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For Home School Learning Experiences, Play is a Natural Pathway. Puppetools is a Practiced Guide. Leading You Further into Play Than You Ever Imagined.

* Play in Communication (keeps things fresh, spontaneous, and motivating)
* Play with Words (vocabulary’s more fun when your friend always messes up)
* Play with Ideas (create a planet that talks to go with the work assignment)
* Play is a Social agent (a guest always makes the daily schedule more fun)
* Play builds Receptivity (unlike old-school control, compliance, and obedience)
* Play builds self-direction, confidence, and independent thinking
* Play builds the Imagination (productive, active thinking)
* Play builds a healthy brain. Play is mental health.
* Play lets adults take the back seat while the student drives the learning process
* Play in the Home sustains the Family learning culture.

Learn to Use Puppets as Handheld Ideas

* Involve the hand (an important key in learning)
* Use symbols as abstract, living and worldly objects
* Start great conversations
* Conduct interviews, town meetings, talk shows
* Make research fun and interactive
* Promote positive behavior and choice making

For more ideas, visit the Educators and Students areas Share positive lessons and experiences in the Home School forum discussion.

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Read what Home Schoolers Say About Puppetools:

They made a mouse, a pikachu (pokemon), and a bird, and they needed no prodding to play, they just took right off and got very silly with the puppets. I'd say that was exactly the point – the kids create a puppet and play follows naturally.

--K. Davis


Somehow, adults missed the boat when they began formal education. They forgot that learning can be fun, and anything learned while having fun is remembered long after the lesson stops. This site does an excellent job of presenting this “new” concept.

--Renee Walker

The information provided about education is excellent, and today's parents should engage their children in play to facilitate learning. We use puppets at church in Sunday School, but it never crossed my mind to use them in my homeschool. This has opened up a lot of new possibilities for us, and I am grateful.

The kids adore them. They love the "hinge" mouth. They like to feed the puppy and giggle when the puppy takes the food from their little hands. It has brought a lot of joy to our house lately. I have been ill, and the kids have been entertaining me with wonderful puppet shows!

I think that if you like the idea of puppets, but you are not sure where to start then Puppetools is an excellent resource for you! If you are an experienced puppeteer, you might benefit from the educational information and resources available on Puppetools.com. E.M.

The ideas for use were invaluable. I never imagined that puppets could be used in so many different ways/circumstances.

--Carie


I do hope, wholeheartedly, that many will take up the call expressed by Jeff Peyton. That educators, both at home and in the public school system, will become more creative as they teach, will teach in ways that help children learn and have fun! This website has encouraged me to do this.

-- Stacy K.


I showed my daughter how to fold the puppet mouth hinge shown on Puppetools and suggested that she pick one of the many patterns available on the Puppetools site. She instead opted to create her own creature, which she called Guss the Gloof, a Dr. Seuss-ish character who doesn’t care much for tooth brushing but likes to get treats. She folded a sleeping bag/living quarters for him using an origami pattern. She later made a whole family of Gloofs in different colors, including a girl one with a bow on her head and a boy one with braces.







This site was a good reminder for me that playing is how children learn best. I’ve been stressed about my children not being up to par in their academics so I’ve been cracking the whip and they’re not liking it. The Puppetools site gave me lots of reasons to make learning fun again.

I needed some fresh ideas on how to educate my children. My brain sort of checked out on me the last couple of years and I feel like I just woke up after a very long sleep. Someone like me could certainly use a leg up in the imagination department. The patented puppet mouth hinge is extremely simple but useful. I think I’m going to use it to make some puppets for my son once he’s done with preschool. I just now noticed the segment on using puppets in special ed. so that’s something I’m going to have to take advantage of. Ooh! I can use puppets now to help teach my son some Bible stories. I can’t seem to get his interest while reading most of my Bible story books and I’ve tried several. He only very recently started paying attention if it’s a story his Sunday School teacher has presented before hand.



Yes, we are using a full, "real" curriculum. But if there is an opportunity to teach through play and experience rather than sitting down with a textbook, I always choose the former. At first I was unsure exactly why the subscription cost would be worth while, but going through the site, I realized that it is overflowing with resources for teachers and parents. There are hundreds of examples of puppets, step by step instructions for constructing puppets, how to include puppets in curriculum, and “workshops” on play in learning and particularly the benefits of puppet play. Martha

the next time you have new information to teach your child, try using a puppet to do the teaching! You may just be surprised by how much your child enjoys the time spent together as well as how well they retain the information learned in a fun way. Candace

He loved the ideas behind
creating them and now has a puppet box in
his room with supplies for making his puppets
and a box for keeping the made puppets in. Take
a look at some of his creations.




