Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Using Puppets in Teaching

If you are a teacher, particularly of early years children, you have probably used puppets as a teaching aid – and if you haven’t then you really are missing a trick! Hand puppets are ideal for helping to develop language and communication skills in young children, and are a very useful classroom prop!

Puppets give children the freedom to express their feelings through the voice of a separate character, which can help to give more shy children the confidence to develop and improve their speaking skills. Sometimes they can encourage the quietest pupils to start talking, and can be very effective in the classroom.

Puppets can encourage PSHE (personal, social and health education) skills in a non-threatening way, such how to wash your hands, why not to interrupt or bully other children. Puppets can inspire exciting and imaginative learning, as well as helping children with literacy skills and number work. They can be used to great effect in developing children’s empathy, communication skills and imagination. Using puppets in classrooms can support inclusion, conflict resolution and problem solving!

Do you want to create a special and unique character for your class to remember forever? Good places to start are lovable animal puppets like a puppy for example, or you could try a mini-me puppet! (Which children tend to find hilarious). It’s sometimes a good idea to have two puppets, a girl and a boy for example. This is useful when developing communication and empathy skills.

Do you have a design in mind for a hand puppet or string puppet? As professional puppet makers and performers we have vast experience in using various techniques, materials and designs to suit all requirements and can even advise you on where and how to progress. Our puppets are made cost effectively, functionally, and easy to use and operate! Put your ideas for your puppet into motion with us and contact Promotional Props and Costumes today!

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