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Advanced Toy Making for Schools by David M. Mitchell

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Instructor Manual Arts Willson Junior High School, Cleveland, Ohio


The Manual Arts Press Peoria, Illinois

Copyright 1922 David M. Mitchell 12 B 22

Printed in United States of America


Toys are today regarded as educational factors in the life of boys and girls. New toys come into demand at frequent intervals in the growth and mental development of the child. On account of the unfailing interest on the part of the pupils in toys and because of the unlimited educational possibilities contained in toy making, this work is rightfully taking an increasingly important place in the manual arts program in the schools.

This book is the outgrowth of toy making problems given to junior high and high school pupils. The author claims no originality for some of the toys. However, most of them have been originated or improved upon in the author's classes.

While it is entirely satisfactory to have any of the toys mentioned in this book made as individual projects, they are here offered as suitable group projects or production projects, and it is hoped that the suggested form of shop organization for production work as treated in Part I is flexible enough so that the plan can be applied to most any shop conditions.

The drawings of toys in Part II will suggest a variety of articles which may be used in carrying out the production work.

Of course, the success of organizing and conducting classes for this kind of work depends largely upon the instructor. He must know definitely what he is trying to get done. He must adopt and pursue such methods of dealing with both the members of the class and the material as will contribute directly towards the desired end.

Toy making carried on by the so called productive plan, if handled properly, will bring out many of the essentials of an organization typical of the commercial industries. Together with its educational possibilities and its power to attract the attention of those engaged in this activity, toy making will rightfully take its place alongside other important subjects offered in a complete industrial arts course.

The author wishes to acknowledge his indebtedness to William E. Roberts, supervisor of manual training, Cleveland Public Schools, for valuable suggestions and inspiration; to Joseph A. Shelley, Jersey City, N. J., for suggestions on finishing kiddie car wheels; to the Eclipse Air Brush Company, Newark, N. J., for valuable information and photographs of air brush equipment; and to the American Wood Working Machinery Co., for the use of the illustrations showing the operation of the turning lathe, universal saw, and other woodworking machines.


Cleveland, Ohio, 1921.





1. Suggested plan for shop organization. 2. Grouping of students. 3. The time clerk and tool room clerk. 4. Recording attendance. 5. Time cards. 6. Using time card. 7. Grading students. 8. Preliminary discussion and preparation for shopwork. 9. Bazaars, toy sales, etc.


10. Sanitation emphasized. 11. Preparation of surfaces. 12. Application of water colors. 13. Analine water stains. 14. Formulas for analine water stains. 15. Oil stains. 16. Shellacking. 17. Varnishing. 18. Points on Varnishing. 19. Colored varnish. 20. Another suggestion for finishing. 21. Use of paint. 22. Ingredients of good paint. 23. Application of paint. 24. Preparation of surface. 25. Tinting materials. 26. Mixing paints. 27. Paint formulas. 28. Formulas for making tinted paint. 29. Enameling. 30. The dipping method. 31. Polishing by tumbling... Continue reading book >>

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