For Little Friends

Written by Lori Wenerstrom

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    Puppet Christmas Pageant

    Christ, the Savior, is born! (Hymns, no. 204)

    Your family can present its own Nativity pageant, using stick or finger puppets. As a parent or older brother or sister reads the verses of scripture, you can use the puppets to act out the story. You can even present the pageant all by yourself by simply telling the Christmas story in your own words.


    1. 1.

      Mount these two pages on cardboard or heavy paper.

    2. 2.

      Cut out the figures, including the sun and the star.

    3. 3.

      Make either stick puppets or finger puppets. For stick puppets, glue a Popsicle stick or a tongue depressor to the back of each figure. Allow the glue to dry.

    4. 4.

      For finger puppets, cut 12 strips of paper about an inch (2.5 cm) wide, and long enough to loop once around your largest finger (not your thumb) like a ring. Glue the two ends of each strip to the back of one of the figures, forming a loop for your finger (see illustration). Allow the glue to dry.


    [illustrations] Illustrated by Lori Wenerstrom

    [illustrations] Shepherd; Mary and Baby Jesus; Joseph; Wise Men; Samuel the Lamanite; Star; Sun; Wise Man; King Herod; Nephi; Angel; Shepherd

    Old Friends

    In a hurry Christmas morning
    For presents wrapped in red,
    I pushed aside my old rag doll,
    And she fell out of bed.
    Rag dolly’s arm was mended,
    And her clothes were out of style,
    But she lay waiting patiently
    And smiled her faded smile.
    My brand new doll with golden curls
    And pretty painted face
    Sat ’neath the tree that Christmas morn,
    All dressed in silk and lace.
    I combed her hair and changed her clothes;
    I carried her all day
    And showed her off to all my friends—
    What fun we had at play!
    But when my mom came in that night
    To listen to my prayers,
    Rag dolly was in bed with me,
    My new doll on a chair.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

    Gumdrop Mouse

    For each mouse, you will need: scissors, a licorice whip, a large gumdrop, and two chocolate chips.

    1. 1.

      Cut the licorice whip into a tail-length piece and stick it into the flat side of the gumdrop.

    2. 2.

      Push the chocolate chips into the pointed end of the gumdrop for eyes (see illustration).

    Christmas Card Bookmarks

    For each bookmark, you will need: scissors, a Christmas card, a hole punch, and a 16″ to 24″ (40 cm to 62 cm) length of red or green yarn.

    1. 1.

      Cut out a picture or strip from the Christmas card.

    2. 2.

      Punch a hole at the top of the picture or the strip.

    3. 3.

      Double the yarn, then double it again and cut the single loop (where the two ends are). Push the double-loop through the hole in the bookmark, then thread the cut ends through the loop and pull them to make a tassel (see illustration).

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      Make several bookmarks and give to relatives, friends, teachers, or anyone else you like.