Advice from the Past
- Choosing Play Things: Backyard Playgrounds. (June 10, 1931). Housekeepers’ Chat. Bureau of Home Economics, United State Department of Agriculture, Radio Service.
- Choosing the Right Toy. (December 11, 1931). Housekeepers’ Chat. Bureau of Home Economics, United State Department of Agriculture, Radio Service.
- A List of Toys Suggested by the Mothers in the Second and Third Year’s Course of Study. Elizabeth Harrison (1893). Chicago: Chicago Kindergarten College.
- Toys to Fit the Child. (1927). United States Department of Agriculture, Radio Service; United States Bureau of Home Economics.
Educational Value of Toys and Play
- Toys and Their Place in the Education of the Child: A Study of Child-Nature. Elizabeth Harrison (1893). Chicago: Chicago Kindergarten College.
- Funtime Puppets. Carrie Rosmussen and Caoline Storck (1952) Chicago: Children’s Press, Inc.
Tin Can Toys
- Making Tin Can Toys. Edward and Isabel Thatcher (1919). Philadelphia: J.B. Lippencott
- Tin Can Toys and How to Make Them. Carrie Williams (1916). St. Louis, Missouri
- Mechanical and Other Toys. The Automatic Toy Works Catalog (1882). New York City
- Practical architecture for young and old, with real stones in natural colors as contained in Richter’s “Anchor” blocks. F.Ad Richter & Co. (c. 1880s). Heidecksburg, Rudolstadt.
- Toys, Painted by Walter Trier. Oskar Seyffert (1922). Berlin: E. Wasmuth.
- Educational toys, consisting chiefly of coping-saw problems for children in the school and the home. Louis C. Petersen (1920). Peoria: Manual Arts Press.
- Home Plan and Play Equipment for the Pre-School Child. Includes plans and instructions. US Department of Labor (1937). Washington D.C.: General Printing Office.
- Manual Training–play problems; constructive work for boys and girls based on the play interest. William Samuel Martin (1917). the Macmillian Company: New York.
- The Play Work Book. Ann MacBeth (1918). New York: Robert M. McBride & Co.
- Toy-Making at Home: How to Make a Hundred Toys from Odds and Ends. Morely Adams (1915). New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co.
- Toy-Making in School and Home. Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne (1916). Harrap: London.
- Toying with Toys. Home-maker Chat (December, 1945) United States Department of Agriculture Office of Information. Radio Service.
- When mother lets us make toys: a book which develops ingenuity and inventive power through the making of unique toys out of materials which every boy and girl can get with almost no expense. G. Ellingwood Rich (1915). New York: Moffat, Yard.
- What to Look For in Toys. Lynda Harriman (1974). Champaign-Urbana, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cooperative Extension Service.