Using the Puppets with Children
When our puppets are used in sensitive ways they can play a valuable role in helping children to feel calm and peaceful.
For very young children the experience of a “real” animal in the hand of a loving adult offers opportunities for imagination and joy as thy caress and connect with the animal.
A wonderful observation with children from around the age of 4years-6 years is the question that arises, “Is it really real”.
The most important thing at this time is to meet the child’s question with reverence for the innocence of the question.
This question often means both, I want to know and I don’t.
When we work with the puppets with respect and reverence for the development of the child, we can ask a question in return.
”What do you think?”
In this way we allow the child to determine what they believe and what they want the puppet to be.
When a child is seen and respected for who they are and where their thinking is at, they are very happy with their own answer.
Around 5-6years, children will search for the answer.
If they are given the space and time for their own pondering and exploration,
(sometimes searching for the hand of the puppeteer) they come to a place of joy to discover, either it is or isn’t alive!
Children love the game, love to discover their own answer.,
and as soon as they “discover” the “truth”, they are eager to learn the puppetry tricks!