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The San Francisco Sunday Call
SAFE AMUSEMENTS FOR THE CHILDREN MOTHERS frequently make the mistake of paying too much at tention to the playtime of chll • dren. Play Is instinctive, and if na . . ture, the dear old nurse, be allowed to take care of little boys and girls, all ; that Is required of parents is the provi sion of the few sensible, inexpensive ar ticles that are toys because the play makes them so. '. \u25a0 First of all, keep the tot« out In the open air Just as steadily as you can. Dress them for the weather and turn •- them out to pasture, so to speak. Pro \u25a0 _vid« self-entertainment so that the . straying tendencies of some will be for gotten, and don't bother them! LSttle girls or boys will string beads for hours. Let them, have large needles. ' . coarse thread and a generous supply of "\u25a0 all colors of beads, and necklaces will be made and remade in undisturbed ; bliss. The small loss due to dropping can be covered by the addition of new cnes occasionally. Beads are of great wearing qualities, and the constructive and destructive instincts of play can be allowed full scope. Try this method; • If you wish, let buttons form a substi tute for beads. Mud pies! That is a word to conjure with, for here the imitative and imag inative powers are exercised. The finest \u25a0 chocolate cake and caramel pudding are made right out on an old table with tin pans, tin spoons and real mud and water! Of course, there should be an oven (a soap box will do), and there need be n 0 danger of the little cooks giving notice. Let the youngsters be sensibly garbed, for mud pies are hard to manage and the little bakers must not be scolded for amusing, themselves In this harmless way. Did you ever ,play store? If you did, you will know what fun It Is; if you <Jid not. you hay« missed one of the finest treats of childhood. Sand for the foodstuffs, buttons for money, and a bucket of •water for vinegar, oil 05. milk will stock up the little grocery on I- th* lawn. Don't be afraid to let the keeper have . plenty of paper and string for the packages; iusist upon a changing of places. Remember that fair play must be the underlying principle of all deal- The resporsibility of being Intrusted vith a certain task of helping mother is fully realized by little ones. % Ask the favor; you ha.ye no Idea with what en \u25a0 Joyment a little task will be performed. gtraightening out pieces of string and IMPROVISED WINDOW SEATS WINDOW seats need not neces carily be built when the house is constructed. They can ,be quickly Improvised by clever women, who need not possess diplomat 'in carpentry to enable this comfortable furnishing in a room. In the cases shown the window reats are already made ;, all that ,- is " required is to move them to proper places and to furnish them with cushions or cover's. . ; ; For a dormer window In the upper •room a window seat can be supplied WORK FOR THE WOMANLY BRAIN AND HAND winding the lengths Into a ball for mother is hard work, but interesting and self-sufficient. Do not insist upon too close application, and let thejlttle fingers solve their own difficulties. Any ' very hard knot can be placed at one side. The skill and dexterity acquired will help the child along the way in school. Manual work should be given a large portion of time in the child's play. \u25a0With a pair of blunt scissors let a child cut out pictures in a paper. Insist upon accuracy, and let the figures be . kept in a serapbook to be colored when the rain comes down. Overattentlon is not good for children. , Let them, arr.us* themselves, always, of course, keeping "in a very/convenient background. The boy or girl who can play for hours in a sensible way gains independence and self-reliance with every effort, and surely ' the *aim. of every mother and father is to make of their children individuals who; can un assisted perform the .duties of life. Remember that play is essential to the development of the child's character, and keep well in mlndthe necessity for natural activity, directed but not inter fered with, encouraged and at the same time kept within \u25a0 sensible, healthy bounds. by a shirtwaist box,- moved in under the sill and between the sides of the alcove. Frequently a delightful; little color scheme can be } followed ,lf the cretonne or chintz curtain material Is used for the straight top cover of the box and its deep ruffle at the edge. Pillows also can be made of the" same pattern, and a veritable corner can be made which supplies space for cloth ing and for seating.. The combination," bench "and .table is as successful ;a; window : seat', as ' you can _wlsh. \ IriTthlsrcase' It Is-effectlve to paint 1 the " wood * trie , dull , color that best matches 1 the drapery that wiir.be used near this seat. A dull 'green always; harmonizes v with \u25a0 any J. tones; and brown, too, ! is . a restful shade v , to select for: the:coat;.'