Helping Kids Put On A Puppet Show
Playing with a toy theatre and puppets is really beneficial for children. Putting on a puppet show is a great way to help children find and expand their voice as well as spark their imagination, use their creativity and develop fine and gross motor skills. Not to mention the fact that they have to work together to put on a show and develop social skills and etiquette at the same time.
Puppets and toy theatre play are especially good for helping children with their language skills. Puppets can sing and dance, laugh and cry. Children can try out different voices, speak in rhyme, practise skills such as whispering and also develop their listening skills. Puppets can also be a really good way to talk about difficult or emotional subjects as they allow children to speak through them rather than directly.
How To Put On A Puppet Show
Putting on a puppet show is great fun for kids of any age. Helping get them set up is a wonderful way of getting them excited about putting on a play and encouraging them to develop all the key skills required.
The three main things you need for any puppet show are:
- The script.
- The puppets.
- And the stage.
Once you have these sorted it’s just a question of:
- And performing your play.
You can buy some really amazing toy theatres that often double as a village store or market stall. If you don’t have a puppet theatre though don’t panic you can easily make one. An ironing board with a sheet or blanket over it makes a great stage. Or you could make a theatre using cardboard boxes.
Once you have the stage it’s time to start thinking about the story and the puppets. If you already have puppets you could make a story with the characters you have. Or if you have a story in mind you could create puppets to be the characters. Sock puppets are easy to make and great for little hands to manipulate. Plus they are a fantastic way of making use of all those odd socks.
When writing a puppet script you want to keep is simple with not too much talking and plenty of actions. Using stories that children already know can work really well. Or they can make up their own stories. You want to keep the stories short though. Just a few minutes is plenty long enough for a puppet show.
When you are writing the show you can see if you can think of ways to get the audience involved. Children love this and it’s another great way for them to practise their language and performing skills.
Finally it’s all about the practise. Kids can have fun learning the lines and giving the puppets different voices if they want to. And having a few practise rounds before the final performance can be a good way of boosting confidence especially for children who aren’t naturally drawn to performing.
Then once they are ready it’s time for the show to commence.
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