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Explore how children learn from Hand Puppet Play

Hand Puppets are a natural and fun extension of the pretend play that young children engage in so readily. With a little encouragement from you, hand puppets will help your children develop some important learning skills. Hand Puppet play is imaginative and open-ended and equally freeing for adults. Let your child take the lead and you’ll be amazed at where you will go together.

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Communication and Social Skills 

  • Hand Puppets are an ideal springboard for developing speaking and listening skills.
  • Children often communicate more easily with puppets, giving them confidence to express their ideas and feelings
  • Shy children can become acquainted with others through the roles they take on
  • Children are free to try on new personalities and take them off again, with a puppet on their hand, broadening their own in the process.
  • Scary animal hand puppets like lions and sharks or shy ones such as a  tortoise can help children master uncomfortable feelings
  • Puppet play provides an opportunity to gain some control over their world by working out fears and frustrations.


Creative Skills

  • Hand Puppet play helps young children develop creative skills by forcing them to use their imaginations. They make up the roles, the rules, the situations and the solutions.
  • It is through imaginative play that children come to understand the differences between fantasy and reality. 

    Folkmanis Pirate Puppet boy

  • The real world becomes more real to children who have opportunities to pretend.

Language Skills

  • Whether children write their own stories or adapt one of their favourite books into a play, story telling with hand puppets is one of the best ways for kids to build their reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, building on their ideas by introducing new words, their meanings and other information.
  • Pick books that are appropriate for the children's' age and reading level. Younger children will likely enjoy folk or fairy tales featuring animal characters, magic, or fantasy, while older children may be drawn to stories involving mystery, science, drama or even non-fictional accounts of important people or events.

 Don't forget the Puppet Theatre

Alex Puppet Theatre with Clock

Half the fun of putting on a puppet play comes in planning the performance. But the final result needs puppet theatre. A great way to let kids showcase their creation.

Creating a hand puppet show as a family is a wonderful way to help kids learn to work as part of a group and strengthen family ties at the same time.

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