For Little Friends

By Lois Rickels Harbert

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    I will give you rain in due season (Lev. 26:4).

    “I love puddles,” Alice said. “Here, Puppy,” she called. “Let’s play outside in the puddles.”

    Alice showed Puppy her rainy-day toy box. “First we’ll play with things that float,” she told Puppy. Alice floated a red rubber band, a blue feather, and a lollipop stick in the puddle. She and Puppy played with the floating things for a long time.

    “Now let’s play with things that sink,” Alice said. She took out of her rainy-day toy box a heavy yellow button, a green marble, and a gold key. Alice and Puppy played for a long time with the things that sink.

    “Now let’s splash in the puddles,” Alice said to Puppy. Alice and Puppy jumped and splashed in the big puddles. Alice made footprints on the sidewalk. Puppy made paw prints on the sidewalk.

    Puppy barked because he was so happy. Alice sang a happy rainy-day song:

    “I love raindrops
    When they fall
    Against my windowpane,
    Because I know that
    Soon there’ll be
    Puddles from the rain.”

    Alice and Puppy were very tired at bedtime. But before Alice went to sleep, she knelt beside her bed to say her prayers. “Thank you, Heavenly Father, for sending raindrops,” she whispered. “And thank you for puddles and for Puppy too.”

    [illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

    April Fool Hat

    To make each hat, you will need: a paper plate; scissors; yarn; a paper sack; colored construction paper, old magazines, and/or crayons; and glue.

    1. 1.

      With an older person’s help, cut a hole in the center of the paper plate so that it will fit on your head.

    2. 2.

      Make a small hole on each side of the paper plate. Cut two pieces of yarn long enough to tie under your chin (see illustration). Thread the pieces of yarn through the holes on each side, and tie them in place.

    3. 3.

      Decorate the sack by cutting out shapes from construction paper, by coloring, and/or by attaching pictures cut from magazines (see illustrations).

    4. 4.

      Cut slits in the corners of the top of the paper sack, and glue it to the paper plate.

    Coconut Rabbit

    To make each rabbit, you will need: waxed paper, whipped cream, coconut, and four small jelly beans.

    1. 1.

      Drop two large, rounded tablespoonfuls of whipped cream, just touching each other, onto the waxed paper. Shape two dabs of whipped cream on top for the ears (see illustration).

    2. 2.

      Sprinkle coconut over the rabbit, and gently press it into the whipped cream.

    3. 3.

      Add jelly-bean eyes and buttons.

    4. 4.

      Freeze overnight.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney