Hand Puppets are a natural and fun extension of the pretend play that young children engage in so readily.
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.
- 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.