Definition tells us a puppet is a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer. Ironically, a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone is also referred to as a puppet.
Puppets: The Finest Dolls
Puppets are finest because they can be played with so little effort unlike the battery operated dolls. Although playing puppets doesn’t let you watch them, playing them in itself is a great fun. Puppets are used to depicting various mythological stories over the ages regardless of where you are.
Why Children Love To Play Puppets
Wide range of toys enhances imaginative experiences of children. Innovatively built, stuffed toys can be used to show your baby how to brush her teeth, how to wash hands etc. Children are highly imaginative; buy them a puppet or two, they very soon get to learn their mechanisms. Although they like it, they invariably end up tearing the puppets apart! Teach him make a puppet at home.
Making a Puppet At Home
Making a puppet at home may not save you money, but children love a ‘home grown’ puppet endless. Their imaginations start flying while you are at work with your puppet. They start off on a fantasy trip imagining stories and characters they have heard. Well here is how you make a puppet at home.
Materials you require: You don’t need more than a couple of wooden spoons, color brush and ribbon, scissors, cardboard and paint. Don’t forget the glue.
Making it: Choose the favorite animal of your child to begin with. You need not be altruistic about choice of colors. Choose a pleasant color to wash the cardboard and the spoons with. Cutout two ears from the cardboard and glue them onto the spoons after embellishing. Paint the face, eyes, nose and mouth. Finish it with colorful ribbons around its neck tied like your child wanted.
The easiest you can make at home is a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; which fits over your hand and manipulated with the fingers.
This is not to discourage buying of puppets. Instead you have the freedom to choose from 1000s of varieties plus the mechanized varieties. Not to mention the thrill you give your child wandering through the toy store.