For Little Friends

By Ronia Kahan Davidson


My Dad, the Captain

Honour thy father (Ex. 20:12).
  1. 1.

    My dad is the captain of a tugboat.

  2. 2.

    He wears a uniform and a hat.

  3. 3.

    Sometimes he takes me with him on his tugboat.

  4. 4.

    We see many kinds of boats in the harbor—freighters … carriers … submarines … ships.

  5. 5.

    But my favorite boat is my dad’s tugboat.

  6. 6.

    It is a very important boat. It pulls big ships out of the harbor.

  7. 7.

    It pulls big ships into the harbor, and guides them safely to the pier to land.

  8. 8.

    When I grow up, I want to be the captain of a tugboat, just like my dad!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

Cucumber Tuna Boats

3 medium cucumbers

1 (6 1/2 ounces/184 g) can of water-packed tuna, drained and chilled

2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/3 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

  1. 1.

    Have an adult cut each cucumber in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and throw them away.

  2. 2.

    Drain the cucumbers, cut-side down, on paper towels.

  3. 3.

    Combine remaining ingredients, and spoon into the cucumber boats and serve.

Father’s Day Picture Cube

To make this Father’s Day gift, you will need: a small box (about 4″/10 cm square) with a lid; six pieces of heavy paper cut the same size as the sides, top, and bottom of the box; glue; crayons or markers; seam binding or 1/2″ (1.25 cm) strips of construction paper (optional).

  1. 1.

    On the pieces of paper, color pictures of things you like to do with your dad, things your dad enjoys doing, or things you are thankful your dad does.

  2. 2.

    Glue one drawing on the outside of each side of the box, the lid, and the bottom of the box.

  3. 3.

    Glue the seam binding or construction paper strips over the corners of the box, if desired.

  4. 4.

    Give the box to your dad to hold things, or fill the box with gravel or grain so he can use it as a paperweight.

Little Green Fish

For this finger play, put the palms and fingers of your hands together to make a fish. Keep them together throughout the finger play.

1. Little green fish swimming along.
(sway hands back and forth)
2. Bubbling out fishy songs,
(open and close fingers to form mouth)
3. Circling round stalky reeds,
(move hands in a circular motion)
4. Nibbling on fresh green seaweed.
(open and close fingers to form mouth)
5. Gaily jumping through the waves,
(move hands up and down)
6. Carefully swimming into dark caves—
(bring hands close to body and slowly move them away from you)
7. Quickly, dive into a hole!
(bend until hands are near floor)
8. Watch out for the squid below.
(move hands to peek from side to side)
9. Swim fast toward the distant shore,
(stand up and rapidly move hands in swimming motion)
10. Then go to sleep on the sandy floor.
(tilt hands sideways and gently sway them)

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki