For Intellectual (Cognitive) Developement

"Tip 163: April 2022: Making and Using Puppets Creatively "
   March, 2022

Through the excitement of creative puppet making one can open communication
among children towards accepting and respecting diversity. Adults can help
to stimulate ideas in using inexpensive materials to use with children.
Often children listen and learn more from a puppet than an adult. Puppets
are fun to make, see, touch, listen to, learn from, and manipulate. Through
bringing a puppet to life, many children also come to life in surprising
and insightful ways.

Picture Puppets
– This puppet is particularly good for infants. Tape a picture
of the infant onto a tongue depressor, and use this as a puppet to talk
about the child. This way the picture puppet can be used as a character in
a favorite story, song or nursery rhyme.

Food Puppet
– Puppets don’t always have to be alive. Children can make food puppets and
discuss what foods are good to eat. Be sure to include the “four food
groups” (Fruits & vegetables, Grains & cereals, Meats, fish, nuts
& beans, and Dairy products). Write a food song using the “Chiquita
Banana” tune. (I’m Chiquita Banana and I’ve come to say fruit and
vegetables are healthy so eat five a day.) Make a grocery store using a
cardboard box as the stage. Throw a nutrition party for the children by
eating the foods they made.

Happy Sad Puppet
– These exciting puppets can be easily made from colorful sponges and
tongue depressors. They hold the child interest by having a happy face on
one side, and a sad face on the other. Make up a story and ask the class
which face should the puppet have? “A little girl lost her cat. (sad) She
looked under the bed and found it (happy) etc.” Or use a story like
“Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Turn the puppets face when she eats the
porridge and its hot or cold (sad), or just right (happy).

Concrete Senses: Making a puppet, touching it, moving it,
creating a voice for it, these are concrete sense stimuli that are very helpful in
getting children to release their imaginative powers.

Even the most inhibited child can be. encouraged to become aware of his feelings
and talk about them when there is a puppet to free his spirit.

Puppets can be used to act out fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood),
Nursery rhymes (The Queen of Hearts), storybooks (The Three Little Pigs),
and fables (Aesop). They can be used to help bring to life stories about
people (Washington) or holidays (Thanksgiving). Songs and poems can be more
fun if puppets are added. Keep a picture file for animals, birds, fish or
anything that may serve as a good idea for a future puppet. Such a file is
helpful if children have no idea about what to make, but don’t make models
for them to copy. It will hinder their creativity.

The following is a list of puppet-making materials:

Yarn | Leather | Cotton | Balls | Coffee Filters | Clothes Pins

Foil | Socks | Wrapping Paper | Paper Cups | Cardboard tubes

Cork | Doilies | Contact Paper | Paper plates | Beads

Feathers | Q-Tips | Pipe Cleaners | Gloves Fringe