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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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May 7th storytime: cats, cats, cats!

We got our meows on at story time this week, as we read stories and sang songs about cats. Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them,wheels on the bus, have you ever seen a cat go this way and that, I’ve got a cat on my knee, 5 little kittens, there’s a cat in my little red wagon, big A little A, where is big (little) cat, Simon Says

Activities:

pet, look at, and describe cat puppets, ring bells when they saw a picture of a cat in Feathers For Lunch (after discussing the word c-a-t)

Books:

Cookie’s Week

Feathers For Lunch

Black Cat White Cat

Asides:

#1: I told the adults about the early skill vocabulary, which means knowing the names of things, having words to describe things, and knowing that there are various words for the same object

#2: adding activities or songs that mesh well with a book will increase your child’s enjoyment and retention of the new vocabulary

#3: learning about concepts such as opposites can be a great way to help children develop vocabulary about things that are real but can’t be seen (includes concepts such as opposites)

We had a good time snoring at the library!

Lane Library book information

Cookie’s Week

Feathers For Lunch

Black Cat White Cat

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