Hoot the Fine Motor Owl
- Ages 18 months to 4 years
Hoot the Fine Motor Owl is a wise friend who helps prepare kids for preschool success with four fun activities. Hoot is designed to build and strengthen different areas of hand muscle and coordination.
Kids practice pincer grip by spinning Hoot’s eyes, build hand strength by squeaking his beak, and work on hand-eye coordination by dropping coins into the slot on Hoot’s head. To get the coins out, kids use scissor skills to flap Hoot’s wings so the coins can tumble out. Fun for even the tiniest of owlets, Hoot is a wonderful toy to learn skills with.
In the early 20th century, it was common for children, some as young as four, to work in America’s factories, mines, fields, canneries, and tenement sweatshops. In 1910, children under the age of 15 made up 18.4 percent of the nation’s workforce. Outraged reformers began a campaign to end child labor in the United States. By 1915, several states had passed child labor laws. Congress twice enacted legislation that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional. A constitutional amendment restricting child labor passed Congress in 1924, but the necessary number of states failed to approve the amendment. In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed, prohibiting most children under age 16 from working in industry. Agricultural and domestic labor were excluded.
More information about child labor can be found within records of rights, a National Archives permanent exhibit, following the history of the ongoing struggle of Americans to define, attain, and protect their rights.