Funstuf

By Ruth Schiefen


Seeing Double

Words that have the same or a similar meaning are called synonyms—for example: shovel and spade. See if you can match each word in the first column with its synonym in the second column.

1. Tornado

a. Signature

2. Bullfighter

b. Cantaloupe

3. Cat

c. Hamlet

4. Autograph

d. Galoshes

5. Glen

e. Toreador

6. Overshoes

f. Valley

7. Miser

g. Coach

8. Village

h. Cyclone

9. Muskmelon

i. Feline

10. Carriage

j. Penny pincher

Answers:

(1) h, (2) e, (3) i, (4) a, (5) f, (6) d, (7) j, (8) c, (9) b, (10) g.

November Puzzle

Find and circle the twenty-two words in the letter block pertaining to the month of November. The words read up, down, forward, backward, and diagonally.

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autumn

God

potatoes

bird

gourds

princess

blessing

hunt

pumpkins

corn

milk

ship

fish

November

survival

friends

pie

Thanksgiving

giblet gravy

Plymouth

turkey

 

Pocahontas

 

Track Down the Lion

Pretend you’re a wildlife photographer trying to get a picture of this lion. Start tracking it at the arrow at the bottom of the maze.

Bookworm

Make this handy bookworm from scraps of two- or three-ply yarn, a 1″ (2.5 cm) shank button, glue, and construction paper.

  1. 1.

    Cut four 2′ (.6 m) lengths of yarn from three different colors and two 5″ (12.5 cm) lengths of any of the three colors.

  2. 2.

    Double one shorter piece of yarn, and thread through button shank. Line up longer pieces of yarn evenly, keeping same colors together. Using yarn in button, tie longer pieces of yarn firmly around the middle.

  3. 3.

    Separate longer yarn by color into three groups. Braid (see diagram) until about 2″ (5 cm) of each color remain. Tie second shorter piece of yarn around bookworm where braiding stops. Trim, leaving 1″ (2.5 cm) fringe.

  4. 4.

    Cut out tiny eyes, nose, and mouth from construction paper, and glue onto button.

Scrambled Mother Goose Rhymes

Each line below is the scrambled first line of a Mother Goose rhyme. Can you unscramble each line and read it correctly?

  1. 1.

    phmuty ymtudp tsa no a lalw

  2. 2.

    kirchoy, iyrockd, cokd, hte usoem nar pu eth cclko

  3. 3.

    cajk dna ljil tnew pu eht lilh

  4. 4.

    akjc, eb beniml, kjac, eb cqiku

  5. 5.

    llteti smis futmef tsa no a tefutf

  6. 6.

    leltti ob-epep sha slto reh ehspe

  7. 7.

    ymra dha a teltil mlba

  8. 8.

    dlo nkgi loce swa a rymer dol lsuo

  9. 9.

    crko-a-yeb, abyb, no hte retepto

  10. 10.

    ewe liwlei ikinew snur rgtohuh eht wtno

Answers:

(1) Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, (2) Hickory, dickory, dock, the mouse ran up the clock, (3) Jack and Jill went up the hill, (4) Jack, be nimble, Jack, be quick, (5) Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, (6) Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, (7) Mary had a little lamb, (8) Old King Cole was a merry old soul, (9) Rock-a-bye, baby, on the treetop, (10) Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town.

Journals and Histories

President Kimball has asked all members of the Church to write their personal histories and to keep journals. This crossword puzzle will help you become better acquainted with words relating to such activities.

Across

  1. 4.

    Record of an individual or family

  2. 5.

    Writing implement

  3. 7.

    Oral histories are recorded on this

  4. 9.

    Forebears

Down

  1. 1.

    Daily record of events

  2. 2.

    Put down words on paper

  3. 3.

    Book in which feelings, thoughts, and experiences are written

  4. 6.

    Chart showing generations of families

  5. 8.

    Relatives

Answers:

Across—(4) history, (5) pen, (7) tape, (9) ancestors. Down—(1) diary, (2) write, (3) journal, (6) pedigree, (8) kin.

Double Duty

Listed below are clues for several homographs (words that have the same spelling but differenct meanings and sometimes different pronunciations). Write your answers in the blanks provided.

Example: King or measuring stick: ruler

  1. 1.

    Flying mammal or implement used for hitting a ball __ __ __

  2. 2.

    Telephone signal or piece of jewelry __ __ __ __

  3. 3.

    Celebrity or heavenly body __ __ __ __

  4. 4.

    Tropical tree or part of hand __ __ __ __

  5. 5.

    Tall tale or materials used by knitters __ __ __ __

  6. 6.

    Hand gesture or ocean swell __ __ __ __

  7. 7.

    Tuft of hair or what a key opens __ __ __ __

  8. 8.

    Round object or formal dance __ __ __ __

Answers:

(1) bat, (2) ring, (3) star, (4) palm, (5) yarn, (6) wave, (7) lock, (8) ball.