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Puppets With Purpose

Easy, homemade puppets help children express their feelings.

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Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
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What you need:

  • paper plate 
  • craft sticks 
  • art materials 

What to do:

  1. With your child, read a book where many moods are expressed, such as Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Talk about the different ways characters feel and express feelings.
  2. Your child can make puppets that reflect his own feelings — a happy face, a sad face, or one that's angry, confused, even sleepy or hungry. Use a paper plate and art materials to create these "mood faces" and attach them to craft sticks. 
  3. Invite your child to use his puppets to act out stories or enhance stories the two of you are reading. Shy children can speak through the puppets, making it easier for them to share their feelings.

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