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Activities for Toddlers - Puppet Magic [From: Toddlers]
HELPING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD
Puppet Magic

Puppets are fascinating to children. They know that puppets are not alive, yet they often listen to and talk with them as if they were real.

What You Need
  • An old, clean sock
  • Buttons (larger than 1 inch in diameter to prevent swallowing)
  • Needle and thread
  • Red fabric
  • Ribbon
  • An old glove
  • Felt-tipped pens
  • Glue
  • Yarn
What To Do

To make puppets:

  • Sock puppet: Use an old, clean sock. On the toe-end of the sock, sew on buttons for eyes and nose. Paste or sew on a piece of red fabric for the mouth. Put a bow made from ribbon at the neck.

  • Finger puppets: Cut off the fingers of an old glove. Draw faces on the ends of the fingers with felt-tipped pens. Glue on yarn for hair.
Things to do with puppets:
  • Have the puppet talk to your child: "Hello. My name is Tanya. What's yours? Kaylee. That's a pretty name. What a great T-shirt you have on, Kaylee! I like the rabbit on the front of your T-shirt." Or have the puppet sing a simple song. Use a special voice for the puppet.

  • Encourage your child to talk to the puppet, answering its questions and asking questions of her own.

  • Put finger puppets on your child's hand to give him practice moving his fingers one at a time.

  • The next time you want your child to help you clean up, have the puppet make the request: "Hello, Max. Let's put these crayons back in the box and these toys back on the shelves. Can you get the ball for me?"

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U.S. Department of Education
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Helping Your Preschool Child
Washington, D.C., 2005




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