For Little Friends

By Linda Pratt


Stacy’s Prayer

Based on a true story
Let your requests be made known unto God (Philip. 4:6).
Picture story(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Brian Bean

Smiley O’Reilly

Almost every story you have ever heard is about someone being happy or sad. In some stories, people are happy, then sad, then happy. Or the story may be more complicated—like happy, sad, happy, very sad, very happy. During the story, a person may also be angry, worried, fearful, or full of laughter. Smiley O’Reilly is your story-telling pal. He can show all these feelings and more. Use him in family home evening or whenever someone is reading a scripture story to you.

You will need: scissors; ruler; wool or flannel fabric; glue; an 8 1/2″ x 11″ (22 cm x 28 cm) sheet of heavy paper; two buttons; and thick, soft yarn—one piece, 4 1/2″ (12 cm) long and two pieces 2″ (5 cm) long.

  1. 1.

    Cut out a circle of fabric about 8″ (20 cm) across.

  2. 2.

    Fray the fabric at the top of the circle by carefully pulling the threads. This is Smiley’s hair.

  3. 3.

    Glue the circle to the center of the paper.

  4. 4.

    Glue on the two buttons as eyes.

  5. 5.

    The shorter pieces of yarn are eyebrows. The longer piece is a mouth. Press them on to show the expression you want. Try making lots of different expressions to show how Smiley feels.

Smiley face

Illustrated by Brian Bean

The Lord’s Temple

With hand actions
1. I’ll prepare myself in every way
(Point to self with finger.)
2. To go to the Lord’s temple someday.
(Bring hands together, with index fingers forming a steeple.)
3. I’ll go to church to learn all I can
(Point to the side of the head.)
4. And read the scriptures to know His plan.
(Hold palms up to form an open book.)
5. I’ll pray to the Lord both night and day
(Arms folded as if in prayer.)
6. And watch my tongue in all that I say.
(Point to mouth.)
7. I’ll hold tight to the iron rod
(Hands holding imaginary rod.)
8. So I might enter the house of God.
(Bring hands together with index fingers raised to form a steeple.)

[illustrations] Illustrated by Brian Bean

Boat Salad

Big boats are called ships. Ask an older person to look up “Ship” in the Topical Guide to the Bible and read or tell you one of the stories referred to while you make your Boat Salad.

To make a Boat Salad, you will need: 1 package (3 ounces/85 g) blueberry gelatin, canned peach or canned apricot halves (drained), toothpicks, slices of stiff cheese, small pieces of lettuce.

  1. 1.

    Prepare the gelatin according to the package directions. Pour a small amount onto five salad plates and let set in the refrigerator. These are the lakes.

  2. 2.

    Place pieces of lettuce around each lake.

  3. 3.

    Set a peach or apricot half, cut-side-up, in the middle of each lake for the boat. Cut the cheese into small rectangles and thread a toothpick through each one for a sail. Place a sail in the center of each boat.

[illustration] Illustrated by Brian Bean