Many young children love to tell their narrations!
What better way to dynamically retell the story than with
Some of our best puppet shows were spontaneous –
The children simply drew outline pictures of the characters from the story.
They stuck a strip of paper to the back of the picture,
wound the paper strip around the finger and taped it closed,
and narrated the story.
Children with a flair for the dramatic include accents and actions.
They swap finger puppets to narrate different characters.
Folded flat, the children pasted their finger puppets on their notebook pages.
Our free Aesop lapbook came with paper puppets.
My youngest enjoyed hours of free play with her puppets.
Paper Doll/ Men Puppets
During our Sonlight World History studies we created our paper doll series.
These paper dolls were fun to use in narrations.
Laminated and stiff, the children played out their narrations and stories.
But you could paste the paper doll on a wooden stick and make “proper” puppets!
They provide hours of creativity – coloring in,cutting out, pasting clothing and narrating.
We store ours in clear plastic zipper bags.
Our hand puppets have been enormously popular
and have lasted for years!
We made our fist puppet show
with puppets, backdrops,
props and a full script.
A few years later we updated our puppets,
made new backdrops,
added some animal puppets on sticks
for our new play ~
Whether simple and quick,
planned and prepared,
practised or spontaneous,
puppets take centre stage.
They divert attention away from the child
and give the child something to “do” while narrating.
Allow your child the freedom to express their narration in a way that is not always dictated or written.
- How to Build a Simple Shadow Puppet Theater (innerchildfun.com)