Puppet Play: How to Help Your Child Self-Regulate their Emotions and Behaviors

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Puppet play offers an avenue for children to communicate and express themselves, especially when they're too young to write or verbalize complex feelings. It enables them to share emotions, concerns, and challenges they might face with peers and school.

Puppet play fosters imagination, creativity, and exploration while benefiting speech, language, social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. For children struggling with language skills, puppets can provide valuable support and aid in expressive and receptive language growth.

Engaging in puppet play can enhance a child's social skills and communication abilities. Puppets offer a structured way for children to interact and practice communication, both with the puppets themselves and with other kids. For children dealing with social anxiety, puppets provide a means to express fears and concerns about social situations. They can rehearse conversations and scenarios with parents using puppets, helping them feel more at ease when interacting with peers and teachers.

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