Puppet play is imaginative and open-ended for children. Most of us have played with puppets when we were young. People always think the use of puppets were mainly for entertainment purposes just like every other toy that we owned. However, puppet is actually a very useful tool to communicate with children as children can engage to it so readily. There are many educators worldwide are using puppets to instill learning in children too. In addition, puppet play is suitable for children with autism as it benefits them a lot especially in developing skills needed in daily life and below are some of the examples:
1. Communication, creativity and social skills
Children can develop speaking and listening skills through puppet play because they often communicate more easily with puppets. Also, puppetry stimulates imagination of children and gives them more confidence to express their ideas and feelings. They make up the roles, rules and situations and solution by their own. Besides that, puppetry allows those shy children can become acquainted with other people through the roles they take on.
2. Motor skills
When using fingers to control the puppets, children can train and improve their fine motor skills. This way he is able to learn which finger he needs to wriggle in order to make the puppet’s arm or leg move. What a way to coordinate brain-hand coordination!
3. Emotional development
Some of the children are shy and withdrawn sometimes causes parents have a hard time coaxing them to express their feeling. If it is the case, the puppet can become a “friend” that children can share their feeling and thinking to, without the discomfort. This ensure that the children have a safe space to release and vent their emotions. They can even use the puppets to communicate with their parents about their feelings.
木偶戏需要富有想象力，对孩子们来说是属于开放式的玩乐。 我们大多数人在童年时都玩过木偶。人们总是认为木偶的使用主要是以娱乐为目的，就像我们拥有的其他玩具一样。然而，木偶实际上是一个非常有效与儿童沟通的工具，因为孩子们更容易及愿意地接触它。全世界有许多教育工作者正在使用木偶来灌输儿童学习。 此外，木偶戏适合自闭症儿童，因为它对他们有很大帮助，尤其是在日常生活中需要的技能，以下是一些例子：