The Best Surprise

The glory of children are their fathers (Prov. 17:6).

Lucy was happy whenever Daddy was home. But she was sad when he had to go on business trips. When he came home, though, he always had a surprise for Lucy in his suitcase.

Once the surprise was a doll from Mexico with a red ruffled dress and a tiny red rose in its hair.

Once the surprise was a white fan with a pretty design from Japan. It folded and unfolded with a click.

Another time the surprise was a paper lei from Hawaii. Daddy said, “A lei means ‘hello’ and ‘good-bye’ and ‘I love you.’”

On his next trip, Daddy brought Lucy a shell from the ocean. It was chalky white and pink on the outside. The inside flashed bright green and purple when she turned it. “Put it next to your ear,” Daddy said, “and it will sound like the ocean.”

One day Daddy came home from a trip with two surprises. The first one was a tiny blue box to put things in. But the other surprise was even nicer: “I’m not going on any more trips,” Daddy said. “I’ll be here every night from now on.”

Lucy clapped her hands. “Hurray!” she shouted. “That’s the best surprise of all!”

Turkey Dessert

1 large scoop ice cream

1 maraschino cherry, halved

1 piece of banana

1 large, round cookie

syrup (optional)

toothpicks, 1 broken in half

Follow illustration to create turkey (use toothpick halves to attach wattles to head).

Turkey Napkin Holder

To make napkin holder, you will need: heavy paper or lightweight cardboard; scissors; glue; paper-towel tube, 2″ (5 cm) long; colored paper; and 2 napkins.

  1. 1.

    Mount turkey body on heavy paper, then cut out.

  2. 2.

    Cover tube with colored paper, and tuck in or glue.

  3. 3.

    Glue turkey body to tube.

  4. 4.

    Accordion-fold napkins, insert into tube, and fan out tops.

My Circus

I turn my wagon wrong side up
And spin the wheels by hand
And advertise with whispered song:
“Come see my popcorn stand.”
Gathered acorns are my kernels;
The squirrels buy my wares.
Then we sit down to watch the show:
The wild, white, dancing hares.

Paper Marionette

To make marionette, you will need: lightweight cardboard, glue, crayons or colored markers, scissors, paper punch, 6 brass fasteners, 3 short pieces and 1 long piece of string, and someone older to make small holes.

Paper Marionette(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Julie F. Young

  1. 1.

    Mount page on cardboard.

  2. 2.

    Color each piece.

  3. 3.

    Cut out pieces.

  4. 4.

    Use paper punch to make large holes where shown.

  5. 5.

    Ask older person to make small holes where shown.

  6. 6.

    Attach arms and legs with brass fasteners as shown.

  7. 7.

    Tie 1 short string between arms, 1 short string between legs, and 1 short string to head (see diagram).

  8. 8.

    Tie one end of long string to middle of arm string. Then, where it reaches legs, tie it to leg string (see diagram). Let remainder of long string dangle.

To make marionette dance, hold head string and gently tug at long string.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young