about puppets plays and story days

 

It’s more than just a Puppet!!!!

 

I believe I first became passionate about puppets when I was a childminder. I found them an invaluable tool to help communicate with children of all ages.

 

Used in story telling they become much, much more than just a puppet. Children believe in them, they are their perfect pet and their own best friend all rolled into one.

carol burton, puppets plays and story days

 

Children react differently to puppets as opposed to adults speaking directly to them, asking their advice, seeking their approval and take to heart any message given via them.

 

In education a puppet can help with counting, language and literacy. The puppet can also overcome any issues with regard to speech creating a pressure free space for the voice of a child, it is the puppet that talks not the person and conversation becomes a game not a problem.

 

After appreciating the value of puppets I then had to teach myself how to use a puppet - not an easy task. I found a good way was to sit in front of a mirror and have a conversation with the puppet. It quickly develops a personality all of its own and becomes alive. My two children thought I was a little strange at first but now can’t wait to join in.

 

I recognize the power of puppets and how they can be used to get over an important message. For example a child who has problems with bed time routine or being afraid of the dark, the playful puppy can be a night time role model and the child emulates what the puppy does –best practice becomes fun and a joint venture for two.

 

A puppet can always be trusted to be there.

 

They can instill confidence in an otherwise shy child and teach them how to express their emotions.

 

I now use puppets in interactive storytelling, they bring a “story to life” and extends a child’s imagination. There is nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up with wonder and amazement when the puppets come out of my suitcase.

 

From this I formed my company Puppets, Plays and Story Days and stock a wide range of puppets and educational games. Remember a puppet is not just for Christmas it is a life time of enjoyment, a childhood friend and an asset to education.

 

Remember a puppet is not just for Christmas,
it is a lifetime of enjoyment, a childhood friend and an asset to education.

 

 

Carol Burton

Puppet Plays and Story Days

 

 

"I met Carol at a conference where she was displaying a wonderful array of puppets. Subsequently Carol demonstrated to our staff team a range of ways to use the puppets which inspired lots of interest in puppet play. We have gone on to buy a selection of puppets all of which are excellent quality and being used by both practitioners and families alike. The service from Puppets, Plays & Story Days was excellent, I highly recommend them."

 

Rosy Tebbutt

Locality Children's Centre Manager, York