Simple Puppets

Puppet play is a perfect way to let kids act out their feelings.

Let's Pretend, p.1

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Ted & Debbie

What better way to involve children in the magic of make-believe than by making simple puppets together? This fun activity will engage their imagination and provide an ideal forum for self-expression.

What better way to involve children in the magic of make-believe than by making simple puppets together? This fun activity will engage their imagination and provide an ideal forum for self-expression.

"When you and your child create puppets and act out stories, he uses his creativity to convey his feelings," explains Irene Wineman-Marcus, a child psychoanalyst in Great Neck, NY.

She adds that the facial expressions your child chooses for his puppets can speak volumes about what's on his mind. Plus, there are educational benefits, says Sara Wilford, director of the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY. "Puppet play will lay the groundwork for reading and writing skills, bolstering vocabulary and encouraging language development."

Materials

  • Ruler
  • Pencil or pen
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Felt in various colors, including skin tone colors such as brown, tan, and white
  • 3/8" buttons for eyes
  • Thread to match buttons
  • Needle
  • Fabric glue or hot glue gun
  • Embroidery thread
  • Ribbon

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