How can I support my child’s language development by playing with puppets?

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How can I support my child’s language development by playing with puppets?

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Children love to tell and hear stories, and puppets help bring these to life. Puppets are a cheap and easy resource to make with children at home or in their childcare setting. Making puppets as a creative and versatile resource can be great fun as well as enhancing children’s language skills through puppet play.

Puppets can be made very simply by drawing or sticking a ‘face’ on a wooden spoon, paper bag or old sock. Ensure any facial features or hair items are secure, especially if using with very young children, in order to prevent choking hazards. Socks are ideal with marker pen faces for very young children and can be made into either finger puppets or hand puppets. (Tiny Happy People sock puppet)

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