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Teaching with Puppets: A Video Resource for Teachers

This video is intended to be used as a resource for teachers who are interested in learning about the benefits of using puppets and dramatic play in their classroom. It explores the theory behind the use of puppets and provides practical strategies for use in the classroom.

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  • The World of Puppets video video
    Puppets are universal; they appear in cultures around the world. Although the materials vary the use of puppets is widespread.
  • Benefits of Using Puppets video video
    Puppet play is open-ended and provides students with opportunities to be supported in situations that are unfamiliar or challenging.
  • Why Play With Puppets? video video
    There are many pedagogical benefits of using puppets and play in the classroom. Teaching strategies can be practiced and adapted to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Expert Pretending – Really Pretend video video
    Pretending is beneficial for learning, not just for students but for teachers as well. Taking on a role or voice can enable students and teachers to explore new ideas, clarify issues and develop skills.
  • Making Puppets – a Demonstration video video
    Discarded materials can be used to make puppets. This demonstration shows how a simple gardening glove becomes an animated character.
  • Examples of Glove Puppets video video
    These samples provide ideas to make and use various types of glove puppets, from the simple to the elaborate.
  • Understanding Movement with Glove Puppets video video
    Practice movement using a glove puppet with a moveable mouth. This demonstration distinguishes each finger's position.
  • Examples of Marionette and Rod Puppets video video
    These samples provide ideas to make and use various examples of marionette and stick puppets, from the simple to the elaborate.
  • Examples of Shadow Puppets video video
    These samples provide ideas to make and use various examples of shadow puppets, from the simple to the elaborate.
  • Using a Puppet's Gestures and Body Language to Communicate video video
    Even without a voice, a puppet can communicate. Explore how body language and gestures can be incorporated into teaching strategies.
  • Voice for a Puppet Character video video
    This demonstration provides instructions on how to create and use a voice for a puppet character.
  • Trash Tree video video
    The trash tree can be used to store reusable materials. Using it in the classroom space is convenient and inspiring.
  • Credits and Additional Reading video video
 
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