For Little Friends

By Tracy Bodily


His Little Lamb

Only he who does something helps others to live. To God each good work will be known. (Hymns, no. 223.)
Jesus is my shepherd,
His little lamb am I.
He knows me by my name;
I know that He’s close by.
I’ll follow Him in faith.
And to prove my loyalty,
I’ll obey all His commandments,
For I know that He loves me.

Jesus Christ is called the Good Shepherd because He shows us the way to be happy and He protects us and cares for us if we follow Him. When we do, we are His good lambs.

This little poem and finger puppet can help us celebrate His birthday by remembering Him and being more like Him in keeping the commandments and being kind to everyone.

The puppet could be given to someone as a gift, or you could learn the poem and say it for a family home evening lesson or Christmas program.

To make the finger puppet, you will need: glue, heavy paper or lightweight cardboard, scissors, a little bit of cotton, and a small bow (optional).

  1. 1.

    Glue the Lamb Front on the heavy paper and cut it out.

  2. 2.

    Cut out the Lamb Back and glue it on the back of the Lamb Front.

  3. 3.

    Cut out the circles to fit your fingers.

  4. 4.

    Glue the cotton on the lamb above its ears.

  5. 5.

    Glue the bow on top of the cotton (optional).

Put your fingers through the holes and make your lamb walk, run, climb, and play.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown

Grandpa’s Christmas Tree

Every December, Katie helped Grandpa decorate his Christmas tree.

First, they put string through their needles. Then they made long popcorn chains.

Next, Grandpa got some cranberries, and they made cranberry chains too.

After that, Katie helped him mix peanut butter and birdseed together. She made bumpy round balls with her hands.

“Now it’s time to decorate,” they told each other. They put on their coats, boots, hats, and mittens and went outside.

Katie brushed the snow from Grandpa’s fir tree. She helped him twirl their popcorn and cranberry chains around it. They hung the peanut-butter balls from lots of branches.

When they finished, they hurried inside.

“This is my favorite part,” Katie said as they peeked out the window and watched the birds come to eat the tasty decorations.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Sherry Haab

Paper Chains

To make these colorful chains to drape on your Christmas tree, across the room, or along stair railings, you will need: scissors, colored construction paper, a pencil, and a dab of glue.

  1. 1.

    Trace the pattern on this page and cut it out.

  2. 2.

    Fold each piece of construction paper in half, and trace the pattern onto it (as many times as you can), with the short, flat side on the fold (see top illustration).

  3. 3.

    Cut out each link of the chain, including the insides, unfold it, bend it slightly, slip it through the middle of another link, then refold it (see bottom illustration).

  4. 4.

    Glue together the edges opposite the fold of the last link.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown

Gift Book

To make this book for a family member or a friend, you will need: 2 pieces of lightweight cardboard, paper, photos or drawings of the person, glue, markers or crayons, a paper punch, and yarn or ribbon.

  1. 1.

    For the cover, put the person’s name on one piece of lightweight cardboard, then glue his/her picture below (or above) it—or draw a picture of something he/she would like.

  2. 2.

    Glue one photo (or a drawing of the person the book is for) on each page of the paper of your book and ask an older person to write what you want to say about it.

  3. 3.

    Stack the pages together in order, put the cover on top and the other piece of lightweight cardboard on the bottom, and ask an older person to punch holes on the left side.

  4. 4.

    Push the yarn or ribbon through the holes and tie the ends with a bow.

Note: Instead of using photos or drawings of the person, you might draw a picture of a scripture story on each page.

Good Books for Little Friends

First Snow by Kim Lewis Daddy was sick, so Mommy, Sara, Sara’s teddy bear, and the family’s two dogs went to feed the sheep. It started to snow, and Sara tried to catch some flakes while she helped Mommy spread hay. On the way home, she remembered her teddy bear. Mommy said that they couldn’t go back for it, but one of the dogs brought it. Lovely, lovely art!

Emily’s Snowball by Elizabeth Keown It was little—at first. Then others helped make it bigger: her older brother and sister, kids in the neighborhood, their parents, and the snowplow driver. After being studied and measured by teachers and scientists from the university, a big sign was put next to it: “Emily’s Snowball—the WORLD‘S BIGGEST.”

Night Tree by Eve Bunting On Christmas Eve, the family piles into the car and drives to their tree, a small pine in the forest. They decorate it with popcorn chains, tangerines, apples, and bread crumbs so that on Christmas Day, all the forest animals can enjoy a Christmas dinner of their own.

Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann New at school, Ruby copies everything Angela does. At first, Angela is flattered, but enough is enough! Then, thanks to an understanding teacher, Ruby is liked by her classmates for just being herself.