Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fun With Puppets

Encourage Imagination with Puppetry

Puppets are the children’s toy that has truly lasted the test of time. Evidence of puppets has been found in a variety of civilizations all through the ages. They are a very simple multifunctional toy with many great benefits for a Childs learning and development. The benefits include encouraging imaginative play, role playing, developing language skills, expression through externalisation and best of all they are just great fun

Here are some ideas for different ways in which you can use puppets with your child:

1. Storytelling – act out the story with puppets or have the puppet
Read the story to the child. Bigger children can alternatively read the story to the puppet or simply tell their interpretation of the story to the puppet

2. Playdate – Plan a date and time for the puppet to arrive for a
Playdate and let your child know. Make sure to follow through with all the little details like having the puppet ring the front door bell and letting your child answer. Have specified rules like a normal playdate, puppet can only stay for an hour etc. This requires the most planning and time needs to be set aside just for that specific child – puppets full attention is required.

3. Lead and Follow – let the child lead in play by showing the
Puppet how the world functions. This is a great way for you to explore your Childs interpretation of many things? Ask a lot of why? Questions, Yes those ones that drive you Mad. You will be amazed at how much your child knows that they otherwise never express.

4. Role Playing – More than just a single puppet is usually required.
Both you and your child take on different identities and role play a scenario etc – great for playing house, shopping etc.

5. Play hide and seek – Hide the puppet and let your child find it.
Great introduction to the rules of Hide and seek when no other play mates are available.

6. Act out situations – If a situation is coming up that may be scary
for the child or you would like to reinforce a behaviour etc then act out the situation with puppets. Explain that puppet is going to the dentist and needs to sit very still and quiet while the doctor examines their mouth. Act out being the dentist and the puppet is the patient. Toddlers and preschoolers react better to situations if they know what is coming beforehand, and externalising the situation through the puppet helps give them a better understanding.

7. In Place of an Imaginary Friends – Many preschoolers have
imaginary friends, why not give the friend a puppet identity?

8. Emotions – Discuss the effect that a childs actions has on the
emotions of the puppet. Explain that the puppet feels angry because mummy said no and explain what anger is and what it feels like. Toddlers and Preschoolers are not able to express and deal with emotions hence we have tantrums, discussing what these feelings are can be a great help in helping change certain behaviours.

9. Externalisation – If a child is upset and refuses to tell you what
has happened, try using puppets. Children will often easily explain a situation or something that happened if the subject is not themselves – hence blaming imaginary friends for broken items. Externalising the situation and taking blame away from themselves is a normal part of toddler development.

10. Meal Times – difficult eater? Invite the puppet over for dinner
on the condition that the subject demonstrates excellent table manners and eats their dinner. Works wonders but only if it’s not something that is used all the time. Toddlers cotton on really quick and it looses its exciting edge.

Jessica Rodda, Independent Seller for Curious Kids

Come and Join Us

Curious Kids is a small privately owned business which brings a range of award winning educational games and toys to Australian homes and schools.
Our customers are able to “play” with our samples and thereby make their own ”educated decision” about which products meet their, and their families needs.

As a Curious Kids Agent you can:
* work as much or as little as suits you
* earn a worthwhile income
* run a rewarding yet simple business
* enjoy the prestige of selling a quality range
* benefit from low business costs and maximum profits

You have two options for joining us.
The first as a regular party plan agent, selling in the home, in the workplace, child care centres, kindergartens and schools. A general business starter kit is available for $400.
The second option is for those who are interested in focusing on selling to educational institutions and running maths games nights for them. The outlay for a specialized kit is from $600.

Call the owner of Curious Kids, Heather McIntosh, on (03) 5971 5333 to find out more about this wonderful opportunity also visit

Being an Independent Seller with Curious Kids

Family Benefits

Your Curious Kids kit is made up of international and national award winning games and products. The range cleverly covers from birth to adult and for both sexes. Your family has the exciting opportunity of growing up with an exceptional and enjoyable range that you can tailor to suit their needs.

Your childrens’ friends love to come over as your home offers fun and different games. Products that are not commercialised, mass marketed or rely on a power point for entertainment. Rewarding activities that allow social interaction and skills on many levels.

Personal Benefits

Heather has a successful background in marketing, and educational products. Her personal experience in life and the running of her own business is diverse and invaluable. Heather’s approach to her ‘Curious Kids’ is one of dedication, passion and a strong belief in education for all ages.

Heather is personally supportive and generous with aspirations, goals and any queries you have as an independent seller with Curious Kids.

The opportunities are endless working with individuals, families, preschools, schools, aged care and so on. Hours and times that suit your personal situation.

It is a business where you know you will get personalised support, promoting exceptional games and products for all ages.

Gillian Neill
Independent Seller for Curious Kids since March 2004.