For Little Friends

By Lori Stevens

I’m Going to Primary

Now ev’ry week in Primary, children gather rev’rently To learn the gospel, sing and pray (Children’s Songbook, pages 256–257).
  1. 1.

    I am three years old. Today is my last day in nursery. Everyone in nursery listens to stories, sings, and plays. I will miss my teacher.

  2. 2.

    Next week I will go to “big” Primary. My new teacher’s name is Sister Gray. She has a pretty smile. I like her.

  3. 3.

    I have visited Primary. I had to be quiet, sit still, and listen. This is called reverence.

  4. 4.

    I sat with Sister Gray and sang songs. The older children were there, too. It was fun!

  5. 5.

    In nursery, I learned about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know They love me. I will learn more about Them in Primary.

  6. 6.

    I’m too big for nursery now. I’m glad I get to go to Primary and be a Sunbeam!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Taia Morley; God the Father and Jesus Christ by Del Parson


I hear the cold wind brush my nose.
(Put hand by ear, then brush nose with it.)
I feel the frost tickle my toes.
(Tickle top of shoes.)
I catch a snowflake in my mouth,
(Open mouth wide.)
See birds fly in flocks to the south.
(Put side of hand above eyes.)
I watch my breath float on the air,
(Look up and blow.)
Wear fuzzy frost curls in my hair.
(Pat hair.)
I build a snowman, round and tall,
(Clasp hands and form a circle with arms.)
Inspect the footprints near the wall.
(Look down.)
I make a snow fort, pack it hard,
(Make packing motions with hands.)
And jump in drifts in my front yard.
(Jump in place.)
I fly downhill on my fast sled,
(Make a quick swishing motion with hand.)
Or slide on our slippery walk, instead.
(Slide one foot.)

[illustration] Illustrated by Taia Morley

Silly Snowballs

For each snack, you will need: jam or peanut butter, a vanilla wafer, and four miniature marshmallows.

  1. 1.

    Spread the jam or peanut butter on the vanilla wafer.

  2. 2.

    Top it with four miniature marshmallows. Now enjoy!

Winter Sparkler

To make a winter decoration, you will need: a ruler; water; an empty margarine tub (or something similar); a small evergreen branch, leaf, or whatever you like; and a piece of string.

  1. 1.

    Pour about 1″ (2.5 cm) of water into the margarine tub.

  2. 2.

    Put in the piece of evergreen or the item of your choice.

  3. 3.

    Make a loop by tying the ends of the piece of string. Place the knotted end in the water, then drape the loop over the top of the tub (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    Carefully put the tub in the freezer. When the ice is frozen, run water on the bottom of the tub, and remove the ice.

  5. 5.

    Hang the ice sparkler outdoors where the sun can shine on it.

[illustration] Illustrated by Taia Morley

Good Books for Little Friends

Goody O’Grumpity by Carol Ryrie Brink When Goody O’Grumpity baked a cake, everyone, especially the children, hurried over to beg to lick the bowl. “And at last when the cake / was all golden and nice, / Goody took a great knife / and cut each a slice.” This easy-to-read story-poem is followed by an authentic seventeenth-century recipe that uses Goody’s ingredients.

Snowed In by Barbara M. Lucas Where do you live? What would you do if you were snowed in all winter? Grace and Luke live on a farm in Wyoming. This book tells what they did in the winter when they were snowed in—really snowed in! Easy to read.

Angelina Ice Skates by Katharine Holabird When Angelina and her friends were practicing for their New Year’s Eve ice show, a couple of hockey players bothered them—unintentionally at first, then by teasing. Angelina teased them the next day, and when they admired her skating, she asked them to be in her show. They said yes! It was a wonderful show with an ice castle and fireworks too!

Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders The Ward family was cold, even while wearing all their clothes. Betsy got her sockful of coins and bought eight sheep. Five of them died that first year, but even so, Betsy was able to make warm woolen clothes for her family. The pictures beautifully illustrate this history of a family’s struggle to live in an 1803 wilderness.

[photos] Photos by John Luke