Using Puppets With Young Children

Puppetry is the art of bringing inanimate objects in. Children accomplish this instinctively, when they get an action figure-or a spoon, or a piece of broccoli-and provide voice and activity. pinocchio puppet

Emphasis

A large part of making puppets believable comes down to target: where your puppet is focusing, where the puppeteer is focusing, and where the audience is centering. Whether you are by using a stage or a run, make certain that your puppet’s eyes look at the audience, not at the ceiling or elsewhere. Experience a friend check to see if you are facing the eyes at the audience. 

Set finished puppet is speaking to you, have it look at the audience. It can speak, then look at you. If you’re doing a stage show, one puppet speaking to another will still face the group, then turn to the other puppet. Possess the other puppet stay almost still, so that it does not distract from the speaking puppet.

If you are completely view of the audience, not behind a stage, whenever your puppet is speaking, tend not to eye contact with the audience. Consider the puppet, pull attention to the character-the audience will not even see the puppeteer, assuming totally in the puppet.

Puppet movement

If if you’re by using a “mouth” puppet, open up the mouth on the important words or syllables. Otherwise it looks like your puppet is eating the words. This is certainly counter top intuitive so practice until it comes naturally.

Puppet mouths are similar to human mouths: the bottom mouth moves down-the head won’t move up while speaking. Move your thumb down inside the lower mouth of the puppet. This kind of looks more natural. Employ your whole hand, hand and arm to help make the movements. Communicating in of movement, have your puppet move slightly when it’s on your palm to continue to keep it looking alive. The moment you take away the puppet, put it down gently. You have created a personality: address it with admiration.

Characters

Be steady when creating characters. Maintain your same voice, the same kind of actions for each and every figure. Personality traits and practices are magnified in sock puppets. For example, if you have a crying puppet, don’t be afraid to have it weep and wail. A sneaky puppet can be extra underhanded, a goofy one can be extra goofy.

Kids and puppets

It could be complicated letting kids use sock puppets for whom you have already created a personality. I definitely recommend having puppets for kids to use, but if you allowed kids use your puppet, it may lose its personality on someone else’s hand. If you have puppets for children to work with, ask them questions about the characters, to encourage them to move through the instinctive hitting and biting on stage quickly.

Puppets are powerful. Children may feel more comfortable talking with puppets than with people and may even confide secrets to a puppet. Respect the child’s personal privacy in this case. Strategy children gently with sock puppets. If a child is scared or shy, move the puppet’s focus away. Never insist that the child engage with a puppet. To make the puppet more approachable, have it mirror a children’s shyness.