Because there are some playthings that never go out of style . . . Next time your tots want to put on a show, give them the props to tell the tale of their choosing with puppets. These decidedly low-tech toys are a great way to spur little imaginations, and the options are endless when it comes to genre and design. Here are 11 of our favorite finds to ensure that the next puppet production in your house is the performance of a lifetime!
Stuffed animals sit on shelves, but puppets make magic happen. No matter how old you are it's hard to resist a singing, dancing or talking plush toy. And, the handheld performers can be entertaining and educational for kids— stimulating their imaginations and encouraging creative play. Tots use fine motor skills to move the puppets and tune their verbal skills through storytelling.
All you need to concoct a stage is an empty box or the back of a sofa, but if you want to provide a theater-like experience, many puppet theaters are on the market. From large, free-standing stages, to tabletop versions designed for finger puppets, there's one to satisfy any imaginative mind.
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