Day! swinging a large crepe paper Christmas Bell. The cart is trimmed with paper bells, in which, here and there, are Fifth With joy and good liking real bells to twinkle. It is drawn by tiny children, made as
Comes Christmas your way, much like bells as possible, swinging bells.
It brings Santa Claus 2 For the Christmas Tree Float: Trim a real Christmas
Now (All) Hip! Hip! Hooray! Tree, if possible, with popcorn, tinsel, ornaments, candles, and tiny cornucopias. If no tree can be had, a small one may be found at a ten-cent store. Set it firmly in a block, and set the block firmly in the
IC cart, high enough so that the Tree shows
candles off well. The cart is festooned with Christmas Greens, cones, acorns-anything
pop corn woodsy. It is drawn by a little boy in woodman's suit, carrying axe or hatchet.
M For the Stocking Float: A tiny child in nightgown and cap stands in this cart. She holds high and sways daintily a large, red stocking-it should be almost as long as she is. The edge of the cart is decorated with tiny stockings, red and green alternating. The handle is hung with stockings. It is drawn by a “pair
silver White of stockings" - little children, dressed alike, and as much like stockings as may
myerang be. Each wears stocking on head-capfashion.
4 For the Christmas Toy Float: Make as comic as possible. A little girl is a dolly; a little boy, a Teddy Bear; or both may be “Campbell Kids,” or any Toys they desire. One carries a horn, one a drum.
They sit, back to back, in the cart, one in front driving. The edge of the cart should be hung with horns, tops,
saved from Fall etc., the handle with jumping-jacks, etc. It should be drawn by child, as clown.
5 For the Santa Claus Float: Dress a tiny boy as Santa Claus. He carries, of course, large pack, filled with toys. The cart is trimmed with strings of sleigh-bells, which jingle merrily. He drives reindeer-small children, trimmed
T with sleigh-bells. The reins are red and green ribbons.
The "Floats" enter the room in the order described above. As the accompaniment will be bells, a horn, and a drum-no music is needed. The recita
THAT'S THE TREE tions, given below, are for the children
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A Test in Santa Claus Land will take her straight into Santa Claus Land. If not, she
will have to go home without seeing us. BERTHA E. BUSH
(They hide and Fairy Malice enters.) CHARACTERS Mirnie
Fairy Malice Well, well, well! here's a little mortal Two little girls Tillie
girl asleep! I know she has come to find Santa Claus, and Santa Claus
I know that Santa Claus wants to receive her. But that's Sprites, Brownies, Elves, and Good Fairies, who help Santa Claus. just the reason why I don't want her to find him. I hate Fairy Malice, who hates Santa Claus and tries to make children
Santa Claus and I want to make him all the trouble I can. bad.
If I can lead this little girl astray it will trouble him greatly, SCENE I
and that is just what I want to do. I'll make her believe that The street. Tillie enters, poorly clad and carrying a great I am very kind and good. (Leans over Mirnie, speaking basket.
in honeyed tones.) Wake up, dear. You are lost and I
want to help you. Tillie Ooh! This wind is cold! And my basket is so Mirnie (rubbing her eyes) Oh, I am lost and I don't heavy and the way so long. But I ought not to complain. know which way to go. Can you tell me how to find I'm thankful enough to have the chance to earn the five Santa Claus's house? cents Mrs. Jones promised to give me for carrying it. Malice Santa Claus! What do you want of him? Mother needs every penny for the rent.
Mirnie There is a little girl who lives near us who has Mirnie (coming in and overtaking Tillie and calling out
never had a Christmas present. She is a very good little in as she comes) Wait, Tillie, wait! I'll help you with your girl, and I am sure that it is a mistake. I want to tell him
basket. (Taking hold of it.) My, but it is heavy! Where about her, and then I am sure he will give her some. are you carrying it?
Malice Nonsense! Santa Claus isn't that kind of a Tillie I'm taking it to Mrs. Smith on Thirty-first person at all. If he didn't give her any Christmas presents Street.
you may be sure it was because he didn't want to. He Mirnie That is a long way. I'm afraid you will be just gives Christmas presents to the children he happens very tired before you get it there. But I suppose you are to like. Propably he gives them to you because you have like me, so happy that Christmas is coming that you don't such pretty eyes. (Aside.) There, that will fetch her! mind anything else.
