Minnie has been totally absorbed in puppet play recently, so we thought we'd create a Puppet Theatre. This box has previously been a post office & bakers shop.
|Two hands are so much quicker than one!|
|The back of the theatre with chairs|
We made a very simple curtain 'pole' with some ribbon which we attached across the back of the box, looping it around the canes. I found some old material, cut a few holes in the top, & made some curtain hoops using pipe cleaners. (These have held up surprisingly well!)
|Our pipe cleaner curtain hooks|
|The curtains from the back|
Our chalkboard box made a great signboard, & provided a ledge for puppets/props to sit on.
Minnie’s selection of puppets included her homemade sock puppets, owls, & speckled frogs, along with some she made to accompany a Rainbow Fish storybook. She also independently made another set of puppets. These were A5 sheets of paper that she had folded in half, she then placed the paper in her cupped hand to create a talking puppet. Genius!
|Minnie's talking puppet|
I'm a huge fan of puppets & how they can empower children. With a puppet a child can be fully engaged in imaginative play; creating fantasy worlds as well as exploring the world around them. They can explore & act out a range of emotions, identities & situations, some of which they may not have been otherwise able to do so. Having a selection of puppets that children can easily access also offers free unstructured play opportunities, a chance to explore language, problem solving, fine & gross motor skills, social skills such as turn taking, & freedom to follow personal interests.
Observing Minnie has reinforced my belief that puppets don't have to be that elaborate or expensive. By simply offering a range of different materials, children can create some amazing puppets which allow so much imagination to flourish!