Puppetry Across the Curriculum
In math the task may be to find out the number that comes after five. For the child who is confident of the answer the puppet would tell the child "You are correct. Well done !" For the child who is not sure the puppet (in the child's hand and voice) would give an answer and the teacher could use humor telling the puppet "You are having a little joke with us. You know that the number that comes after five is six. It's a good job you have your friend here to help you out" These kinds of scenarios take the sting out of wrong answers and give the struggling child a voice to hide behind.
Chants and songs provide wonderful opportunities to use puppets. Provide a clean sock for each student and ask them to pull it over their hand and arm with the heel on top of their hand. Demonstrate how to make a mouth by pushing some of the sock into their fist. Move fingers and make the mouth talk. Suggest that the puppets reply to each other chanting statements e.g. Who likes me? (Puppets reply: My friend). Who is kind to me? (Puppets reply: My friend) Who helps me? (Puppets reply: My friend)
Your class has been chosen to take part in the morning announcements, or in an assembly. Introduce the class to announcements through a puppet. Ask each student to draw a picture of himself or herself. Color and cut out the pictures and attach to Popsicle sticks. Practice the announcements with each child holding up their puppet.
Use a puppet to demonstrate good health habits e.g. the puppet sneezes. Ask students what the puppet should do so that germs are not spread. Give the puppet a Kleenex to use.
Provide pairs of students with a puppet each. Encourage them to talk to each other, through the puppets, about bullying. Often children are not comfortable talking about an incident that may have happened to them, but, through the puppet, they are able to act it out.