A little flattery always does. Tillie Happy because Christmas is coming? Oh, no! Mirnie But will you please show me the way to Santa Christmas means winter, and it is so much harder to get Claus's house? along in winter. Mother says she just dreads to see the Malice Yes, I'll show you the way. (Aside.) I won't first snow fly.
show her the way at all. I'll take her in exactly the oppoMirnie Yes, I know. Winter is hard. But oh, we have site direction. (To Mirnie.) Come, my dear. But as we such a good time on Christmas that it makes us love the walk, let's talk.
walk, let's talk. (They walk on.) You don't want to ask winter in spite of the cold.
Santa Claus for presents for somebody else. That would Tillie I never had a good time on Christmas.
make him very angry. Ask him for things for yourself, Mirnie Never had a good time on Christmas? Why! and if you please him, he will give you everything you doesn't Santa Claus bring you Christmas presents? want. That is the only sensible way. Tillie (sadly) No, never once.
Santa Mirnie But I've had a Christmas present every year, Claus doesn't come to poor folks.
and Tillie has never had any. Mirnie He does, for we are poor and he comes to our Malice (crossly) And won't you ask for presents for house.
yourself instead of for another girl, as I advise? Tillie He never came to ours. Oh, here's the street Mirnie Oh, I mustn't. I don't want to offend you, where I must turn off. Thank you, Mirnie, for helping but it was to ask for something for Tillie that I came here. me carry my basket so far. Good-bye (Tillie goes off). Malice Then I shan't show you the way. (Aside.)
Mirnie (to herself) Never had a Christmas present! I've got her so thoroughly puzzled that she can't find it
know the way at all. I wouldn't have started to Santa any children in Tillie's house. I wish I could go and tell Claus Land if I had known it would be so hard. Yes, I him about her. Mother says that his land isn't very far would have. I'd have come through a great deal more away, and the road of loving thoughts leads right through than this to tell Santa Claus about such a good little girl as it. I'll certainly try to find him and tell him. (Goes out.) Tillie. But the fairy said that Santa Claus wouldn't
give her anything even if he knew about her. Oh, dear, SCENE II
I'm so troubled! But I won't believe it. It's not a bit
like what I've always heard about Santa Claus. I beThe road to Santa Claus's house. Mirnie sits at one
lieve she was a bad fairy and was not telling the truth. side of it, quite exhausted.)
And she has led me farther out of my way than ever. Mirnie. Oh, I never dreamed that it was so far to Santa
Oh, dear, I'm so cold and tired! I'm afraid I'll freeze Claus Land. I'm so tired. And I'm not sure of the way.
to death. (Sinks down on the snow, unconscious. Santa Oh, if only somebody would come by that I could ask!
Claus and his sprites appear.) I must sleep a little. (Leans her head on her hana and goes
Santa Claus She has stood the test bravely. Lift her to sleep. Santa Claus and his sprites enter and gather
up, sprites, and lead her into my house. We'll have her around her, looking down at her lovingly.)
there before she comes to herself.
Santa Claus's house. In the center in a great chair is pass a test before she comes into Santa Claus Land. I
Mirnie with a very happy face. Grouped around her are Santa know that the Fairy Malice, who hates me and tries with
Claus and his helpers.) all her might to make the children I love selfish and naughty, Mirnie (evidently continuing a conversation begun before) is coming to try her bad powers on her. Sprites, let us And you will give Tillie a Christmas present? And you are hide near where she cannot see us, but where we can keep not angry with me as the bad fairy said you would be? any harm from befalling her. If she passes the test, we Santa Claus Angry, child! No, no! I am very much
pleased with you indeed. Of course I will give Tillie a All children (shaking fingers at him) Christmas present. I am everlastingly grateful to you for
Shame on you, it's Christmas Eve, telling me about her. And I want to give you the biggest
You little sleepy head! reward I can for it. What do you want the most of anything in the world?
Third little girl Mirnie (eagerly) Oh, I should like to be one of your
I wonder what Old Santa Claus helpers, and make merry Christmas for other people.
