For Little Friends

By Cynthia Rakes Bowden

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    I Can Send a Letter!

    Instructions: Complete this letter by drawing the pictures indicated. More pictures can be included on additional paper—for example: Primary, family night, playing with a sister or brother, swinging, eating treats, praying.

    Cut out the letter and send it to your grandparents, a missionary, a brother or sister living away from home, or anyone who might enjoy hearing from you!

    I haven’t learned to write just yet,
    As I am very small,
    But I can say “I love you”
    With the pictures that I draw!


    This is a picture of you.

    My family

    What I did today.

    Me helping Mom and Dad.

    My favorite color

    My pet, or the pet I wish I had.

    My favorite toy

    What makes me happy.

    “I love you!”

    From ME

    Jack-O’-Lantern Sandwiches

    1 cup mayonnaise

    3 tablespoons minced dill pickle

    1 tablespoon mustard

    16 slices pumpernickel bread

    1/4 pound (113 g) sliced American cheese

    1/4 pound (113 g) sliced ham

    1. 1.

      Stir the mayonnaise, pickle, and mustard together.

    2. 2.

      Cut circles out of the bread, cheese, and ham with a 4″ (10 cm) round cookie cutter.

    3. 3.

      Using a kitchen knife, cut the eyes, mouths, and noses in half the bread rounds.

    4. 4.

      Lightly spread the remaining bread rounds with the mayonnaise mixture.

    5. 5.

      Top with the ham and cheese rounds.

    6. 6.

      Put the bread faces on top. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

    Spooky Spider Races

    You will need: two black pom-poms, four small plastic eyes, eight 2″ (5 cm) pieces of black yarn, glue, two bendable straws.

    Tie four pieces of yarn in the middle with a knot. Glue a pom-pom to the center of the knot. Glue two eyes to the top front of the pom-pom. Repeat for the second spider, and set both aside to dry.

    For spider races, mark off Start and Finish lines on a smooth floor and put the spiders behind the starting line. Bend your straw so that the short piece is right behind your spider. Blow into the straw to make your spider move to the finish line. The spiders can also be used for team relay races.

    Some Fun

    I like the sounds of autumn leaves
    As they scud and scurry by.
    I like the mounds of autumn leaves
    As I pile them up so high.
    I like the fun of autumn leaves,
    For I like to tumble in,
    Then wiggle, squiggle, giggle out—
    And tumble in again!

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Pat Hoggan