For Little Friends

By Clare Mishica

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    Matt’s Orange Blob

    Be ye kind one to another (Eph. 4:32).

    “Today we’ll make pictures of our houses,” said Miss Greene, the teacher.

    “Yippee!” Everyone in kindergarten loved to paint. Matt carefully dipped the tip of his brush into the orange paint. Then he made a bright roof for his house. That’s when it happened—he knocked over the orange paint, and it splattered on his shirt.

    Matt looked down at the big orange blob. His mom wouldn’t like that. He didn’t like it either.

    “Would you like me to call your mother and ask her to bring you another shirt?” Miss Greene asked.

    “She’s shopping today,” Matt said, swallowing hard. He didn’t want to cry.

    “Then we’ll just have to do our best to clean you up,” Miss Greene smiled at him.

    A little later, Matt was sitting at his table, printing the alphabet. The spill had been wiped up, and his hands were scrubbed clean. But his shirt still had the orange blob on it.

    “That looks like a pumpkin,” Lisa giggled, pointing at it.

    Matt tried to slouch so that it didn’t show.

    “We could call it your pumpkin shirt,” Bill said.

    “No you can’t,” said Matt, his ears turning pink.

    Everyone started working again, but Matt’s pencil kept slipping, His letters looked all squiggly.

    The recess bell rang, and everyone lined up to go outside. Usually Matt hurried to the front of the line, but not today. He didn’t want to go outside and hear the kids laugh at his “pumpkin shirt.”

    “Hi,” said someone. Matt looked up.

    Albert stood beside him. Albert was probably the quietest kid in the class. Matt had never played games with him. He’d never even thought about asking Albert to play.

    Albert dropped a blue sweater on the table. “Here, you can wear that over your shirt today. My mom always makes me take a sweater, but it’s warm enough today without it.”

    Matt slipped the sweater on. The sleeves were still warm from Albert’s arms. He slowly buttoned it up. It covered up the orange blob perfectly. “Thanks!” Matt smiled at Albert.

    Albert nodded and went to go outside.

    “Wait,” Matt said. “Do you want to play catch with me? I brought my ball.”

    Albert grinned. “I sure do!”

    Matt grinned back. He still didn’t like the orange blob on his shirt, but he did like the new friend he had found.

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black

    Is It a Giggle?

    There’s a honk in a goose
    And a moo in a cow,
    A peep in a bird
    And an oink in a sow.
    There’s a blub in a fish
    And a croak in a frog.
    A growl in a bear
    And a bark in a dog.
    There’s a hoot in an owl
    And a hiss in a snake,
    And a mew is the sound
    A kitten can make;
    There’s a chirp in a cricket.
    A buzz in a bee,
    And porpoises laugh
    As they swim through the sea.
    There’s something in you!
    What could it be?
    Let’s tickle your toes
    And then we shall see!

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black

    Snack Sculptures

    1 package (3 ounces/85 g) cream cheese, softened

    3 tablespoons sour cream

    1/4 cup dried onion soup mix

    assorted snack foods, such as pretzel sticks, crackers, ruffled potato chips, puffed cereal, sunflower seed, raisins

    1. 1.

      Blend the cream cheese, sour cream, and soup mix together.

    2. 2.

      Use the mixture to “glue” together the snack food into art you can eat!

    Call-for-Help Card

    For a family home evening activity, fill out this card and have a family discussion on how and when to use it. Then cut it out, mount it on lightweight cardboard, and put it by your phone.

    CALL-FOR-HELP CARD

    EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: 911

    My name: _________________________________

    My phone number: ________________________________

    My address: ____________________________________________________________________

    Dad’s phone number at work: ____________________________________________________________________

    Mom’s phone number at work: ____________________________________________________________________

    Neighbors I can call for help:

    _______________________________ (name)

    phone number: ____________________

    _______________________________ (name)

    phone number: ____________________

    Nearest Relative:

    _______________________________ (name)

    phone number: ____________________

    Doctors:________________________ (names)

    phone number: ____________________

    _______________________________

    phone number: ____________________