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early literacy at home–puppets

Adding  puppet play to the reading of your child’s favorite books will increase their enjoyment of the books and help your child make connections to the stories.   You don’t even have to purchase the puppets–puppet making can be a fun and easy activity to do with your child at home.

You can make puppets out of small paper lunch bags.  Use whatever materials you have on hand to decorate the paper bags.  You can attach stickers and glue on feathers, paper scraps, fabric, buttons, googly eyes, sequins, gift wrap–whatever your imagination and craft drawers yield.  Just be sure to keep safety in mind as you make your choices.   Remember too that the bottom flap of the bag will the head and mouth of the paper bag puppet so decorate accordingly.  Once your puppets are decorated, show your child how to stick the bag on their hand and how to make the puppet talk (by moving the bottom flap with your hand inside the bag).

Craft sticks (also known as popsicle sticks or tongue depressors) can also be used, along with paper plate or construction paper shapes.  Just decorate the shape with crayons or markers, or design and color a puppet on the paper plate.  You can cut the plate in half to make it easier for your child to handle.    You can even glue on yarn for hair, and wiggly eyes.  Then use strong tape to attach the shape to the craft stick.  Voila, a puppet!

Have fun acting out your favorite books with puppets!

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book some fun

Book some fun with teeth! 

First, read the book Tabitha’s Terrifically Tough Tooth by Charlotte Middleton (Lane Library info here), and find out just how tough teeth can be.  After you have read the book together, tell your child to go smile really big at himself or herself in the mirror. How many teeth do they see?  How many of them are loose?  Talk with your child about what happens when they lose a tooth.  For more information for parents to read on tooth loss, click here, and for information on teeth to share with your child, click here

After your child has determined how many loose teeth they have, or may soon have, it’s time to make a tooth envelope.  Start with an envelope.  Any size will do, but the best envelopes to use for this craft are the small manila-type ones made to hold keys (you can find these at any office supply store).   Have your child use markers, stickers, felt pieces, and other craft materials to decorate the outside of the envelope.   Be sure that any items glued on  are firmly attached to the surface of the envelope.  Have or help your child write their name on one side on the envelope.   You could even design multiple envelopes, one for each loose tooth!  If you do make an envelope for each lost tooth, be sure to include the date, as well.

Have fun finding out about teeth and making a tooth envelope!

For more information and activities on losing a tooth, click here.

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