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Puppets have long provided entertainment for young and old alike. Puppetry is now probably more familiar through television than live performance, but it still flourishes throughout the world. Children who have difficulty with expression and feeling find security in projecting themselves into another character. Creativity and interest develop as children are allowed to express themselves through dramatization with puppet characters.
There are many different types of puppets. They can range in complexity from the very simple finger puppet to a detailed marionette puppet. When used correctly, all can be used effectively in storytelling.
During the first five years of life, the way in which children are fed - or not fed - not only affects their physical health but also has profound consequences for their emotional and social development. The goals of the feeding relationship between adult and child are to promote the health of the child while at the same time establish feelings of safety, security, and attachment.
Children are curious and believe the world to be their playground. They often do not understand the dangers and rules you may set. There is no guarantee that a play area is truly "safe." It is your job to keep it safe by being observant and never leaving children unattended. Children's behavior is often unpredictable and young children are not ready to make safe decisions without your help.
The amount of supervision depends on the age of the child or children. Children ages two to six need constant supervision during play. They are slowly developing muscle and balance while also learning about spatial relationships and how to solve problems. Keep careful watch as they explore their environment.
Allowing a child to participate in art is a fun way to let them explore the development of their creativity. "Art" can encompass a variety of different things. Whether the project be an outdoor mud pie, or a writing utensil on a blank sheet of paper, a child is able to create a unique masterpiece - something of which they can be proud. Let children get involved and be creative whenever the opportunities arise.
Giving a child an outlet for all types of play is an important piece to their development. Allowing a child to be outside and explore nature is one way to encourage positive growing experiences. Offering quiet books, busy bags and other small toys can help a child explore their world in a different way than is offered by outdoor play. Both types of play are of equal importance.