Hand Puppets

hand puppets

Encourage language by singing songs that are repetitive. Old MacDonald is my go-to song!! These hand puppets will also help with motor and social skills.

Here are some ways to target each skill:

  • Language : Have your kiddo identify and label each animal. Have them imitate animal sounds. Leave phrases out while singing and have your kiddo fill them in.
  • Motor : Model for your kiddo how to use their fingers to move the puppet’s hands. Move one hand at a time. Move them both together.
  • Social : Have each animal interact with each other and say something about themself. For example, the horse can say, “I’m brown. I eat apples.”

Have fun playing!!

Teaching colors

As with any task, when you’re first teaching a new subject, always pair the label with the item. It’s going to take time before the child can say the name of the color, so stay away from asking “What color is it?”.
imageCheck the level of the child. Start by matching the colors. As the child matches, label it for them. I like to use the phrase “Match, blue with blue” etc.

If the child is not able to match independently, set up a positional prompt to increase the chances of getting the answer correct. Praise! Praise! Praise!

Learning is suppose to be fun. If the task is too hard, the child will get frustrated and probably won’t want to do it again. Keep it simple. It might not click right away, and that’s ok!! Just keep practicing!