-.; This window .' seat , can be placed in a deep recess and In. a position that resembles ; tbe- old-fashioned -fire seat. Two of these are not^ too : , many .for the wider ; dormer window.; Pillows are ' required for comtort'svsake,; and let it: be suggested : that' v they: be of durable Jlnen or -cra«<h,\ and/^Mt \e>* '<-\u25a0 the expensive and: perishable silk and embroidered^ variety.- The decorative v type,- Is ; much, .more, : appropriate "for :' this ikind -; of \u25a0seat.';,and i tospractical . .eyes the^possibilty .of Swashing «.na of *a\ combination; of ' good looks with . economy.' '"; \u25a0 y- . \u25a0- ''_'-\u25a0.. \u25a0 •\u25a0\u25a0 ' \ :'\u25a0'/•:'\u25a0\u25a0 Never let a lone. \ low, steamer, trunk waste /Its - sea tins capacity .onV. the desert \u25a0 air. under. ( a<bed. Haul' it over: to a 7 window; cover^ ;lt with a straight plece'of , crash and give an ample sup- v T :: b ply;: of [-cushions," and -you*, will: have j j provided-: space i;fori three 4 who ; other wise might :be;.compelle'<i to stand.' |g| lv.. j other Swords, m3o not^leti boxes; or' benches r escape; from' the 'double \u25a0 use (of , receptacles and - window I seats."; : Make i every one? afford ?\u25a0] a i restlngr^P^ce, the '\u25a0 factl!* If need be," under .the j out j^y/of. covers 'and "cushions. -The fwindow^ seat 'is ; yours * for the moving ipt £aj, stray^v trunk '\u25a0- and V .thetquJcJt"': i furnishing , of rwhlchl; eyery.; womanUs: capable! r Prbper=Gleahing llisbf: Cloth ;\u25a0 ; 771 J^v -people y realize r what ; jn^an'; excellent T" a rubber \ sponge*-: Is for "? r s^- cJeaningrVl: woolen^ mate rials.) .The, gown" shouldibe I laid ;' :;?ori • a V table ;• or flat mirf ace a.hd rubbed briskly yssf'l the taking carnal ways ' to^rub" % the wron's side of the nap.tand cleaning^;, the p cloth ',* care fully .' after, each • rub.* Even the lightest of woolen ma terials r* can be s treated pin this \u25a0-' -??r Arranging Flowers -^\u25a0\u25a0ir O TROUBLE is too great to the J\J genuine lover of flowers when ar^ "T".-^ ranging them. The utmost pains will be i taken \ to choose [ the most sult able ': glass or jar ' receptacle; A large bunch of. - sweet -\u0084 peas looks well if placed on an old * china,; mug or bow pot./Roses; are _ equally effective if set in specimen-glasses ,or_* carelessly: grouped in "a porcelain .bowl, j . Ulies-of-the-rvalley are a host in themselves. Poppies .seem to require clay pottery, or the bottle-green vases that are so general nowadays. Forget me-nots look well in small, low glasses. Mignonette '•> is best in a bowl by it self, . as it is said to - kill flowers that are ;put with .: it. The -old-fashioned clove carnation, looks well with a spray of white :\u25a0• jasmine.- Scarlet: geranium should always \u25ba have a" spray of, its own leaves.^. 1 - •,-- -y- \u25a0\u25a0:\u25a0:\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0.: j;:-^v.^.;.-~'.5-y.->^ ;\u25a0 :\u25a0;\u25a0 :t: t Maidenhair ' fern.' so i lovely : as . foliage. Is g properly ; associated • with 1 hot-house blossoms; : but orchids 1 should be ex cepted' from this : suggestion, v They are best as nature intended them to be. Indeed, it :is always more 4 artistic to give each flower "its own i foliage. Would You Keep -*-.; v : S~*\ OOD *sound-jadvice' is ; given-. evl- / I 'tt dently'by one who 'knows. You see; -the ; effects' of one's mental attitude are" emphasized-. *The physical will:take care of Itself. ,|, Keep -.in ;the sunlight; \u25a0 nothing < beautiful j- or ' sweet grows-or ripens in thefdarkness. : ; Avoid ; fear -in all its; varied; forms of expression; -it Js^tne greatest .enemy o f . th e human , race. ,1 Avoidt excesses of all; kinds; they, are injurious. - >Th 9 long life must^be a' temperate^- regular. life.;;;-.;::-;.:--'; ';\u25a0;\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 ': '/\u25a0 '> \u25a0" '.;'- ;; ' live to eat. but > eat-, to \Uve-' Many of. r ' our ; Ills ; are i : due;" to over-" eating, vtoTeatlrigf; the V wrong things and to' lrregular, eating. • :; '*". ;.