Young children love story time, and while puppets can serve many purposes…using them is a fun way to make books come to life for preschoolers. Here are twelve Book Character Hand Puppets that you can use to enhance storytelling:
Excerpt from Storytelling With Hand Puppets and Books
Oral language is the basis for literacy. Language-oriented activities using storytelling, puppets and books enrich communication and literacy skills. Using puppets with books helps students in many ways:
- For the child who finds it difficult to concentrate, the puppet will give that child a focus.
- For the child who is learning English as a second language the puppet is seen as a non threatening “teacher”.
- For the child who needs to “see and hear” the story, the puppet provides a visual.
- For the child who is reluctant to participate, the puppet posing a question will often elicit a response.
Use the storytelling, hand puppets and books to promote drama, oral communication and language development in a non threatening and most enjoyable fashion.