A very important factor in your toddler’s development is taking part in imaginative play. This is partly because imaginative play is a natural way for children to both learn about and express their understanding of their world. So what exactly is imaginative play? Imaginary play happens when children use their imaginations to create pretend and make-believe scenarios. One way to encourage imaginary play is through the use of toy figurines, puppets and dolls, for example. Today’s post is a great way to get your tot excited about using puppets because it has the added elements of light and shadows!
On alternating Fridays I blog about the final activity of our current theme
This week’s Theme:Dinosaurs
Activity Description: Make a shadow box puppet theater
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Language, creative, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months
- Make your shadow box puppet theater (Find a medium sized box to use)
1. Use a box cutter knife to cut out the front and back of your box but leave a boarder so that your box will retain its structural integrity. (Our box already had one side removed, so we only cut out the front). Also if you desire you could cut out the sides too, to see the shadows from different angles.
2. Use lightly coloured poster paper to cover the hole. Measure, cut, and secure with tape (ensure there are no wrinkles or holes in the paper)
- Puppets – You can make puppets and place them onto a popsicle stick or straw, or you can gather figurines and tape a stick or straw to them.
- Play! – Find a darkened area, use a flash light or similar to shine into your shadow box puppet theater and have fun making & watching little scenarios.
Have a great weekend, we’ll see you on Monday with a new theme and lots more fun learning!