Learning - Arts/Craft | 3-12 yrs

Puppetry For Children

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Remember the famous puppet show scene in the blockbuster Sound of Music where the Von Trapp children put up a spectacular show of string puppets. There are other types of puppetry too such as rod puppets, finger puppets and hand puppets. Want to know more about them? Welcome to the world of puppetry, where inanimate objects come to life!

Parents do not generally consider puppetry as a hobby for their children, as they would do theatre, music, art or craft. However, it can be an interesting offbeat hobby for your child to pursue. Not many might know, but puppetry actually helps promote development in children. According to an article titled, How Does Puppet Play Promote Development? published in oureverydaylife.com, “As your child makes the puppets talk and interacts with other puppet players, she is developing her language skills. She can make the puppets talk back and forth. Another child may make his puppet ask your child’s puppet questions, which she must then answer. Your child will imitate words and language patterns she has heard, so she will be working on her pronunciation and sentence structures. Talking with other kids helps increase her vocabulary and even encourages a shy child to open up.”

Puppetry also offers a host of other benefits for children. To know more about puppets and puppet play it, please flip through the pages of the ClipBook below so that you can encourage your child to take up puppetry and help him produce another Sesame street! 

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History Of Puppetry

Puppetry is an ancient form of expression and storytelling believed to have its roots in ancient cultures, more than 3000 years old. Puppetry and puppet theatre was considered one of the first forms of entertainment. It is sometimes claimed that ...

Types Of Puppets

There are many different types of puppets. Each type has its own individual characteristics, and for each one, there are certain kinds of suitable dramatic material. Certain types have developed only under specific cultural or geographic condition...

Hand-Rod Puppet

A hand-rod puppet, a style developed by Jim Henson, is a puppet which is controlled by both hands. The puppeteer's dominant hand goes into the head of the puppet, operating the mouth, and at times, facial features. The puppeteer's less dominant ha...

Finger Puppets

Finger puppets are used in preschools for story time while daycare centers use finger puppets to entertain groups of children, and party professionals often incorporate finger puppets into birthday party activities...

Hand Puppets

There are many variations to a hand puppet. If the puppet does not have a movable mouth, three fingers on one hand become the neck and two arms. This type of puppet is often called a glove puppet. If the puppet has a movable mouth, traditionally t...

How Does Puppet Play Promote Development?

Learning through play is a vital aspect of childhood, and your child should be encouraged to do so every day. Puppets help promote a wide range of developmental aspects. The simple act of offering your child a few puppets can do wonders for his la...

Benefits For Young Performers

Puppets add a new and exciting element to children’s impromptu or planned performances. Through puppets, children feel empowered to speak and behave on behalf of the character they are portraying...

The Wonders Of Puppet Play For A Child's Development

Both at home and at school, puppet play offers tremendous benefits for a child’s development. Not surprising, considering puppets have been around for about 3,000 years. Yes, they’re old but to last for that long, they must provide something very ...

Puppets Talk, Children Listen

Today, puppets can be used to teach an array of secular topics, particularly in the classroom. Preschool children ranging from ages one to three, can be overly active and easily irritable or cranky. Puppets are perfect for grabbing their attention...

Using Puppets In Child Care

Puppets provide a wide range of benefits for children in a child care setting. Child care providers can use puppets, whether they are purchased at the store or homemade, to enhance almost any area of the child care curriculum. Children of all ages...

How Puppets Help Children Develop Motor Skills

When a young child places his hand inside a puppet, he’s not only transported to the land of imagination and adventure, he’s learning new skills, too. University of California Davis Cancer Center suggests offering puppets to 3- to 5-year-olds to h...

Role Of Puppetry In Indian Education

Puppetry has played an important role in disseminating knowledge in most parts of the world. Puppetry imbibes elements of all art forms such as literature, painting, sculpture, music, dance, drama and enables students to develop their creative abi...

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