Will bring to us this year. Santa Claus You could not make a wish that would
It's almost time for him to come, please me more, my dear. You can be a helper to Santa
(Looks up at clock.) Claus in your home just as well as here. Come, brownies,
Let's wait for him right here. elves, and fairies, initiate this new helper into our band. She has gone through much suffering and trial to perform Fourth little boy a kind act, and she will be a most worthy member of the
I think it would be lots of fun Christmas Helpers Band.
To wait till Santa came; Fairies (placing an evergreen crown on her head) We crown
But just to keep us wide awake, her with the evergreen crown of Christmas to signify that
Let's play a little game. the kindly spirit of Christmas keeps alive when all the life of summer is frozen and numb.
Fourth little girl Brownies (bringing a wand and placing it in her hand)
I'm just a little sleepy We give her the magic-working wand of Christmas. It is
(Rubs eyes.) a changeable tool. Sometimes it takes the shape of a ham
Let's play a game or two. mer, sometimes of a paint-brush, sometimes of needle
I know the one I like the best: or scissors. It will change into every implement that is
Come on, you'll like it, too. used in making Christmas gifts; and it is the happiest implement to use in all the world.
Teacher strikes chord on piano. Forming with partner, Elves (fastening across her shoulder a scarf bearing the all bow to partners. (Illustration 2.) Then stand erect and letters S. Č. H.) We put upon you the badge of your new four couples take places in a little circle holding partner's office, for we feel that you have the right to wear it. hand high, ready for the simple little polka dance below.
Mirnie (looking down at it) S. C. H. What does that (Illustration 3.) stand for?
(Music — any pretty and simple polka) All (with a joyful shout) Santa Claus's Helpers!
Step 1 Hold partner's hand high and start with outside foot. Three steps forward and point with inside foot.
Face partner and step sideward toward back of room and A Christmas Play
bow deeply. (Girls raise skirts - boys place hand over
heart for bow.) (Illustration 4.) HARRIET A. JAMES
Join hands with partner and beginning with outside
foot take 3 steps and point with inside foot. (Going in Enter four little girls and four little boys and stand as in opposite direction this time toward front of room.) 1. Fireplace drawn on blackboard. Each carries a stocking.
Step sideward toward front of room, face partner and deep
bow. First little boy To-morrow will be Christmas Day,
Step 2. Join both hands with partner by crossing hands And oh, I feel so glad! and hop skip in a circle toward right eight skips
. Al I've waited now so long for it
join hands in circle and hop skip to center four skips – It nearly drove me mad.
back four skips.
Repeat all of Step 1 and Step 2.
Do dance four times.
At end of fourth time bells tinkle. Children take listening
pose and Christmas fairy runs in and says: First little girl (a very tiny one)
Clear the way, my little children,
Santa Claus now comes this way,
Don't you hear the silvery tinkle
Of the bells upon his sleigh?
(Bells tinkle again and teacher again strikes chord and Second little boy
fairy poses as in Illustration 5.)
(Music for Fairy's dance - any pretty and simple march time.) stockings up.)
Step 1 Raise skirt as in Illustration 6 and step right In the firelight dim.
and point toe of left foot - step left and point right changI hope that Santa Claus will come
ing arm position to the opposite side. Repeat both. Raise And fill them to the brim.
skirt with both arms lateral as in 5 and run around in
circle to right with 12 tiny steps and deep bow (4 counts for Next little girl
bow). Repeat the step, starting with left foot and finish I want a pretty new plaid dress
with run in circle to left and deep bow. A doll, a book and ring.
Step 2 Slide forward on right foot and hop on right foot Oh, dearie me! (clasping her hands) I wonder with left raised behind as in Illustration 7." (Skirt raised what
to sides.) Dear Santa Claus will bring.
Step back on left and hop on left raising right foot in
front. Repeat twice and jump to stride position with Next little boy
arms sideward and jump to closed foot position as in Tilus It's getting late, now, boys and girls,
tration 5. (2 counts for each jump and 2 for each hop! Come on, let's off to bed.
Repeat step starting left. (Jerks head back as if to indicate direction of bed.)
Step 3 Take 3 quick slides right, with arms out to side