Little puppeteers can bring to life plush toys and stuffed animals with our fun selection of finger and hand puppets. A puppet can offer hours of entertainment to kids as they use their imaginations during puppet play to mimic animals and characters from popular children's TV shows and movies that we have all come to love.
Puppets have entertained children and adults for thousands of years, and is a very ancient form of theatre, since 5th century BC in Ancient Greece. From finger puppets to hand puppets, these cuddly toys allow children to perform their own puppet show and engage their attention and imagination.
A puppet theatre can provide a safe place behind the curtain for children to develop confidence in drama and performing plays. Puppetry encourages creativity as children come up with stories and develop oral language skills and communication. Manipulating puppets encourages movement and develops a child's hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they animate and bring characters to life to tell stories.
A finger puppet fits on a single finger and has limited movement.
Finger puppets are well suited for younger children and commonly used among toddlers and pre-school children in kindergarten for storytelling or to sing along to the finger family song.
A hand puppet is also known as a glove puppet and fits over and is controlled my one hand that allows movement of the mouth and head of the toy. Hand puppets allow children to try on new personalities and simply take them off again. Children can not only tell stories and act out scenes, but hand puppets can be used in playing games or to practice reading aloud and develop their creative skills and storytelling ability.
Ventriloquism is an entertaining form of art where the ventriloquist is accompanied by a puppet on stage and creates the illusion that their voice is coming from elsewhere. The ventriloquist's puppet is operated by the ventriloquist performer's hand, and with little or no movement from the performer's mouth, the ventriloquist creates the illusion that the puppet has come to life. Some of the most enjoyable performances from ventriloquists are from comedian Jeff Dunham, accompanied by 'little guys in his suitcase', and singer Darci Lynne, alongside her ... READ MORE
Puppets are not just a fun toy for children to play with, but can engage, entertain and education too.
Sharing a story with a treasured puppet, doll or favourite stuffed animal can help to encourage your child's reading and develop communication and vocabulary skills. A much loved puppet or soft toy could be the perfect learning companion for children to practice their reading and storytelling skills. And if your child has an interest in puppets, then children's books that features ... READ MORE
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