The Reading Nook | Puppetpiece Theater

by , posted on July 22nd, 2013 in The Reading Nook

puppet shows are a fun hands-on way to keep kids learning all summer long

Here’s a summer project for you and your kids that combines reading and writing and storytelling and puppets.

You KNOW we love books over here. And no one is ever going to do this but if someone asked me for ONE thing that I want my girl to grow up with, it’s a love for books.

That’d be her inheritance – a love of books and a passion for reading.

With that in mind I’m always thinking of ways to extend the reading experience beyond sitting down and reading a particular book. What else can we do?

Let’s get started. You’ll need paper, markers, craft sticks, and glue.

materials for a puppet show

Pick a story – it could be something simple like the Three Little Pigs or it could be a scene from a favorite chapter book. Something that interests your kids.

Here’s where the writing bit comes in – have your kids write a script for the puppet play. Depending upon their age it could be a page or three. (We’re sneaky over here – being able to tell/write out a story with a beginning, middle and ending is a huge literacy skill).

Now the art part – have them draw each character, cut them out and glue them to a craft stick. Make a title page too.

See where we’re going with this?

puppet shows encourage literacy and help your child develop a love for storytelling

You’ve got your script, you’ve got your paper puppets and your kids are the puppet masters. Let them read out the script as they act out their play. And you applaud at the appropriate moments.

Maybe a little iPhone video? A performance for the neighbors?

I think you can take it from here.

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3 Responses to “The Reading Nook | Puppetpiece Theater”

  1. Caroline Says:

    July 23rd, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Oh my kids will go BANANAS over this!!!

    LOVE it, Sandra! And the puppeteer is adorable. Tell her I said she did an awesome job!


  2. Sandra Says:

    July 23rd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks Caroline! I’ll tell her and she may even blush a bit.

    It’s a fun project with distinct parts that aren’t too long.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    I agree with Caroline. The puppeteer rocked it!

    I love how simple this is, and yet, chock full of sneaky learning.

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