Puppet Technology and Children Education by Ikike Inieke Ufford
Puppets are creative and artistic materials found in our history and everyday lives. In their different forms, they appeal to both old and young alike, represent different customs and traditions and are valuable educational tools. Puppets are entertaining and captivating. By relating to the puppets, the children explore the fascinating inventive world that puppets create. Learning through play is fundamental to our children’s education, because it helps them develop the necessary skills in life. Puppets can stimulate children‘s
imagination, encourage creative play and discovery and a wonderful interactive way to introduce narrative to even the most reluctant participant. They can be a powerful way of bringing story time to life; puppets can provide a focus for role play, encouraging the child’s imagination and involvement in activities and can play a fundamental part in the recitation of stories and verse. In addition, hand puppets with workable mouths and tongues are an excellent motivational resource to inspire the teaching of phonics within literacy.