Mixing the old into the new

Anumeha Fatehpuria

Education is a long and ever evolving journey, and as children go along this path, there are several things that they have to learn. When they are younger, teachers use resources that are colourful and attractive; even the classroom walls have colourful pin-ups and every teacher attempts to make the classroom visually appealing. When working with younger children, especially from the stage of infancy to grade school, it is important to use teaching resources that are fun, attractive and interactive. Puppets are an excellent way to teach concepts and generally communicate with children in class.

puppet Puppets are attractive to children because they are colourful, malleable, and interactive. Puppets can be as simple or as complex as we like. They can be made very easily, keeping the topic or theme in mind. All we need are a few simple materials and a bit of imagination to put them together.

Here is an example of a simple math lesson made fun with puppets. These tiny one minute puppets can be taken apart after the lesson.

The concept being taught – less and more. Since it was the month of October and Dussehra was the theme around the school, we made a bunch of tiny puppets using coloured one inch, cylindrical foam pegs – otherwise used for colour sorting – and strips of paper.

Making the puppets
Take two pegs and stack them one on top of the other. Then secure them by wrapping a strip of paper 1.5 inches by 4 inches around them. You could draw patterns or outlines of soldiers’ uniforms on the paper, or get the children to draw them.

The author is an educator, and as a performance storyteller she travels around the country using stories as one of the ways to bring a change in the way children learn. She can be reached at anumeha.fatehpuria@gmail.com.

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