Childcraft, Make and Do, Part Two

Here are several more scans from Volume 11, Make and Do from the Childcraft Library. I like the way these page spreads are done. This whole volume is about things that kids can make and do themselves. I couldn't help but think how times have changed, how the children who read this volume in the early 70's were not exposed to the technology that we have today. Not that kids today don't make things, but it is definitely a different time.


  1. My parents had that set so I grew up reading it (born in 79 so not just kids born in the early 70s read this!) I loved it! I've been hunting online trying to remember what it looked like and was called and such as their copies got damaged. Is there any way you could do me a favor? I could swear that book had a "make your own playdough" recipe? Could you share it with me?

    By the way, after finding this page, I've been browsing your blog. I love all the vintage books. I think kids nowadays are missing out so much.

  2. Hey there! I' m from Italy, born in 1977; I spent days, no, actually weeks on those books, expecially on "make and do"! They used to be extremely popular back in those days! Still have them at my parent' s place! Thanks for sharing those pictures! They bring me back wonderful memories!!!

  3. Thanks Massimiliano, I'm glad you were able to view this post!

  4. Omg just spent an embarrassingly long time googling trying to find this book!!! Thanks for memories

  5. Oh, my gosh!!!! I use to have this book! It brings back memories when I was a little girl. I wish I still had the book.

  6. I really liked your Information. Keep up the good work. Make a Book for Kids

  7. I wish I still had my set. Trying to find the hot cocoa recipe that is in it without having to buy the book.

    1. 1 tablespoon cocoa, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1 cup of milk, a marshmallow or cinnamon if you wish

To make one cup of cocoa, put the cocoa, sugar and water into a cup. Stir until it is mixed together. Pour milk into a saucepan, and with help, place it over low heat. Heat the milk until tiny bubbles form around the edges, but do not let it boil. Get some help to pour the hot milk into the cup with the cocoa mixture in it. Stir until all of the cocoa is mixed in. To make a foamy drink, drop a marshmallow into the cocoa. Or sprinkle cinnamon on top to give it a special taste.

I hope you see this :) This volume is the only one I kept, it was my definite fave. And I hope you can manage the stove without help ;)