Corks, Matches, Hairpins and…Lightbulbs?!

I have to share with you my latest wonderful library sale find. For the princely sum of 10p, I became the proud owner of 365 Games to Make and Play, published in the 1970s.

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It is *somewhat* different from modern craft books for kids πŸ˜‰

I guess it was aimed at the kids of heavy-drinking, chain-smoking parents as nearly all the projects involve corks or matchboxes or matches (including some that call for spent matches!)

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There’s some pretty dubious racial stereotyping:

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And then there’s the gender stereotyping:

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And I’m not sure cock-fighting is something that would appear in a kids’ book today:

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Best of all, for me, is the flagrant disregard for safety. Look! We have kids’ craft projects made from glass lightbulbs:

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Can you tell I am a little bit in love with this crazy book?!

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22 thoughts on “Corks, Matches, Hairpins and…Lightbulbs?!

  1. These ideas are so cute!

  2. What a treasure! I love it – made me laugh lots – Thank you! Question is – what are you going to make first!!!?

  3. etimes2 says:

    Finally. A craft book that my kids would love.

  4. Lovely book nevertheless! Come to think of safety for children – my husband still loves to remind me that I prepared a “balloon shaving” game for our then TWO year old’s birthday party. I was going to issue every toddler with a balloon covered in shaving cream and a disposable RAZOR and get them to shave their balloons as fast as they could without popping them! Just because I remembered playing that game in my childhood at someone’s party… but I think I would have been a teenager, a little detail I totally forgot!

  5. Make the weightlifter, please, please, please!!

  6. Andria says:

    Ah, those were the days…simpler times, don’t you think? This truly made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that! πŸ™‚

  7. Those Seventies craft ideas – it was how on earth to get hold of a ping pong ball that always stumped me!

  8. razorcandy says:

    that is brilliant, the glass bulbs one is so ridiculous that it’s genious hahaha

  9. Gjeometry says:

    Lol. Don’t you remember when you were a child and your mother always gave you pins, matches and lightbulbs (preferably broken) to play with?? πŸ˜‰

  10. Ben Naga says:

    Ah … The seventies. Those were the days, eh?

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