For Little Friends

By Lora Kinder


The Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:13–17) *

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:11).

To make armor, you will need: measuring tape, pencil, paper plates, lightweight cardboard, scissors, felt-tip pen(s), paper punch, stapler, brass fasteners or string, and short, narrow cardboard tube.

Note: Make all labels and decorations (such as stickers or homemade family crest) after items are cut and before they are stapled or tied.

Girdle of Truth

Measure child’s waist, then cut cardboard a bit longer so that it will overlap for fastening. Girdle can be straight or shaped (see illustration, photo). Punch hole at each end, and fasten at child’s waist in back with brass fastener or string.

Girdle of Truth

Breastplate of Righteousness

Measure child from front to back of shoulder, and cut two cardboard strips that length. Staple one end of each strip to front breastplate (paper plate) and other end to back one. Use string or additional strips to secure plates at child’s sides.

Breastplate of Righteousness

Shield of Faith

Cut two strips of cardboard long enough for child to slip hand and forearm under when strip is stapled to back (concave side) of paper plate or shield made from cardboard.

Shield of Faith

Sword of the Spirit

From cardboard, cut sword shape just a bit shorter than child’s arm length. Staple tube to hilt for stability.

Sword of the Spirit

Preparation-of-the-Gospel-of-Peace Shoes

Using paper plate for each shoe, cut U-shape in it big enough so that edges can be secured with brass fastener or string at back of child’s heel. Sides of plate will probably need to be trimmed.

Preparation-of-the-Gospel-of-Peace Shoes

Helmet of Salvation

Cut paper plate in half, leaving small piece in middle to fit over child’s nose. Measure, cut, and staple strip of cardboard to each side of helmet (or punch holes and use string) for band around back of child’s head.

Helmet of Salvation
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    Needs older person’s help

My Own Kite

Windy March days are kite-flying weather. Draw and color the kite that you would like to fly.

Unexpected Guests

One day I met at my front door
A beast they call the ELEPHORE.
His friend, a happy HIPPALONE,
Asked to use my telephone.
They tramped into my living room
And scared my pet BABOONATOON.
Their van was stuck—its tires were flat.
They needed help, so there they sat!
I called a tow truck right away
And begged, “Please come without delay!”
They were too large for my small house.
I feared they’d squash my MOUSALOUSE.
(He’s very shy and soft and small
And doesn’t like a crowd at all.)
The two of them took all the space.
I couldn’t sit—there was no place!
I served them quarts of lemonade
With sugar cookies I had made.
I feared they’d not leave through the door
Because they’d fall right through my floor!
The tow truck came at two that day.
The tires were changed; they sped away.
I don’t mind visitors at all—
Except when they are wall-to-wall!

[illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

Eatable Mousalouse

Follow illustration, using 1/2 pear for body, 1 cherry for nose, 2 raisins for eyes, 2 almond slivers for ears, 1 string licorice for tail.