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6 ideas for using finger puppets in class

Author: Chandra Shinde
by Chandra Shinde
Posted: Nov 09, 2020

Many children love animated series and cartoons because they get entertainment and fun. They have lots of activities that can boost motor, memory, spontaneity, and other co-ordination skills. They see many people showing them different kinds of toys and gifting them games to play. They must participate and indulge in such activities so that they can enjoy their lives and childhood.

Many families enrol their kids in playschool to interact with people and learn new skills. Teachers use different kinds of objects to entertain and occupy them, which indirectly leads to brain development. They use finger puppets to initiate response and understanding of hand gestures in children. The following are the methods to use them for entertainment and learning:

  1. Beginnings and endings: As the class starts and the children line up to come in, ask them to use the puppets to ask and answer each other, one after the other, and at the end of class, review parts of the lesson topic with the children using those objects to answer questions.
  2. Storytelling: Children take turns to read a story in the voice of their puppets. The teacher’s puppet narrates the story and stops for the others from filling in the blanks. The children create their own story, or a story they are familiar with and tell it using their puppets.
  3. Acting: This works best with small groups and lots of puppets. Children decide who will be the main actors and, if there are more children than characters, the others can be extras. Use a story from their class to act as a basis for their ideas. Next, give them time to rehearse their puppet show before they take turns showing to the class.
  4. Songs and chants: Assign different lines of a song to each of the characters of hand puppets. When they play the song, the children must sing their part.
  5. Grammar fun: Think of ways to use puppets to help children understand different grammar structures in class—for example, comparatives, prepositions, etc.
  6. Pairwork tasks: When the children need to do a speaking and listening task together, try it with the puppets instead.

What to look for in baby toys?

For many people, a baby rattle was their first toy. They are bright and engaging and have many cognitive and visual benefits. The following are some points to consider while purchasing them:

(i) Safety:

Babies put all objects into their mouths, or they may accidentally hit themselves or others in the face with it. As a result, the ideal toys should be soft, non-toxic, and large enough so that they cannot swallow. Make sure the toys do not have loose pieces or jagged edges.

(ii) Engaging & Playful:

Babies get entertained by nearly anything, including rattle toys. They come in familiar animal shapes, bright colours, and exciting textures. Not only will they remain engaged longer, but visually attractive toys help babies learn to track objects with their eyes, which improves their vision. Soft ones are an added advantage to children developing teeth.

(iii)Durability:

As babies grow older, they will have different toy requirements. Infants around 2-3 months old are delighted by noisemakers to help them learn to use their hands. Older babies may prefer toys they can chew.

About the Author

I am Writer and general lifestyle blogger. I also love to write for kids, kids entertainment and kinds learning.

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