PLAYTHINGS FOR THE BABY
By MRS. PRINCESS B. TROWBRIDGE
A WORSTED ball makes an excellent plaything for a little baby. If it is suspended from his carriage or crib it will help him to learn to focus his eyes, and he will be amused by it for a long time. When the child is a little older, let him sit on a quilt on the floor and play with several balls in the six primary colors, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Each ball should have a worsted string of the same color attached to it. When the child is a little older still, play simple little games with him, such as rock-a-bye baby, pendulum of a clock, swinging the ball back and forth and up and down and in other ways that will occur to every mother. Unconsciously the child will acquire a sense of form, color,, motion, and position by these games. Say to him, "See the pretty round balls." "See the pretty red paper," and the child will delight to find and bring to you other things that are round like a ball, and red like the paper. A set of worsted balls in the six primary colors can be obtained from the kindergarten supply houses.
Clothespins make an excellent plaything for babies. They can be used for babies or soldiers, or to make fences, trees, log houses, and many other interesting things. Playthings that can be taken apart and put together again are good to have; also blocks with which the child can build all kinds of objects —engines that he can push along the floor, balls to bounce and throw, doll carriages, washing sets, etc. Dolls with clothes that button, and unbutton and come off, may be used to teach the children how to dress and undress themselves.