One day – simple puppet is built, children learn art of manipulation and charactarization.
One week – create and perform a puppet show. Stories can be built around curriculum (grade specific).
Why Puppets in the Classroom?
Puppetry in the classroom has the power to unleash the creative, expressive and spontaneous potential in a child. These small creatures (puppets, that is) move and talk and appeal to the fantasy world of the child. They are, after all, in scale with the child and like dolls and other toys can be subjected to the child’s control. There is a considerable amount of intensive interplay between thinking and acting, between mental experimentation and the fine muscle manipulation.
-Stimulates imaginative and expressive use of language
-Motivates learning of basic skills
-Enhances the child’s feelings of self worth
-Develops social interaction skills
-Provides an integrated aesthetic learning experience.
Puppetry works in all subjects in the classroom. From storytelling to science and even music! A puppet can bring out the voice of a quiet child or calm a whole class down after recess.
What is Puppetry?
Puppetry is a performing art. The puppeteer is the artist, and the puppet is the instrument through which he creates living theatre. This performing element of puppetry cannot be emphasized enough.
The graphic and craft aspects of puppetry, while important, are only one element of a successful puppet performance. The art of bringing a puppet alive for an audience is what should be strived for, as this is the ‘magic’ that makes it truly successful.
What is a Puppet?
Most people have had some experience with puppets and are aware of the many types of puppets that exist. Many have seen puppets in a theatre or on television or in films.
To put it concisely, a puppet is something that is not alive which a performer can bring to life.
A puppet can be most any inanimate object and can be made from virtually hundreds of different materials.