For Little Friends

By Eileen Ross


Grandma’s Valentine Visit

See that ye love one another (D&C 88:123).
  1. 1.

    On Saturday Stephanie was happy because her grandma had come to visit. They had fun making round cookies, square cookies, and heart-shaped cookies.

  2. 2.

    On Sunday Stephanie and Grandma bundled into warm coats, furry hats, and warm gloves. They walked to church together. Grandma liked the talk Stephanie gave in Primary.

  3. 3.

    On Monday Stephanie put on a puppet show for Grandma and Rex the cat. Grandma laughed and clapped her hands. Rex licked his paw and went to sleep.

  4. 4.

    On Tuesday Grandma and Stephanie rode the bus to town for lunch. Stephanie was happy to see a fancy toothpick in her chicken sandwich.

  5. 5.

    Wednesday was Valentine Day, but Stephanie was sad. Grandma was going home today. Grandma handed Stephanie a long white envelope.

  6. 6.

    Stephanie opened the envelope. It was empty! “It’s a hide-and-seek valentine,” Grandma explained. “If you look in the kitchen, the living room, and your bedroom, you will have a valentine.”

  7. 7.

    “What fun!” Stephanie began searching in the living room. First she looked on the couch; then she ran to the bookcase. There she found a piece of red paper with lace on its edge.

  8. 8.

    Next Stephanie went to the kitchen. She looked and looked but couldn’t find anything on the counters or table. Then she looked in the silverware drawer and found another piece of the valentine.

  9. 9.

    Stephanie ran to her bedroom. A piece of shiny red paper with lace was hiding under her pillow.

  10. 10.

    “Now put the pieces together,” suggested Grandma. Stephanie laid the pieces on her bed and made a lacy heart-shaped valentine.

  11. 11.

    “The best part is still missing,” said Grandma. She gave Stephanie a big hug and said, “I love you.”

To make your own hide-and-seek valentine, color a heart, cut out, mount on heavy paper, then cut into puzzle pieces. Hide the pieces in your house, and see if your special valentine can find them. Don’t forget to give him a hug and tell him that LOVE is the best part.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Taia Morley

New Snow

Everywhere white!
Wherever I go,
I’m the very first one
To walk in this snow.
Scuffle and shuffle
My shiny boots go,
Plowing a road
Through the fuzzy new snow!

[illustration] Illustrated by Taia Morley

Skiing Snowman

3 large marshmallows

2 toothpicks

3 pretzel sticks

tiny pieces of black licorice lace or other very small candies

peanut butter

2 flat, narrow carrot sticks

small candy or paper heart

  1. 1.

    Stack three marshmallows to form snowman; hold it together with toothpicks.

  2. 2.

    Push one pretzel stick through top of middle marshmallow to form arms.

  3. 3.

    To make snowman’s face and buttons, press licorice into marshmallows, or stick tiny candies on with peanut butter.

  4. 4.

    Place snowman on carrot skis.

  5. 5.

    Lean remaining pretzel sticks against snowman’s arms for ski poles.

  6. 6.

    Stick on heart with peanut butter.

Jacob and Esau Matchup

After reading the story of “Jacob and Esau” on pages 27–29, draw a line from each symbol to the correct twin. Optional: Remove this page from the magazine, and mount it on heavy paper; then cut out the twins and symbols and use them to retell the story.

Jacob and Esau(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Taia Morley