Puppets are engaging toys that can help support oral language skills and communication, social/emotional development, and help children learn and understand the world around them through safe, imaginative play. Puppets offer children an engaging way to interact and explore their knowledge and understanding of the world. For example, when a child is able to talk through a puppet, suddenly sharing isn’t so scary.
In Room 15, we have a selection of different puppets. Some puppets Mrs Griffin has bought or made and some puppets the children have made themselves. We use puppets in different ways.
After reading a storybook to the class, we use stick puppets to act out and retell the story. Students are encouraged to modify their voice to suit their character. Sometimes we alter the events in the story or change the ending.
Our wooden block puppets include fairy tale characters and real characters with background scenes. Block puppets allow students to create imaginative, original stories on their own because the blocks stand by themselves and can be moved around easily. Characters and scenes can be merged to create new and inventive stories.
Maurice the Monkey is our special Room 15 friend who comes out to model and explain many different things to the students. He’s great at teaching children letter sounds and rhyming. Sometimes he gets muddled up and needs help. The students enjoy supporting Maurice.
When the students use Maurice they need to coordinate their arm and hand actions with their speech. This can be quite challenging. Maurice’s large size makes him a life-sized friend and a favourite with the students.
Our small collection of hand puppets are used in all areas of the classroom. Sometimes they are found on the mat area building towers with the foam blocks or on the lino serving play-dough ice cream cones to customers. These puppets don’t have moving mouths therefore they are easier to use. Students can concentrate on using their voice to bring the puppet to life. This allows characters to develop mainly from a student’s voice and speech. Students are able to experiment with the way they project their voice and the dialogue they use.
Our finger puppets are cute and small. They are ideal for conversations between two students or one child with two finger puppets. Dialogue can be quiet and secluded giving students an opportunity to practice their puppetry skills privately.