Children are fun, especially at Christmas. But even the most patient and loving parent will admit that at times the unflagging energy of children, or even the sheer weight of their numbers, can become almost overwhelming. Here, on this and the following pages, is an intriguing new pastime that not only gives the kids a quiet, sit-on-the-floor outlet for all that energy but gives parents a chance to sit with them and share the fun. All you need are several empty flip-top cigaret boxes, a bottle of rubber cement and a good pair of scissors. Cut out the designs printed here. Note that they are printed on back-to-back pages in such a way that they don't overlap, but be careful lest you accidentally snip a design on the reverse side. After you've cut out the designs, fold them precisely as indicated. Then apply cement to the lower part of the box and apply the larger piece, making sure you have it right side up. Then do the top piece. Let the whole thing dry for a few minutes, and there you are—with a new toy, a colorful decoration or an impromptu ventriloquist's dummy. Manipulate the flip top to make the mouth open and shut. See following pages for more ideas. And Merry Christmas!
This bear is a little on the square side, all feet, ears and mouth, but he's a good animal to start with, since only the ears present a problem. Cut them out carefully so they stand up, as illustrated above.
IN THE LION'S MOUTH
This is tricky. First cut out man's head (small rectangle at top), fold, then cement picture side of bottom fold against inside front of box, picture side of top fold against inside front of flip top. Then paste the lion's head and feet on the front of the box, and his tail on the back.
WISE OLD OWL
This might be another good one to start on, since it's fairly simple in design, with no added fillips to arouse young tempers. Be careful not to lop off owl's beak.
MOOSE AND MEN
Now, with bear, lion, owl (you think it could be an eagle?) and moose, you have a fair forest of ferocious game for hunter (below) to stalk.
Some precise scissoring is needed here for John Hunter's accessories: his hat, gun, camera, binoculars. Cement them in place as indicated in the finished illustration.
DO IT YOURSELF
On these pages are several do-it-yourself ideas, like this skin-diver. Sketch your own designs on colored paper, cut and paste.
In this do-it-yourself design the straight arm and the arm with ball are separate units. You could construct an entire team of 11 players.
Another ready-to-paste animal for the forest. How about some tame animals? You (or the kids) might do a whole barnyard.
As you can see, Santa is pretty easy to do. Try some reindeer (including Rudolph), using design for the moose as rough guide.
Here the kids can really let their imaginations go—with matches for ears and a paper clip antenna. Or make matchstick legs.
No zoo or menagerie is complete without an elephant. Here's a big-eared, long-trunked peanut muncher, complete with tusks. For an added effect, you might try to curl up the end of the trunk in a hungry way.
CASEY ON THE BOX
Conversational Casey demonstrates a good game to play with photographs. Turn box upside down and fit picture so flip top opens and closes the mouth.
By now you're an expert, so try this. Turn box upside down and glue torso and head of clown to reverse side. Use small brass paper fasteners (see insert) to attach movable arms and legs. Open box and, behold, clown sits.