According to the Oxford Dictionary a puppet is:
A movable model of a person or animal that is used in entertainment and is typically moved either by strings controlled from above or by a hand inside it.
However, according to the same dictionary, a puppet is also:
A person, party, or state under the control of another person, group, or power: he was little more than a puppet of his aides
In this article we’ll focus on the more interesting one: the art of puppetry and the many benefits for children that playing with puppets has to offer.
Puppets: The Finest Dolls
Unlike modern video games and toys, children can play with puppets with little to no effort. Playing with puppets is in itself great fun because your imagination can run wild and you can embark on a journey through time. Puppets could be used to depict various mythological stories over the ages but also to pretend you are with a friend right here, right now.
Children are fascinated by the magic of puppets
Why Children Love To Play Puppets
While most modern toys make children take a passive role in their imagination, puppets do exactly the opposite: they enhance the imaginative experiences of children. Innovatively built, stuffed toys can be used to introduce your child to those desired habits that you want him or her to develop: how to brush her teeth, how to wash hands, to go to bed at the right time, to eat their food and whatever you can think of: the sky is the limit. Children are highly imaginative;
they can fill up the gaps of whatever you are trying to convey easily, and they incorporate those desired traits very quickly.
Buy your child a puppet or two and them have a blast with them. Sooner or later, introduce the novel idea (for them at least) of creating their own puppet! Teach your child how to make a puppet at home.
Making a Puppet At Home
Making a puppet at home is not only economical, but also a total challenge for children’s imagination. Their minds start off on a fantasy trip imagining stories and characters they have heard. Don’t deprive your child of the wonders of creating your own puppet.
So without further ado, here is how you make a puppet at home.
Materials you require:
* a couple of wooden spoons
* color brush
* Don’t forget the glue.
Choose the favorite animal of your child to begin with. Any color will do but choose a pleasant color to wash the cardboard and the spoons with. Cutout two ears from the cardboard and glue them onto the spoons after embellishing them. Then proceed to paint the face, eyes, nose and mouth. Finish it with colorful ribbons around its neck tied like your child wanted.
You can also make sock puppets as the following video shows:
Of course you can create a simpler puppet for your child. The easiest puppet you can make at home is a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; which fits over your hand and manipulated with the fingers. Although they are extremely basic, they serve their purpose as much as the most expensive puppets out there.
This is not to discourage you from buying toy puppets. Instead you have the freedom to choose from thousands upon thousands of free puppet making ideas that you will have all over the internet, plus the commercial varieties that you can purchase in any store. And if you do decide to go to a store, you will be your child’s hero once again!