What kids in the 1930s wanted for Christmas

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How to choose Christmas gifts for kids: Toys & fun

In choosing Christmas gifts for the children, avoid complicated or fragile articles that give pleasure only for a short time.

Select materials or tools with which the boy or girl can make things. Blocks for the younger ones. paint: and crayons {or the next older. with some good pictures to color are always acceptable.

The still older boy will like a few real tools — a hammer, saw, T-square, and a plane — while his sister will be overjoyed with a small workbasket, with scissors, thimble, and a good assortment of threads and needles, tape measure, emery and so on.

How to choose Christmas gifts for kids (1930)

How to choose Christmas gifts for kids: Books

On choosing Christmas gifts for children, don’t neglect books — beautifully-illustrated storybooks from which to read to the child from two to seven, and high-grade books for older ones.

Better to buy one or two of high grade than a large number of cheap ones. Several books given all at once are not desirable, anyway, as a rule.

There are so many cheap and trashy things for children in bright but often inartistic colors. Often such books have the poorest kind of reading matter in poor print for children who can read, and poor quality from which to read to younger children.

Then there are the countless linen books for preschool children. Don’t put them in the hands of a little child. Give him a well-illustrated book, and show him how to use it carefully. Always be with him and the book until the book is safe with him alone, and choose the one from which you are going to begin to read to him beautiful things he will want to hear over and over again.

If you just give him a book he cannot injure, how is he to learn to handle one that must be used with care?

How to find the right books for a child

Go to your nearest library and ask the librarian to show you the best books for children. You may want to take the child with you.

The librarian has nothing to sell. She has only one concern: that children shall have the best books there are.

Remember, too, that the library books are free for use by you and your children; all the more reason why you should, when buying, purchase only the best, supplementing them with other good ones from the public library.

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Don’t depend on the advice or the average clerk in a store to tell you what to buy. Of course, there are some very high trade bookstores and high-grade book sections of good department stores. Such can give you wholesome guidance, and they have many books for you to inspect.

In choosing books for school-age children, don’t overlook the many self-teaching materials now available. Many public schools have such librarians, and most teachers can give good advice on choosing books for children.

Then there are some good magazines for children. Ask your librarian to show them to you also. Some are on the newsstands.

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