School: Saints Peter & Paul, Balbriggan

Location:
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Teacher:
Bean Uí Chorcoráin

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Homemade Toys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0783, Page 417

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Home made toys 21:3:38

Hannah Mc Aleer, Hampton St., Balbriggan.
Those facts were told to me by my mother Mrs. Mc Aleer, Hampton St., Balbriggan
Girls make chains or girdles with flowers. They us a needle and thread. Daisies and buttercups are most commonly used. Then they cut the stems off the flowers using the heads to make into a chain or girdle. Each head is threaded into a cord with a needle. This makes a very nice chain or girdle.
Dolls can be made with flowers for instance with a poppy by cutting the stems two or four inches long to represent the legs. The petal is turned down A strand of grass is tied around the middle of the petal in this way forming the skirt and bodice of a dress. Thenaother stem four inches long is cut for the arms. This stem is attached through the petal and the doll is now complete. It is called a black doll with red dress and black head and face.
Boys make toys with thread spools by cutting the spool to form a point. Then they get a nail about two and a half inches long which is put through the hole in the spool. This forms the spike. The toy is then complete.
Boys make pea shooters from elder branches. First the branches cut about six inches long. Then a thick steel knitting is got. it is put in the fire till

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Collector
Hannah Mc Aleer
Gender
female
Address
Hampton Street, Co. Dublin
Informant
Mrs Mc Aleer
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Hampton Street, Co. Dublin
Language
English