How puppet making can play a crucial role in developing a child’s dexterity!

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.

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How to change stories.

Today is the last our Top 10 Tips of Storytelling.We hope you have found them useful in the run up to National Storytelling Week (28th Jan – 4th Feb). We would love to hear what stories you are sharing with your class/setting, so why not share them with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Today’s tip is all about how you can change stories, improvise. The video also includes a tip on how to adapt a story for children with EAL.

Hope you enjoyed the tips. We’ve certainly learned a lot whilst making them as these are the first videos we have made ourselves.

How to use your hands whilst telling stories

#NationalStorytellingWeek is almost here and here we are with tip 9 of our Top 10 tips of stoytelling in the classroom. This video is all about how to use your hands to draw the audience in when you are telling stories to children and keep them engaged, plus how not to over do it.

How to choose stories to tell to children

We’re back with tip 8 of the Top 10 tips of storytelling in the classroom.

Today’s tip is all about choosing stories children can interact with or adding things to a story for them into interact. This is where the breakdown of the story from tip 2 comes in handy so you remind yourself where to add them.

Tip 7 how to use your face

Today top tip for when you are telling stories to children is how to use your eyes and face to keep everyone’s attention.

Using you face is a great way to build energy and keep everyone engaged. So don’t worry about those laughter lines, get that face moving.

How to keep everyone’s attention when telling a story

Today’s is tip 6 of the Top 10 Tips of Storytelling and it’s all about how you use your voice to keep everyone’s attention. This is just as important if you are reading a story as it is when you are telling one.

Here is today’s tip

Tip 5: Setting the Scene

Our tip today is all about setting the scene before you start to tell a story. We do this to build excitement for the story and it is a great opportunity for learning.

It’s very easy to skip this step but it helps to build energy and if you give a bit of background first it helps to stop some children’s attention from wandering because they haven’t worked out what the story is all about.

Discussion about stories is so important because you can teach so much by giving a context tot he the knowledge. For instance if I’m telling Pojo Saves the Rainforest I always ask what they think a rainforest is like afters a discussion I always bring it back by asking, ” Well let’s see if you are right?”  Then at the end of the story we can pick that point back up.

You might ask questions about:

  • When a story is set
  • Where is is set
  • The main characters and what they are like
  • Situations in the story e.g. getting lost.

Hope that helps, I would love to know what you think about the tips.