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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.


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

Don't forget the Puppet Theatre

Half the fun of putting on a puppet play comes in planning the performance. But the final result requires a way to let kids showcase their creation. Whether you fashion one out bed sheets or purchase one ready made, a puppet theatre is a must!

Creating a 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.