Activities For Little Fingers by Bradford Gearhart
THE child is naturally a worker. He will destroy if he does not know how to make. Destruction interests him as much as construction. He likes to see "the wheels go around," and it matters little to him if the gratifying of his desires is advantageous or not to the article in hand.
Mothers, who were the earliest and should be the best teachers, long go found that the happiest child was the busy one. They discovered also that to keep him at work he must be interested in the thing he is doing. To accomplish this they must provide that which he feels to be worth the effort.
It must be something which he understands and which he can finish in a short time. A stupid, difficult "stint" such as poor Little Prudy had to finish daily is not calculated to increase a love for work. The wise and patient mother has it in her power to create an interest in the daily work of the household. Even such homely tasks as sweeping, dusting, and sewing may be taught to the children and prove pleasurable and profitable to them.
Handwork has its place in education as well as in the daily life. It should ever be a blessing, not a doom. It may give in both places rich returns, which should affect the child in the development of his thought, of his emotional life, and of his character. The results of the work are the child's, but the mother and the teacher must study how best to give the full joy of work to the children.
This book considers the needs of both the mother and the teacher. It has been written by two teachers who know and love children and who have practically worked out with them the things of which they write. It tries to meet the child's constant cry, " What shall I do?" with a direct reply full of help and of interest. Mere formal models aie not mentioned, the book dealing with attractive and useful articles.
It sets forth the best way of making such articles and it tells what they should cost. Simple crafts from many industrial fields are chosen in order that variety in work may increase the child's interest in the world about him.