For Little Friends

By M. W. Verbica

Baby-Moses Action Rhyme

And I have a work for thee, Moses (Moses 1:6).
This is Baby Moses.
(Cradle arms as if holding a baby.)
Here’s his basket-boat.
(Cup hands into boatlike shape.)
His mother tucked him deep inside,
(Pull both fists up to cheeks as if pulling up a blanket.)
Then let the basket float.
(Make boat out of hands again, add rocking motion.)
Pharaoh’s daughter found him
(Spread fingers wide near eyes to indicate surprise.)
And raised him as her own;
(Pretend to pick up baby and hold him close.)
Then Moses chose to serve the Lord
(Fold arms as for prayer.)
And earned a heavenly throne.
(Look up and gesture heavenward.)

Winter Fun

Outside: Snow Painting

For each color, you will need: a package of a different-color fruit-drink mix (or food coloring), 4 cups water, and a clean, plastic spray bottle.

  1. 1.

    Pour the mix (do not add sugar) and the water into the bottle; shake well.

  2. 2.

    Go outside and paint! You might give a snowman rosy cheeks and a red shirt, paint a picture using the snow on the lawn as your piece of paper, play ticktacktoe, or whatever you like.

Inside: Snowless Snowman

To make a snowless snowman, you will need an old newspaper, 3–3 1/2 c. grated Ivory bar soap, 1/4–1/2 c. Ivory snow laundry detergent, a large bowl, water, and sewing scraps or other materials for decorations and features.

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    Spread lots of newspaper on the table so that you can easily clean up later.

  2. 2.

    Pour the grated soap and 1/4 cup laundry detergent into the bowl, add about 1/4 cup water and knead the mixture. Add detergent or water as needed until the mixture can be molded into a snowman that will hold its shape.

  3. 3.

    Decorate with button eyes, peppercorns, a scrap-felt hat, a toothpick walking-stick, or whatever you like.

Good Books for Little Friends

Lunch by Denise Fleming With illustrations created from homemade paper, we see a little mouse nibble and chomp its way through veggies and fruit of all the colors of the rainbow.

My “Everyday Book” by Erma Manwill White This first in the “Grandma Erma’s Stories” series has a tape with it that is narrated by Grandma Erma herself and that children can use to “read” to themselves. The book helps them obey their parents, share their toys, behave in stores and restaurants, and more. And it’s done with bouncy verse and appealing pictures. Available through Church outlets.

One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth Percy the park keeper loved animals, so when a big snowstorm came up, he was willing to share his bed. But soon there were so many in his bed that they all fell out. And there was a scary scratching noise under the floor … !

How Do Bears Sleep? by E. J. Bird “Now I’ve asked all my friends / But nobody knows / Just how a bear sleeps / When the winter wind blows.” This eighty-one-year-old author-illustrator says that he “still likes to watch bears.”

Snow Cream

1 can (12 ounces/340 g) evaporated milk

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

a big bowlful of snow

  1. 1.

    Mix the milk with the sugar and the vanilla.

  2. 2.

    Divide the mixture equally into small bowls, one for each person.

  3. 3.

    Stir snow into each bowl until the mixture is thick.

  4. 4.

    Eat right away!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Karen Foster