Puppets For Moppets
Today's snack: With cookie cutters
in the shapes of animals, hearts, stars and so forth, cut shapes out of thin
slices of bologna and cheese, and encourage your child to act out a short
little puppet show with them . . . and then eat them!
Any way you can help your small child learn to listen,
you're laying the groundwork for a future as a good student. Listening is one
of the most important skills for school, and one of the easiest, most enjoyable
ways to learn.
So here's a fun way to help your child learn to listen, with
an immediate payoff: find hand puppets that are characters in a story that you
can read aloud while your child acts out the story.
Examples: a frog and a toad for the Frog and Toad series; a mouse puppet
with various props for If You Give a Mouse
a Cookie, or a monkey puppet for the Curious
As your small child listens to you
read the story, he or she is processing the vocabulary and matching the meaning
of it to actions that will portray the story line. That takes a lot of brain
work, organization and planning. Feel free to pause in between sentences or
sections to give your child time to react, and center stage.
Later, when your child can read, it
might be fun for him or her to be the narrator, and you do the acting. Let puppetry
get you on a roll, and take turns taking center stage. It's always fun to . . .