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Glove Puppets Play

Glove Puppets Play

Character glove puppets are good at helping young children understand their world, practice new skills, internalize new ideas, and learn the important concept of cause and effect.

Young children generally feel secure with a friendly-character puppet like a puppy, kitten or a familiar fantasy persona they admire or relate to. Similarly, the child who fears something may try to master this fear through puppet play that enacts scenes of comfort and nurturance. > More

Teachers [Remedial, Kindergarten, and Grade 0 – Grade 2] can use character glove puppets to converse and sing with children or tell stories that allow them to explore their feelings and imagination. By bringing puppets into the daily circle time as an extension of a lesson or in storytelling, teachers can create a strong sense of community among children. It is also an ideal medium for a teacher to motivate young learners to ask questions or to act out simple role-play exercises with them. The joy of hearing a story being read can be greatly enhanced when a character from the story is brought to life in the form of a glove puppet – used by the reader to animate the tale.

Therapists [Occupational, Speech and Educational] can use character glove puppets to communicate with their young patients. A sensitive message can be explained using the puppet as an effective communication medium. Children generally identify with a friendly animal or fantasy character, which makes a glove puppet an ideal medium for increasing their response to remedial exercises such as puppet play.

Through play, children learn about the world and engage in activities that encourage their cognitive, social-emotional and physical development across several domains, including language, fine motor skills, and gross motor skills. Character glove puppets also provide opportunities for practicing different thinking skills, such as imitation, cause and effect, problem solving, and symbolic thinking.

Language Development: Playing and interacting with a character glove puppet promotes language development. Using the glove puppet as an extension of themselves children can make the puppets talk back and forth, communicate in a different voice and ask questions, thus encouraging creative thought in providing responses and answers. Children learn by imitating words and language patterns, and accordingly develop annunciation and sentence structure skills. Communicating with other children through puppet play not only helps improve their vocabulary but also encourages a shy child to express their individuality.

Social-Emotional Development: Social-emotional development is encouraged when children communicate using character glove puppets as an extension of their persona. When a child plays a puppet game with a friend, they should learn to share, take turns, be patient and share space. Impulse control is required when playing puppets with others. Children can use character glove puppets to express their emotional relationship with others.

Cognitive Development: Puppet play offers many opportunities for cognitive development. Children can be asked to tell stories and act out ideas using character puppets. This kind of play helps foster creativity, imagination, abstract thinking and sequencing. Glove puppets even help children make the spatial connection between their hand and how it fits inside the puppet to animate expression. Spatial reasoning–one of the most basic cognitive abilities–develops naturally in childhood and continues to develop as we grow older, along with verbal reasoning, logical reasoning and numerical reasoning. Good spatial reasoning skills make it easier to negotiate your way in the world; for example, technical jobs that require spatial reasoning and mathematical skills include architecture, science, engineering, as well as engine repair, carpentry, metal fabrication or welding, sculpture, cookery, photography and drawing.

Physical Development: Play with character glove puppets help with a child’s physical development. The child’s fine motor skills get a workout as they move their hand and fingers to manipulate the puppet’s head, arms and body. Their gross motor skills are strengthened when they move their arms around, crouch down and stand back up again in the process of acting out puppet play. They also learn to balance as they move around. Their hand-eye coordination is at work when they move the puppet to interact with other children who are maneuvering their glove puppets in much the same way.

Words by Theresa Lutge-Smith [].






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