We started out with simple shapes . Like a broccoli
puppet (not shown) a pink berry, an orange
pirate and a worm to eat them all.

Later he progressed to little men..



The green guy is actually a cucumber guy. :)


And now Christmas would be complete without
a talking/singing Christmas tree.



Thank you Puppet tools I think my son
has a new hobby. :)

--Nikki


I mistakenly assumed that making puppets with my children was just a crafty activity that ended with clean up. I have learned that we as parents can use puppets to actually teach our children. What they learn is limited only by our own imagination. After we had made several of the puppets from the website, the kids started designing and creating their own puppets. We spent several days creating, playing, and learning with our masterpieces.

--Crystal


So it was a surprise to see my boys satisfied with making rudimentary puppets and running around playing with them. Why, their dogs didn't even have whiskers! This was all backwards to me, but just perfect for them.

--Jenn

At that point I emailed Mr. Peyton with a few questions and he gave me some very awesome advice to just let the kids have fun with them! So that is what we did. We studied on the mechanics of what we needed to do and the kids picked out their favorite pattern. We colored, glued, cut and constructed our puppets. What I saw was creativity spring to life that I had not realized was there. As soon as the my 3 year olds puppet was done she began talking in a puppet voice and interacting with us through her puppet. She was entranced and smiling from ear to ear! All of my children followed suit. They finished their puppets with delight and were very excited that mom made one too! They later put together a puppet show and presented it to the rest of the family. With all of my planning I am so glad that I took Mr Peyton's advice and first let my kids have some fun with them.

As days passed we then incorporated into our lessons some puppets that I constructed. I was amazed at how "Leapy" our frog could talk to our younger ones about how it makes him sad when they are not nice to each other. They would listen and be kinder. I found many times that "Leapy" was softer spoken and explained better why it is necessary to behave a certain way or why we needed to do things that we did not want to do in a more child friendly way than Mom does sometimes. I feel there is a lot of creativity and lessons that can be learned from using Puppetools. Through play children can learn so much without even realizing they are learning. What a fun way to help your children thrive. I have to say if you would have told me that I would of liked this website and eventually come around to incorporate this into our home schooling I would of said NO WAY. I am very glad that I kept an open mind and tried it. Watching my children have so much fun and love their puppets was well worth it!

I have two special needs children. One is ADD and the other ADHD it has been a blessing for each of these children to use puppets to help them focus. Who would of known that a puppet could do so much! They have also used the puppets to help better express their own feelings that they normally would struggle trying to expressing in their own words. Having to "make" the puppet talk helps keep their fingers busy and their minds going. Give it a try and see what doors you can open for your child.



These puppets would be useful for teachers, homeschoolers, or Sunday School. I personally will be using them for teaching my Music For Young Children classes as I incorporate puppets in them, as well as for homeschooling.

--Kimberly


We made "Greedy Duck" using the Puppetools hinge. We used it to do greater than/less than math problems. Greedy Duck loves to chomp the bigger numbers; hence you can imagine his bill as the > sign. His greedy bill always faces the larger number. Big Sis had a lot of fun with this and the greater than/less than concept came to life for her.

--Sara


I "google" all sorts of stuff, looking for information and ideas, but, I would have never thought to "google" puppet making on the internet.

WOW! Jeff Peyton has packed the web site with information and videos. If you are interested in the "why bother" of using puppets and imaginary play, it's there! You'll find a wealth of information about development here.

If you have a child with developmental delays in fine motor skills, folding the actual hinge makes for a GREAT fine motor activity!

--Penny


Yes, we are using a full, "real" curriculum. But if there is an opportunity to teach through play and experience rather than sitting down with a textbook, I always choose the former. “

At first I was unsure exactly why the subscription cost would be worth while, but going through the site, I realized that it is overflowing with resources for teachers and parents. There are hundreds of examples of puppets, step by step instructions for constructing puppets, how to include puppets in curriculum, and “workshops” on play in learning and particularly the benefits of puppet play.

--Leah





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