Here are some of the many uses puppets can bring during play:
When learning language, a child will begin to copy actions before words. Try getting your child to imitate the following actions:
- Give the puppet a kiss/ hug
- Brush the puppet’s hair
- Give the puppet something to eat/drink
- Get the puppet to wave hi/bye
- Give the puppet a high five!
Model some symbolic sounds. Children will generally produce these sounds before functional words.
- Mwaaaah for kiss
- Ooooh for hug
- Mmmmm for eating
- Slurping noises for drinking followed by a big ‘aaah’.
- Practise pointing to and naming the different body parts
- Label different clothing items
- Practise saying hi and bye
Some puppets will have moveable mouths and tongues. This can be really good for teaching a speech sound your child finds tricky!
At a later stage, puppets can be used to develop your child’s pretend play skills. Some of the benefits of pretend play include:
- Vocabulary Development
- Concept development
- Developing your child’s imagination
- Problem solving skills
- Turn-taking and sharing
- Understanding a social situation
- Developing theory of mind i.e. understanding others’ perspectives