Funstuf

By Laura Sargent


Artist at Work

Find these things that might be found in an artist’s studio by reading forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally: canvas, chalk, charcoal, clay, crayons, easel, glue, ink, oil paints, paintbrush, pencils, scissors, sketch pad, smock.

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Water-Driven Merry-Go-Round

To make this merry-go-round, you will need: empty milk carton, scissors, plain contact paper, crayons, large nail, two 15″ (38 cm) pieces of cord or strong string, and water faucet (use bathtub or laundry tub or outdoor faucet where it’s OK to splash a bit).

Water-Driven Merry-Go-Round
  1. 1.

    Cut off top of carton about 1/4″ (6 mm) above base of slope (see illustration).

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    Cover sides with contact paper, then use crayons to decorate.

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    Carefully punch 2 nail holes at top of carton and 12 at bottom, exactly where shown in illustration.

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    Thread cord through top holes, and knot ends together.

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    Tie one end of second string to knot in first string.

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    Dangle carton by other end of second string and hold under running faucet.

Across and Down

Fill in the blank squares to create words that read the same from left to right and from top to bottom.

Across and Down
  1. 1.

    Opposite of rise

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    Space found by multiplying length times width

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    Containing little or no fat

  4. 4.

    Go ashore

Answers:

(1) fall, (2) area, (3) lean, (4) land

Tulip Country

Across

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    Large river in The Netherlands

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    Device for keeping water off land

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    Ridge of windblown sand

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    Structure that holds back seawater (alternate spelling)

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    Official name for Holland (with The)

  6. 14.

    Dutch engineers get farmland from the __________

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    Cover land with water

  8. 16.

    Large seagoing vessel

  9. 17.

    Inland waterways

Down

  1. 1.

    Painting is one kind of __________

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    Popular wheeled vehicle in The Netherlands

  3. 3.

    Beatrix is ___________ of The Netherlands

  4. 5.

    What tulips sprout from

  5. 6.

    Famous Dutch painter, Jan ____________

  6. 8.

    Rotterdam is the largest _____________ in The Netherlands

  7. 11.

    Rembrandt’s birthplace

  8. 13.

    Major agricultural industry in The Netherlands

Answers:

Across—(4) Rhine, (7) pump, (9) dune, (10) dyke (dike), (12) Netherlands, (14) sea, (15) flood, (16) ship, (17) canals Down—(1) art, (2) bicycle, (3) queen, (5) bulbs, (6) Vermeer, (8) port, (11) Leiden, (13) dairy

Speech-ustrations

Here is what your pet might look like if you had a pet peeve. Now you illustrate these figures of speech: a budding genius, (holding) a grudge, a passing fancy, (being left in) the lurch, a bad egg. What others can you think of?

Speech-ustrations

Joseph in Egypt

Complete the sentences by unscrambling the jumbled words in this condensed story of Joseph in Egypt. (See Gen. 39–49.)

  1. 1.

    Potiphar bought Joseph, who had been made a VLASE.

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    He soon put SOJEHP in charge of his servants and household.

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    Potiphar’s wife lusted after Joseph, but he resisted her advances and ran away, leaving her holding a piece of his ITONGLCH.

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    Showing the piece of Joseph’s raiment to her husband, Potiphar’s wife DLEI and said that Joseph had done evil with her.

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    Potiphar had Joseph put in SPONIR.

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    The prison EEERPK liked Joseph and put him in charge of the other prisoners.

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    Joseph interpreted MERDAS of the king’s butler and his baker, who were also in prison.

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    Two years later the king had a curious dream, and he couldn’t understand its meaning, so he NSTE for Joseph.

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    Joseph interpreted the dream and told the king that it meant that there would be seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of MIFEAN and that they should store food.

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    When Joseph was only thirty years old, the king made him LURRE over Egypt.

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    Joseph got married and had two NOSS, Ephraim and Manasseh.

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    When the famine came, people went to Joseph for DOFO because he had obeyed the Lord’s counsel to store any surplus.

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    Joseph’s father, Jacob, sent his ten oldest sons to Egypt to buy corn from Joseph, whom they didn’t GONREIZCE as their younger brother.

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    The brothers were held as spies, but Joseph finally released all but Simeon and allowed them to take food back to their families on the condition that they would return with their youngest brother, JAMEBNIN.

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    Jacob did not want Benjamin to go to Egypt because he was DAAIRF that he would lose his youngest son as he had lost Joseph. When they were almost out of food, however, he let his other sons take Benjamin with them.

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    After Joseph had feasted his brothers, he sent them on their way with food for their SLAFMIIE. However, he arranged things so that they would have to return; then he could reveal his true identity and tell them of the Lord’s plan to save their lives.

  17. 17.

    Joseph was happy that his father was still alive, and, after a tearful reunion, invited his entire family to live near him in PYTEG.

  18. 18.

    Jacob went there with all his family and possessions. He greeted Joseph with tears of affection and settled in the land of Goshen. When necessary, he traded land, flocks, and herds to RAPHHAO for food.

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    Shortly before Jacob died, he called his sons to them and gave them each a SEBGISLN.

Answers:

(1) slave, (2) Joseph, (3) clothing, (4) lied, (5) prison, (6) keeper, (7) dreams, (8) sent, (9) famine, (10) ruler, (11) sons, (12) food, (13) recognize, (14) Benjamin, (15) afraid, (16) families, (17) Egypt, (18) Pharaoh, (19) blessing.

Brothers

There are many Bible stories about brothers. Read these clues and see whether you can identify the brothers.

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    Abel brought an acceptable offering to the Lord, but his brother’s offering was rejected. Abel’s brother became angry and later killed Abel. What was Abel’s brother’s name? (See Gen. 4:3–8.)

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    Jacob’s wife Rachel had two sons. One of them, Joseph, became a ruler in Egypt. What was Joseph’s younger brother’s name? (See Gen. 35:24; Gen. 41:41.)

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    When God wanted Moses to appear before Pharaoh, Moses was reluctant to go. God finally said that He would send Moses’ brother with him. What was Moses’ brother’s name? (See Ex. 4:10–16.)

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    One time when Jesus spoke in a synagogue, the people were amazed at His wisdom because they knew Him only as the son of a poor carpenter. Then they mentioned the names of His four brothers. What were Jesus’ brothers’ names? (See Matt. 13:54–55.)

Answers:

(1) Cain, (2) Benjamin, (3) Aaron, (4) James, Joses, Simon, and Judas.

Exodus Maze

Help Moses lead the Israelites to the promised land.