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Hand and finger puppets are ideal for helping to develop language and communication skills. Puppets give children the freedom to express their feelings through the voice of a separate character, even giving shy or ESL children the confidence to grow their speaking skills. Shadow Puppetry helps develop their creative skills, from the crafting of the puppets to the role play using lights and a sheet, children’s fantasy worlds can really come to life through these resources.

Introduction of puppet-play

Article on using puppets to link learning and play by helping develop cognitive and creative skills by Kokilavaani Narayanan

Me and My Shadow – Dynamic New Animation Theatre’s approach to puppetry

DNA’s approach to puppetry combines craft, design, movement, drama, visual and verbal arts , and uses its naturally collaborative nature as a powerful tool for young children, especially those with special educational needs such as autism or English as a second language. DNA believe that a young child’s imaginative play can turn everyday items into puppets and Artistic Director, Rachel Riggs, shows how easy it can be to transform found objects into extraordinary friends.

Puppetry in Early Childhood Education

Book by Tamara Hunt and Nancy Renfro, published by Nancy Renfro Studios. Hundreds of cleverly illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions describe puppets that children as well as adults can make and manipulate.

Sock Puppet Patterns

Whether you’re looking to bring the animals in children’s books to life, create a jungle adventure in a far off country, or simply help children start a conversation using finger puppets, take your pick from this excellent selection of free sock puppet patterns from The School of Puppetry.