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Originally published in the 1910s, this book is an introduction to the art of making toys by children, and of making the most of simple tools and simple materials. The purpose of the book is to encourage children not only to copy but also to create, or at any rate to copy not only from the book but from the world around them.
Dolls' houses and furniture, railways, boats and other vehicles offer endless possibilities of original and attractive design; and mechanical toys, whether driven by wind, water, elastic or the works of an old clock, offer an equally wide field for invention. At a later age girls will no doubt be ambitious to devise useful articles for the home, while boys may become interested in engineering and electrical models, optical toys, etc.; the deftness of hand, acquaintance with elementary principles, and self-confidence acquired through the simple work described in this book, should stand them in good stead.
"Self-reliance and ingenuity are valuable assets with which to start upon the more serious tasks of life, and if our-hints on toy-making contribute in any way to the development of these qualities, this book will not have been written in vain", said the author.