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You don’t have to push a handcart, leave your fam’ly dear, or walk a thousand miles or more to be a pioneer! (Children’s Songbook, 218–19.)

Pioneer Trip

(Based on an experience from the author’s family)

One summer my mom and dad packed our car for a long trip. “Where are we going?” I asked. “Are we going to the beach?” “No,” said Dad. “Are we going to Grandma’s house?” “No,” said Mom. “Are we going to the mountains?” I asked. “Yes,” said Mom. “But we are not going to just any mountains. We are going to follow the pioneers’ trail to the Rocky Mountains.” “Oh,” I said. I remembered singing about pioneers in Primary, but I never thought I would get to see where the pioneers once walked. Dad drove for a long time. We saw the temple in Kirtland, Ohio. We saw the temple in Nauvoo, Illinois. We saw where the pioneers crossed the Mississippi River in their wagons. Then Dad drove our car across the plains. The sun was hot. I was glad I could ride in a car and not a wagon. “It must have been hard to be a pioneer,” I said as we arrived at the Salt Lake Temple. “It was,” Dad agreed. “But the pioneers knew it was important to follow the prophet.” “I guess that makes me a pioneer, too!” I declared. Mom smiled and gave me a hug.

Lori Mortensen is a member of the Cameron Park Ward, El Dorado California Stake.

Garden Chase

Help the butterfly get away from the bird by following the unbroken line to the arrow.

Animal Riddles

My tail is curly.
I eat and grow big.
I root and grunt.
I am a ___ ___ ___ .
I play with a ball
Like an acrobat.
I’m soft and furry.
I am a ___ ___ ___ .
When days are warm,
I sit in a bog.
When I sing, I croak.
I am a ___ ___ ___ ___ .
I’m big like a ship,
But I do not sail.
I spout up a spray.
I am a ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ .


pig, cat, frog, whale.

Animal Snacks

For each snack, you will need: a celery stalk 3″ (4 cm) long, 1–2 tablespoons peanut butter, and an animal cracker.

  1. 1.

    Have an older person cut a thin slice off the rounded side of the celery stalk so it will lie flat.

  2. 2.

    Fill the celery stalk with peanut butter, then stand an animal cracker up in the peanut butter.

Pioneer Handcart

To make a handcart, you will need: scissors, ruler, an empty juice box (2 1/2″ x 4″ or 6 x 10 cm), a pen, two brass paper fasteners, two plastic lids 3″ (8 cm) in diameter, and a straw.

  1. 1.

    With an adult’s help, cut out one of the largest sides of the juice box leaving a 1/4″ (.6 cm) border (see illustration). Rinse the juice box and wipe dry.

    Pioneer Handcart

    Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

  2. 2.

    Using a pen, poke a hole in the middle of each long side of the juice box (see illustration). Then poke a hole in the middle of each plastic lid. Attach the plastic lid wheels to the juice box with the brass paper fasteners.

  3. 3.

    Poke a hole in the juice box 1 1/2″ (4 cm) from the straw hole (see illustration). Cut the straw 6″ (15 cm) long. Bend the straw 2″ (5 cm) from each end to crease. Place the ends of the straw in the holes.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki