Teaching Hand Puppet
Instructions: Trace puppet pattern. Place pattern on folded piece of plain colored fabric, then cut out. Repeat procedure on plain white fabric. With felt-tip pens draw and color boy (or change to girl, mother, father) figure in pants on one piece of colored fabric and draw boy in robe on one piece of white fabric. Place drawing of boy in pants face down on other piece of colored fabric and sew together, using 1/2″ (2.5 cm) seam and leaving bottom open. To finish bottom, turn bottom ends up 1/2″ (2.5 cm) and sew. Turn puppet inside out so that seams are on inside. Repeat sewing procedures for white fabric.
For family home evening lesson, use puppets to teach about journey through life. The white fabric puppet represents the spirit, which lived in pre-earth life with Heavenly Father. To represent when the spirit receives a mortal body at birth, slip colored-fabric puppet over spirit puppet. At death the body and spirit are separated again for a while. Remove colored-fabric puppet from spirit puppet. The body is buried, but the spirit lives on. At resurrection, body and spirit will be joined again.