and require little in the way of organization or skill.
Boarding parents who play the piano, enjoy singing or are skilled at needlework are at a great advantage. The husband or older brother may have a basement workshop and help detained boys or girls make simple objects for some member of their family or for their own use. The care of pets is almost always sure-fire. Puttering around the car in the garage, shovelling snow or caring for plants are all examples of activities which have a high degree of appeal for unsettled children and require little in the way of organization or skill. Picnics ...
ex Sherwood Norman and Helen Norman, Detention for the Juvenile Court : A Discussion of Principles and Practices (National Probation Association, 1946) : 26 : link