Puppets have to be my favourite resource for encouraging the development of oral communication skills. As children play with puppets, they play with language – alternating voices, creating personas, extending vocabulary, and listening to others.
As with many imaginary play resources, puppets also provide children with an open-ended platform to play out their knowledge of the world, their feelings and emotions, and to put their imagination to work, constructing stories to share. Plus making your own puppets adds an extra element of fun, creativity and learning.
Ideas to inspire (shown top, clockwise from top left)
- Butterfly hand puppet
- An easy to make puppet stand
- More simple homemade puppet ideas
- Simple homemade puppet ideas
What are your favourite ideas for child made puppets?