A professor of surgery, Professor Kneebone, (Yes really) has told the BBC he has seen a decline in manual dexterity in his students which has led to them becoming “less competent and less confident” in using their hands. He’s put this down to the use of technology as well as less creative subjects being taught in schools.
However, better dexterity is not only a crucial skill for surgeons but it’s also needed for everyday things in life, whether its sewing on a button or even tying your shoelaces, our fine motor skills are necessary, and it’s vital that children from a young age are given the opportunity to develop them.
So how can you help young children to develop their fine motor skills?
Puppet making is an ideal activity for this because it has all the elements from teaching children how to use a scissors through to holding pens or pencils as well as basic sewing skills.
It’s also great for boosting their imaginations and creativity because they learn how to use different materials and media.
Another benefit is that they learn to work together collaboratively so they learn team building skills which again will be a crucial skill they will need as they go through life.
Puppet making also helps them to develop their speaking and listening skills as well as increasing their vocabulary.
Put puppet making together with stories and you really do have a winning combination that’s versatile, fun and engaging for children of all ages – and the adults enjoy it too!!
So to find out more about puppet making and creative storytelling and how you can help the future generations feel free to get in touch.