For Little Friends

By Pat Graham


Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come (D&C 1:12).

Home Teachers and Balloons

A True Story

Instructions: Remove these two pages from the magazine, glue them onto lightweight cardboard, and cut them out. Carefully poke holes in each picture where marked, assemble them in the proper order, and secure them with ribbon, yarn, or rings, to make a flip-story.

  1. 1.

    Last night our home teachers came for a visit. They shook hands with all my family, even me.

  2. 2.

    After everyone sat down, Brother Sorensen blew up a red balloon and handed it to me.

  3. 3.

    He counted, “One, two, three,” and said, “let go!” The air rushed out of the balloon, and it flipped and flopped all over the room.

  4. 4.

    I laughed when it landed on my brother’s head.

  5. 5.

    “Some of us are like the red balloon,” Brother Sorensen said. “We get excited about something and just flip and flop around, not knowing where we will end up.”

  6. 6.

    Then he handed one end of a piece of string to my sister. He pulled the string tight and threaded his end through a straw.

  7. 7.

    Next he told Brother Brown to blow up his blue balloon. Then Brother Sorensen carefully put a piece of tape over the straw and fastened it to the balloon.

  8. 8.

    Brother Brown let go of the blue balloon. Swoosh! It went straight down the string to my sister’s hand.

  9. 9.

    “When we prepare and know where we want to go, we can be like the blue balloon and go straight to our goal,” Brother Sorensen said. Then he asked, “Do you have any goals?”

  10. 10.

    My brother said, “I want to go on a mission.” My sister said, “I want to earn my Gospel in Action award.” And I said, “I want to be baptized when I’m eight years old.” We all said that we would rather be like the blue balloon and prepare for our goals now.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black

Paper Plate Snowman

To make a snowman, you will need: a stapler, glue, a small and a large white paper plate, scissors, black construction paper, a ruler, a small piece of orange paper, a 2″ x 26″ (5 cm x 66 cm) piece of fabric or ribbon, and two small twigs.

  1. 1.

    Staple or glue the edge of the small paper plate to the edge of the back side of the large paper plate (see illustration).

  2. 2.

    Have an older person cut from the black paper a hat rim 1 1/2″ x 7″ (4 cm x 18 cm) and a hat crown 3″ x 4″ (8 cm x 10 cm). Glue the two pieces together to make the hat. Staple or glue the hat to the top of the small paper plate (see illustration).

  3. 3.

    From orange paper, have the older person cut out a triangle nose; and from the black paper, two eyes, six tiny circles for the mouth, and three buttons. Glue in place (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    Tie the fabric or ribbon around the snowman’s “neck” for a muffler.

  5. 5.

    Staple or glue a twig on each side of the snowman for arms.

[photo] Photo by Lana Leishman

Good Books for Little Friends

Big Help! by Anna Grossnickle Hines What’s a guy to do when his little sister, insisting on “helping” him, wrecks all his projects? Sam is a kind brother, and he finds a way to solve his problem.

Oliver & Amanda and the Big Snow by Jean Van Leeuwen Oliver and Amanda—and sometimes Mom and Dad—have a great time building (and defending) a fort and a “snorp,” sledding and “saucering,” and playing “magic wand” games with icicles. Before all the fun, they help Dad shovel the walk. Easy to read.

Looking Down by Steve Jenkins This wordless book uses cut-paper collages to give you a view that starts in outer space and zooms closer and closer to earth, to a town, and finally to a ladybug being examined by a child through a magnifying glass.

A Bear for All Seasons by Diane Marcial Fuchs Just as Bear is dropping off to sleep for the winter, his friend Fox comes to visit. As Fox describes the joys of each season, that season is Bear’s favorite. Finally he says, “‘The company of a good friend is what I love best—no matter what the season!’” Delightful art.

I Hate Roland Roberts by Martina Selway That’s what Rosie says at the beginning of the book. What would make her change her mind?