5 Awesome Puppet Secrets That Help Kids:
- Using puppets in role-plays based on favorite activities, such as toy vehicles makes it easier for kids to bravely engage in pretend play.
- Because kids want to try cool, appealing puppets, they are more willing to take on character roles.
- Adding interesting props, i.e. toy characters to work with the vehicles, expands what puppets can do & say, which expands kids’ imaginations.
- Puppets are fabulous at gently & playfully obstructing pretend play to help kids adapt to changes in the way the play is going, i.e. Puppets get excited or curious about trying another child’s play idea. Puppets can accidentally eat or break preferred toy vehicles, which thus disappear temporarily and need to be fixed. Puppets re-direct away from repetitive play actions by introducing something that a child finds appealing.
- When puppets use an animated sounding pitch plus loads of smiles and gradual movements, surprisingly, kids don’t seem to mind when puppets “shake up their play”.
When I returned to class a month later, the laughter Roaring from the “toy vehicle play centre” caught my attention. Two kids were laughing as Samir offered to fly their toy people in his plane. Before Samir’s plane would go, the toy people had to pretend to pay a puppet, held by a teacher. Samir was including other kids in his play, and accepting their idea of going for a ride in his plane. He was motivated by getting to take his turn placing pretend money into a puppet’s hands. It’s so cool what a puppet can do. Take Away: Find ways to use puppets to entice your child to engage in pretend play and boost his/ her social skills.