Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Playing With Puppets
picture books that could be converted into puppet scripts or reader's theater scripts. Today I'm sharing some of our favorite ways to play with our puppets without using books. Nursery Rhymes and songs have been the best way to engage my kids in puppet play. They are still a little too young to invent their own stories but if I say a nursery rhyme, they are eager to act it out with the puppets and often join in with reciting the poem.Logan even digs through the puppet pile and comes up with rhymes that would work with that animal.
Repeated recitings of nursery rhymes helps to grow a child's vocabulary of rare words. Also, being able to chant nursery rhymes fluently will prepare your child for future success as a fluent reader. In Mem Fox's book, Reading Magic, she asserts that a child who enters school knowing just 8 nursery rhymes will be prepared to become a successful reader.
Here are a few nursery rhymes and songs that have been great for our puppet play:
Hey Diddle Diddle
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Jack and Jill (we use animals for Jack and Jill and the boys are fine with that but if you have people puppets-- or even dolls-- you could use those)
The Bear went over the Mountain
5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Finger puppet for 5 little monkeys available at DLTK free template)
I am linking this up: