God’s Creatures

Picture story(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Dick Brown

Reading the Scriptures(A page to color)

I love to read the holy scriptures,
And, ev’ry time I do,
I feel the Spirit start to grow within my heart—
A testimony that they’re true.

(Children’s Songbook, page 109.)

Coloring page(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Jerry Harston

In the Dark

It seems when Mom turns out the light
And it is time to say good night,
The scary noises all begin.
I pull my blanket to my chin.
The shadows in the maple tree
Decide to pay a call on me.
My harmless toys, the chairs, the drapes,
All seem to change to monster shapes.
Sometimes I call Mom back again.
She flips the night-light on, and then
My room once more is safe and bright.
I know I won’t be scared tonight.

[illustration] Illustrated by Jerry Harston

Squeeze Fudge

3 ounces (85 g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened to room temperature

1/3 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pound (.45 kg) powdered sugar

Place all the ingredients in a large, resealable plastic bag, then squeeze it and squish it until the fudge is creamy. Enjoy!

[photo] Photos by Welden Andersen and John Luke

Valentine Wreath

To make this wreath, you will need: a stiff paper plate, scissors, glue, a pencil, red construction paper, and a black crayon or marker.

  1. 1.

    Ask an older person to cut out the middle of the paper plate. The rim will form the wreath. (If the plate isn’t stiff, glue two plates together and let the glue dry before cutting out the middle.)

  2. 2.

    Cut out two different-size heart shapes from the middle of the paper plate. Using these shapes as a pattern, trace lots of hearts on the construction paper with a pencil.

  3. 3.

    Use the crayons or marker to write a message, or draw a picture on each heart, then cut it out and glue it onto your wreath.

  4. 4.

    Give the wreath to your favorite valentine.

[photo] Photos by Welden Andersen and John Luke

Good Books for Little Friends

Giving by Shirley Hughes The little girl and her family give each other many things. Once in a while a bad thing is given, like when her little brother gives the big castle she made out of blocks a big swipe. But mostly they’re good things, like presents and hugs.

Valentine by Carol Carrick While Heather is helping Grandmother bake valentine cookies, Clover the sheep has three babies. She could only take care of two of them, so Heather and Grandmother take care of the sickliest lamb, which they name Valentine, of course.

First Grade Valentines by Joanne Ryder The students in Mrs. Lee’s first-grade class love making valentines and celebrating with iced cookies. This easy-to-read book also has simple, clear instructions for making an origami bunny.

Will You Be My Valentine? by Steven Kroll Thomas is thrilled to get to make a valentine for Gretchen, and he works hard on it. She doesn’t seem to like him, though, and he almost throws it away. But all ends happily, and they choose to be each other’s valentine.