For Little Friends

By Carol Grimes


When I Am Quiet

The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof (Ps. 24:1)
When I am quiet and close my eyes,
I can hear
Butterflies talking to the bees,
Orange leaves falling from the trees,
Flowers bending with the breeze.
When I am quiet and close my eyes,
I can hear
Caterpillars climbing up a pole,
Rabbits hopping in a hole,
Ice cream melting in a bowl.
When I am quiet and close my eyes,
I can hear
Tiny stars twinkling in the sky,
Baby birds beginning to fly,
Raindrops left in the sun to dry.
When I am quiet and close my eyes,
I can hear
Goldfish swimming in a brook,
Children looking at a book,
Mittens hanging on a hook.
When I am quiet and close my eyes,
I can hear
A little boy thinking of jam and bread,
A little girl dreaming of ribbons of red,
A puppy sleeping in his soft, warm bed.
When I am quiet and close my eyes, …
Music, When I Am Quiet(click to view larger)

Color this page after you read “When I am Quiet.” (Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki.)

Marshmallow Animals

To make these animals, you will need: miniature marshmallows, regular marshmallows, toothpicks, raisins, maraschino cherries, toasted oat cereal, frosting, and scissors.

Make an animal parade, a pet shop, a zoo, or a farm that’s good to eat! Form marshmallows into different animals and hold them together with toothpicks. Use raisins for eyes, pieces of maraschino cherry for mouths, and cereal for tails. Attach eyes and mouths with frosting.

Rabbit: Use a regular marshmallow for the body and a miniature marshmallow for the tail. Cut a regular marshmallow in half and use one half for the head. Cut the other half in half again for the ears.

Dog: Use a regular marshmallow for the body. Stick four toothpicks into the body for legs and put a miniature marshmallow on each toothpick for the feet. Cut a regular marshmallow in half and use one of the halves for the head. Cut the remaining half in half and use one half for the tail. Take the last piece, cut it in half again, and use it for the ears.

Mouse: Use a regular marshmallow for the mouse and two miniature marshmallows for the ears. Slide cereal on a toothpick for the tail.

Worm: Push six miniature marshmallows onto a toothpick.

Sitting Bear: Use two regular marshmallows for the body and the head, and seven miniature marshmallows for the ears, feet, and tail.

Silly Toss Game

  1. 1.

    Use a small, soft ball, or crumple a piece of newspaper into a ball.

  2. 2.

    Toss the ball to someone. When the ball is caught, the catcher makes a silly face. Then all the other players make the same face.

  3. 3.

    The catcher tosses the ball to someone else, and the procedure is repeated.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki