Listening Walk

Whenever I hear the song of a bird … , I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world Heav’nly Father created for me (Children’s Songbook, pages 228–229).
Picture story(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Mark Robison

Kitchen “Fireworks”

To make these “fireworks,” you will need: 2 cups of whole milk, a baking pan, food coloring, and dishwashing liquid.

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    Pour the milk into the baking pan.

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    Squirt different colors of food coloring around in different places in the milk (see photo).

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    Add a squirt of the dishwashing liquid, and watch the colors burst and swirl. Remember, these fireworks are for watching, not for eating!

We couldn’t capture this with a picture, but the color bursts are beautiful! The dishwashing liquid separates the fat in the milk from the rest of it and causes it to move. If it slows down, just add another squirt of dishwashing liquid.

[photo] Photo by Cindy Higham

Chocolate Ice Cream

1 cup heavy cream

1 can (16 ounces/454 g) chocolate syrup

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

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    Put all the ingredients except the nuts into a bowl; ask an older person to beat them with an eggbeater or a mixer at low speed until frothy and a little thicker.

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    Stir in the nuts (optional), pour the mixture into a shallow 1-quart (1-liter) casserole, and place in the freezer.

  3. 3.

    When the mixture is partially set but not yet frozen through (about 45 minutes), pour it back into the bowl and ask the older person to beat it again. (This helps make it smooth.)

  4. 4.

    Put it back into the freezer until it sets completely (about an hour more).

Good Books for Little Friends

Animal Parade by Jakki Wood Animals, birds, and creepy-crawlies (flying insects, too)—every letter of the alphabet is represented by at least two of these. And the art shows the creatures ambling, bounding, and cruising from each page to the next, including from right-hand to left-hand pages! An exceptional ABC (Animal Book for Children)!

Hello, Crow by Jeff Daniel Marion A quiet sort of book about a crow and about the boy’s greeting it—and every other crow he sees all the rest of his life—with “Hello, Crow.”

Three Names by Patricia MacLaughlan This story of a boy and his dog takes place about a hundred years ago on the prairie. It is a time of a one-room school, of an outhouse for boys and another for girls, and of potatoes baked in winter in the schoolhouse stove. The dog, Three Names, is allowed to stay at school with the boy.

Gwendolyn’s Gifts by Patty Sheehan Queen Gwendolyn was bored. Every time she said so, King Cornelius told her, “Perhaps you need a change, my dear,” and ordered something new to be made for her. Finally she took matters into her own hands and learned how to make things for herself, and she was never bored again. King Cornelius learned a lesson from her, and became a gourmet cook. Perhaps you need a change, too, my dear?


I can whistle with a whistle,
But I can’t whistle without.
My brother can.
He makes his mouth
Into a little spout.
He draws his breath up oh-so-deep
And pulls himself up tall
And blows a perfect whistle sound
With no whistle there at all.
I’d like to whistle with no whistle,
But I’ve tried,
And tried,
I wonder if my brother
Has a whistle built inside!

[illustration] Illustrated by Mark Robison