Puppets are a play-time favorite in countless classrooms. With the
ability to capture and nurture a child´s imagination, puppets have great
untapped potential as creative teaching aids.
notion that puppets are strictly for play, A Show of Hands presents
innovative ways for teachers to use puppets as valuable and
developmentally appropriate teaching tools. Drawing from over fifty
years of combined experience in the arts and education, the authors—one
an award-winning puppeteer, the other an arts educator and
writer—illustrate how the use of puppets can support emergent literacy
skills, introduce children´s literature, manage the classroom, and
assist in the development of lesson plans tailored to the specific needs
of the teacher and class.
An ideal resource for teachers from
preschool to early primary, A Show of Hands also includes helpful
instructions for designing, constructing, or purchasing your own
puppets, as well as how puppets may be used with children diagnosed with
autism, ADD/ADHD, or a hearing or vision impairment.