For Little Friends

By Lori Stevens


Kelly’s Prayer

In Jesus’ name we humbly pray, O Father up above (Children’s Songbook, page 23).

“Daddy,” Kelly said, “Will you help me say a prayer?”

“Of course, I will,” Daddy said. “Do you remember how to start a prayer?”

“Yes,” said Kelly. “‘Dear Heavenly Father.’ Is that right?”

“That’s right,” Daddy told her. “Now, what comes next?”

“We thank Him for our blessings.”

“Right again!” Daddy said. “Then what?”

“We ask Him for the things that we need.”

“And how should we end our prayer?” Daddy asked.

“‘In the name of Jesus Christ, amen!’ “ Kelly said excitedly. “I remembered all by myself!”

“Yes, you did,” Daddy agreed. “Do you know what things you want to thank Heavenly Father for?”

“I’m thankful for you and Mommy, and Tony and Kimmy, and Grandma and Grandpa. And I’m thankful for my friends to play with.”

“Do you know what you want to ask Heavenly Father for?” Daddy asked.

“To help me to be safe when I’m playing, to be nicer to Tony and Kimmy, to not get angry, and to remember to pick up my toys.”

“I’ll be glad to help you pray, Kelly,” Daddy said, “but it sounds like you can do it all by yourself.”

Kelly smiled at Daddy. “Yes, I can! But will you pray with me, Daddy?”

“I’d be honored to,” he said.

Prayer Puppets

To make the puppets, you will need: crayons or colored markers, scissors, four pieces of white fabric big enough to cover your hand when your fingers are spread apart, a pencil, and glue.

  1. 1.

    Cut out the puppet faces above.

  2. 2.

    Put your hand down on a piece of fabric, spread apart your fingers, then draw a line around your hand as illustrated. It will look a little like half a mitten with two thumbs.

  3. 3.

    Cut out the half-mitten, place it on the second piece of fabric, and cut around it again. Repeat with the other two pieces of fabric.

  4. 4.

    Glue the round edges of two half-mittens together, but don’t glue the bottom edge! Repeat with the other two half-mittens. Now you have a pair of mittens. Let the glue dry.

  5. 5.

    Glue a colored puppet face at the top of each mitten (see illustration), and let the glue dry.

You can use your puppets to give this lesson about prayer:

What You Say

What You Do

Some people talk face to face.

Have the puppets bow to each other.

And when they can’t talk face to face, They sometimes talk on the telephone.

Move your thumbs to the ears of the puppets.

And when they can’t talk face to face Or talk on the telephone, They sometimes write letters

Have the puppets bow to each other again. Move your thumbs to the puppets’ ears. Move thumbs to imitate writing a letter.

But when we talk to Heavenly Father, We don’t talk face to face, Or on the telephone, Or write letters.

Have the puppets bow to each other. Move your thumbs to the puppets’ ears. Move thumbs to imitate writing a letter.

Instead, we pray. When we pray, we fold our arms And bow our heads.

Cross each thumb to touch the little finger on that same hand. Bow the head of each puppet.

“Mr. Everything”

He’s everything to our family.
Do you know who I’m speaking of?
He works for us, and teaches us,
And fills our home with love.
Earning and sharing,
And helping and caring—
“Mr. Everything”—
That’s my dad!

Fruit “Soup”

1 cup orange juice

1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1/2 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 banana, cut into bite-size pieces

3/4 cup berries—any kind, fresh or frozen-and-thawed (including the juice)

Gently stir everything together till well blended. Enjoy!

Good Books for Little Friends

Papa’s Bedtime Story by Mary Lee Donovan This mirror-in-a-mirror story in which each creature-papa tells the same bedtime story to his child, will delight children as well as help to settle them down to sleep.

The Garden in the City by Gerda Muller When Caroline and Ben’s family move to the city, they decide to each have a garden. They make a new friend, Luke, who has a garden too. Lots of good pictures and information on how to garden and where seeds come from, a recipe, a game, and a craft are included.

What Kind of Baby-Sitter Is This? by Dolores Johnson Kevin was sure this new baby-sitter would be like all the rest—“painting her toenails, talking on the telephone, and eating the good stuff in the refrigerator.” He begged his mother to take him with her, even though the sitter said that they’d be “just fine.” And they were—Lovey Pritchard was a very different kind of baby-sitter!

Mandy by Barbara Booth Mandy figured that if leaves made noise under her feet and when the wind blew them, branches must make loud noises—and that geese honked like cars. When she and Grandma walked through the woods, there were never any other people there—was it because it was too noisy? Though she can’t read people’s lips or signs or hear them coming up behind her when it’s dark, Mandy is courageous and goes into the woods one night to find something precious for her grandmother.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young