Ball with Streamers

To make the ball, you will need: scissors; an old, thick sock with a ribbed top; and several ribbons in different widths, lengths, and colors.

  1. 1.

    Cut off the ribbed top of the sock just below the heel.

  2. 2.

    Cut the top into smaller pieces and stuff them into the toe of the sock.

  3. 3.

    Tie pieces of ribbon just above the stuffing (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    Throw your ball in the air and watch the ribbon streamers flutter.

[photo] Photo by Welden Andersen

St. Paddy’s Minty Milk

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon mint flavoring

green food coloring

Mix the milk and flavoring together, then stir in the desired amount of coloring.

[photo] Photo by Welden Andersen

Good Books for Little Friends

Animals in the Snow by Margaret Wise Brown Child-pleasing illustrations by Carol Schwartz and repetition of words help make this simple coming-of-spring story by a well-loved children’s author truly a delight.

The Shepherd Boy by Kristine L. Franklin Ben is the shepherd boy. He is young; he is a Navajo. When school is out, he takes fifty sheep to a secret spring each day. One evening he must race against nightfall to find a lamb “small and lost but not afraid, for she knows the voice of the shepherd boy.”

A Quiet Night In by Jill Murphy Mrs. Large got the four little Larges ready for bed early so that she and Mr. Large could celebrate his birthday with a quiet night in. When he came home from work, all the little Larges asked was that he read them a story. But he fell asleep in the middle of it—and Mrs. Large fell asleep while trying to finish it for them. So the little Larges very quietly put themselves to bed!

Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston Amber was lonely on the mountain where she lived with her parents. She didn’t even have books to keep her company because there was no one to teach her to read. Then Anna, a road-builder’s daughter, did. But the road was finished before Anna could teach Amber to write, and she desperately wanted to write to the only friend she’d ever had.

Three Cheers for Tacky by Helen Lester Tacky was different. He didn’t exactly louse everything up, but he didn’t do things like the other penguins. He tried hard, and he finally did the cheer right—before the contest. He couldn’t do it for the contest, though, and that turned out to be a good thing! The hilarious pictures are just right.

A Secret No More

(A poem with a picture for you to color)
The crocus told the robin.
Robin chirped it to the tree.
It bent its still-bare branches down
And whispered it to me.
So now I run and skip and hop,
And whistle, hum, and sing,
And spread the secret all about—
That nearly here is SPRING!

[illustration] Illustrated by Mark Robison

My Story of Jesus

Instructions: Carefully remove pages 18 and 19 from the magazine and mount them on lightweight cardboard. Cut out each booklet page and punch the holes where indicated. (Optional: cover with clear, self-sticking paper, or put into plastic sandwich bags.) Put the pages in order with the title page on top. (Note: in the April 1999 Friend, additional pages will be available to complete the book.) Secure the book together with yarn or metal rings. Use this book to tell the story of Jesus to yourself or to your family.

Story book(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Jerry Harston

My Story of Jesus For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

1 In the beginning, Jesus Christ created the heavens, the world, and everything in it, as Heavenly Father asked Him to.

2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

3 He visited the temple when He was twelve years old.

4 Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan.

5 Then He taught the people.

6 Jesus healed the sick.

7 He cleared the temple of wicked men.