For Little Friends

By Nancy Harding Groves

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    The Circle Game

    You are children of the most High (Ps. 82:6).

    “Mommy,” Marla called, frowning, “I’m hungry!”

    “Lunch isn’t ready yet, but while you wait, you can play a game,” said Mother.

    Marla’s frown vanished. “OK!”

    Mother picked up a ball of string, opened the back door, and said, “Follow me.”

    Marla skipped along beside her mother. The sun danced on Mother’s hair as they made a big circle with the string in the yard.

    “Inside this circle,” Mother explained, “are many wonders of God’s world. While I’m fixing lunch, I want you to count them.”

    Marla’s smile faded. “All I see is grass.”

    “Look carefully. Not all of God’s wonders are big,” Mother explained.

    Marla squatted inside the circle. She spied a purple violet blooming.

    Next, she discovered an acorn missed by the squirrels. The brown shell had cracked open, and a sprout was curling out of it. Marla gazed at the tall, leafy branches above her. Will this little sprout grow that big? she wondered.

    Nearby an earthworm poked its way through the earth, seeming to wave hello.

    Her eyes now saw tiny ants zigzagging through their grass jungle.

    When Mother returned, Marla proudly shared her discoveries with her.

    “What a good detective you are,” Mother praised her. “But I see one of God’s wonders that you missed—a very large one, compared to all these others.”

    “Where? Where?” Marla asked, looking around.

    “Why, you, of course!” Mother told her. “You’re the most special of God’s wonders in that circle to me.”

    [illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

    Mouse Tale

    A little furry gray field mouse
    Is living somewhere in our house.
    At night, when we are safe in bed,
    He nibbles on our cheese and bread.
    Last night I got up, oh so sly,
    And saw him eating apple pie.
    He glared at me as if to say,
    “I wish that you would go away!”
    Do you suppose that little mouse
    Thinks we are living in his house?

    Mouse Pencil

    To make a mouse pencil, you will need: gray construction paper, a pencil, a ruler, scissors, a black pen, and glue.

    1. 1.

      Cut a 3″ (8 cm) square from the gray paper.

    2. 2.

      Fold the square in half diagonally.

    3. 3.

      Trace the ears onto the gray paper, then cut them out and glue them in place. With the black pen, draw eyes and feet on both sides of the mouse (see illustration).

    4. 4.

      Place the pencil inside the mouse along the fold line. Make sure the eraser end sticks out for the mouse’s nose before gluing the pencil in place.

    Turkey Pinwheels

    1 large flour tortilla



    turkey slices

    American cheese slices

    1. 1.

      Spread the tortilla with mayonnaise, then top it with lettuce, turkey, and cheese.

    2. 2.

      Roll up the tortilla, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and chill it at least two hours.

    3. 3.

      Trim off any uneven ends. Slice it to make pinwheels.

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney


    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings you blessings. You and your family can play a game to help you remember some of these blessings.


    1. 1.

      Carefully remove this page from the magazine, mount it on heavy paper, and cut out the picture cards. Put the cards into a paper sack.

      Blessings(click to view larger)

      Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

    2. 2.

      Each player in turn takes a card from the sack, looks at the picture, and tells what blessing(s) the pictured item brings him. Keep taking turns until all the cards have been picked.