*Don't^allowT yourself to," think on your v birthday.< that ; ; you are a year older arid \u25a0 so rr.uch nearer! the ' end.' :/'^\ ; Never look • on " the "*;dar k side* , take x sunny : ..views - of 5 every thing; fa% sunny * thought -drives 'away .the 'shadows. :";', £; Be, a ; child ; '\u25a0 live j simply and arid I keep Tcfear I of /. entangling <"' alliances arid? complications^ of? all ; r kind3;'^";; .' .wCultivate|th«J*spirltfbf Jcontentment; ' all ?_\ and ".dissatisfaction i brln^ age ; furrows : pr ematurejy : to the "5 Form , a', habits of -\u25a0 throwing Toff before ;^ln^iVo^*^^ a . t r? I .^ t ""'' a ? I ". t .^?s ca *'* 8 and f anxieties ;tne) t day^yeryth ing "whichTc'aiv posslblyXcause mental r^wear arid*. tear 7 or. deprive* you of rest.'™ :< Favors for the Fourth WHEN you are letting your little children celebrate Independ ence Day in U noiseless, sane and .'enjoyable way. either by picnick ing orbytha ever-popular party, do not forget that boys and girls like to take home -sauvv-irs. These are frequently high in price. Why not make the timely gifts that v. ill impress the red, white and blue of the day on little minds, but because of the inexpensive nature of cardboard, ribbon or pencils,' leaves no great gap in mother's < accounts? As favors, to be awarded for partlcl- patlng in games or as placards at the luncheon table, these few sketches are submitted. They are sufficiently clear to allow, the use of ; the carbon paper In transferring the outline* to stiff card board. The.decoratlon in color, for chil dren are yery fond of bright hues, can be done , with 'crayons or, water .color. . Tho shield you will' trace and color red onVthevalternate . dark ; stripes i and blue on . the 1 stars. \u25a0 \u0084-.: The '• two • holes 'at each side allow the slipping through of a ru>> beriband.?most of It'being.at the back. This allows two or three twists around the button on a boy's coat. The five-pointed star made famous by Betsy Ross* one clip of the scissors is appropriate for little glrte. Punch a hola in the cardboard and knot red, whits and blue ribbons through the opening. This star can be gold, white or colored stiff board, and can be pinned upon the dress of the little girls. White cardboard boxes make excellent forts, for favors. Punch holes through the sides and use colored sticks, pur chasable at stores where kindergarten supplies are sold, for the projecting can noes. Now. through the top pass a col ored pencil for the flagpole and . let a tiny paper flag wave from the top. The little boy's name on the side gives much merriment and. pleasure. You know how fond of badges the little tots are. Make one for each child, using a but ton mould and covering it with material. Print the initial of each wearer in the center, and the longer the trlcolored streamers' the better. •A drum of pasteboard, drawn and cut out. is easily made. At one side punch a hole and run ribbon through. Just to give the genuine appearance to the card. The cake, frosted to represent a flag, the napkins folded in shapes like hau and ice cream in bell mould 3 from which real flag 3 wave are other hints for the table. And s,j far there ha 3 not been mentioned an explosive that may cause serious injury to the little onea who are echoing th« spirit of "'76 In a delightful way! Strewing Flowers HAVE you ever considered what a deep undermeaning there lies, or. at lea.**:, m3y be read. If w * choose, in our custoni of strewing flowC ers before those whom we tiiinli most -.Do you suppose It Is merely to de-. ceive them into the hope that happine3j is always to fall thus in showers at their feet— that wherever they pas 3 they will . tread on herbs of sweet scent, and that the rough ground will be made smooth . for them by depth of roses? So surely as they believe that, thsy \u25a0will have. Instead, to", walk on bitter herbs and thorns; and the only soft ness to their feet will be. of snow. But It is not thus intended they should believe; there Is" a better mean ing in that oldcustora. The; path of a" good woman Is Indeed strewn with flowers: but they rise behind her steps, not before them. ,"Her feet - have touched the meadow 3 and :r<: left th» daisies rosy.", — Ruskin. '