Funstuf

By Shauna Mooney Kawasaki


Queen Esther

Queen Esther’s efforts to save the Jews in Susa might mean her death. Decode the message below to find out what Esther decided. Then read Esther 4–8:8 [Esth. 4–8:8] to learn more about what happened.

Old Testament Gazette

Can you figure out which Bible-story people these headlines are about?

  1. 1.

    Man Sells Brother His Birthright for Bowl of Food (See Gen. 25:27–34.)

  2. 2.

    Older Brothers Sell Younger Brother for 20 Pieces of Silver (See Gen. 37.)

  3. 3.

    Pharaoh’s Daughter Rescues Baby from River (See Ex. 2:1–10.)

  4. 4.

    Boy Downs Enemy with Only a Slingshot (See 1 Sam. 17.)

  5. 5.

    Son of David Declared Wisest Man (See 1 Kgs. 10:1–9.)

  6. 6.

    Man Fed by Ravens Survives in Wilderness (See 1 Kgs. 17:1–9.)

Answers:

(1) Esau, (2) Joseph, (3) Moses, (4) David, (5) Solomon, (6)Elijah.

Elephant’s Teaser

Using the clues given, fill in the squares. Every answer uses only letters from the word elephant.

puzzle
  1. 1.

    Two-digit number

  2. 2.

    Opposite of early

  3. 3.

    Girl’s name

  4. 4.

    Dogs do this when hot

  5. 5.

    To assist someone

  6. 6.

    Friend, chum

  7. 7.

    Short sleep

  8. 8.

    Country lane

Answers:

(1) ten, (2) late, (3) Helen, (4) pant, (5) help, (6) pal, (7) nap, (8) path. Other answers are possible.

Word Wise

It’s fun to learn new words. Test your understanding of the following eight words by finishing each sentence correctly. Feel free to use the dictionary.

  1. 1.

    If you had a timbrel, you would

    1. a.

      pitch it.

    2. b.

      stitch it.

    3. c.

      play it in the band.

  2. 2.

    If you had an Appaloosa, you would

    1. a.

      slide it.

    2. b.

      ride it.

    3. c.

      make a pie with it.

  3. 3.

    If you had some piccalilli, you would

    1. a.

      beat it.

    2. b.

      eat it.

    3. c.

      take it for a walk.

  4. 4.

    If you had a mastiff, you would

    1. a.

      feed it.

    2. b.

      weed it.

    3. c.

      attach it to a boat.

  5. 5.

    If you had a heliotrope, you would

    1. a.

      blow it.

    2. b.

      grow it.

    3. c.

      take cough syrup for it.

  6. 6.

    If you had a gimlet, you would

    1. a.

      bake it.

    2. b.

      rake it.

    3. c.

      use it to bore little holes.

  7. 7.

    If you had some lentils, you would

    1. a.

      hook them.

    2. b.

      cook them.

    3. c.

      wear them only in winter.

  8. 8.

    If you had a dinghy, you would

    1. a.

      row it.

    2. b.

      hoe it.

    3. c.

      eat it with peanut butter.

Answers:

(1) c, (2) b, (3) b, (4) a, (5) b, (6) c, (7) b, (8) a.

Follow the Words

Follow the words through the maze to read a message from Heb. 13:5.

Answer:

“Be content with such things as ye have: for [the Lord] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Sizing Up

Number the following items in order of size, with 1 for the smallest and 8 for the largest.

  1. 1.

    Vermont

  2. 2.

    Pacific Ocean

  3. 3.

    Africa

  4. 4.

    Football field

  5. 5.

    Montana

  6. 6.

    Moon

  7. 7.

    Blue whale

  8. 8.

    Gobi Desert

Answers:

(1) blue whale, (2) football field, (3) Vermont, (4) Montana, (5) Gobi Desert, (6) Africa, (7) moon, (8) Pacific Ocean.