Using puppet play for important life skills
2 October 2018
My activity idea is great for covering Physical Development: Health and self-care. I use our much-loved puppet, Bertie, to show children the importance of good hygiene.
My activity idea is great for covering Physical Development: Health and self-care. I use our much-loved puppet, Bertie, to show children the importance of good hygiene. The puppet is the type that you can put your arms through, and I make him do things like cough without covering his mouth, wipe his nose on his sleeve, pick his nose – things like that!
The children love telling Bertie where he’s going wrong and what he should be doing to practise good health and hygiene habits. I also use the puppet to teach children basic Makaton signing, building this into the activity. For example, Bertie will ask for a drink and biscuit using Makaton, or he’ll make the sign for the toilet. We have a child at our group who uses Makaton quite a bit, so it’s nice to incorporate some signing into the activity and we also use signing during circle time songs and rhymes. Some of my colleagues are learning Makaton at the moment.
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