Monday, April 23, 2012

Service Project - Finger Puppets & Coloring Kits


(to give to children of families being taught by the missionaries, to help keep them reverent during Sacrament meeting. You could also just give them to families of any ward members with young children).* These will help a lot with keeping kids reverent (which also helps their parents being able to concentrate on the Sacrament and hear the talks!).

You can keep a few of these kits in your YW closet and bring them out as needed, or have one of the YW be in charge of keeping several kits with her for Sacrament meeting and watch for children to give them to. You may want to let your Full-time Missionaries (and/or Ward Mission Leader) know what you have planned and they may be able to point out when they have visitors with children (they don't always really know for sure ahead of time, because investigators don't always show up)

FINGER PUPPETS: I've included links to directions for making no-sew finger-puppets below. You can also sew finger puppets, but I wouldn't recommend doing it on a machine for beginning sewers because it is difficult to work with something really small like that on a machine. You may be able to do hand-sewing, though it will take longer. I would suggest 3 or 4 finger puppets per child/kit.

COLORING PAGES: Its easy to print out gospel-themed coloring pages from various websites - I like the section on the Church website that has coloring pages from past issues of the Friend magazine because coloring pages are organized by topic. If you print a few copies of several different pages at home, you could have the girls assemble little booklets of the pages and staple them together. You might even have the girls make a cover page that says something like, "Welcome to Church! We're happy you're here!" Alternatively, you could purchase coloring books at the dollar store, but I like the personalized gospel-specific touch of including coloring pages from the Friend.
Click on the photo to go to the page for free printable coloring pages from the Friend magazine

ASSEMBLY: You can just keep these items separate, or you can assemble kits in a zip-lock bag (don't forget to include a few crayons! If you purchase a small box of crayons, you can separate those up and put 3 or 4 crayons with each packet)

Click on the photo for no-sew finger puppet tutorial from the idea room web site

*Another option would be to give these items to a women's shelter, homeless shelter, or another charity that serves children. In that case, you would probably need to use generic type coloring pages (non-religious), or at least those that feature only basic religious concepts (like service, prayer, sharing, etc) instead of specific doctrine (like baptism at age 8)

PURPOSE: This is mainly a service project, but could go along with a discussion of reverence or
missionary work. This will help the young women be more aware of visitors and missionary work that is going on in the ward. These kits will really help a lot with keeping kids reverent (which also helps their parents being able to concentrate on the Sacrament and hear the talks!)
MATERIALS NEEDED (to make @ 4 kits):  several pieces of felt in different colors ( 8X12 sheets are sold in craft stores/Walmart for about 30 cents). Hot glue guns or quick-dry glue (not super-glue). Googly eyes. 1 or 2 colors of squeezable puffy paint (for whiskers, etc). Printed coloring pages (or purchased coloring books). Stapler. 3 or 4 crayons for each kit. Gallon size zip-lock type bag (optional).

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