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Play ideas and activities Puppets — He keretao Stages: 3 to 5 years

Why do it?

Why do it? — He aha e mahi ai?

Making and playing with puppets gives tamariki an opportunity to:

  • create characters and tell or retell stories about them
  • strengthen fine motor skills through cutting, drawing, sticking or gluing
  • have a fun activity using everyday items
  • work alongside others when making puppets and using them for storytelling.

How to do it

How to do it — Te tikanga mō tēnei mahi

  • Keep the puppets simple. You can make them using ice block sticks, pieces of wood or driftwood, or even just your fingers. Draw the faces directly on to the puppets, or draw them on paper or card and stick the faces on the puppets with tape.
  • Make hair, facial features or clothing from paper or card, or use found materials like bits of fur, feathers, wool, wood shavings or string.
  • Encourage your tamaiti to think of ideas for materials to use.
  • Ask them about the character they’ve made:
    • Where do they live?
    • What do they like to eat?
    • Where are they going and why?
    • Can you tell me a story about your puppet?
  • Join in with your own puppet.
  • Act out a story you’ve been reading together, a legend you’ve told them, an event you’ve shared or one that’s coming up.

Using more reo Māori

Puppet

Keretao

Character

Āhuatanga

Face

Kanohi

Hair

Makawe

Eyes

Whatu

Ears

Taringa

Nose

Ihu

Mouth

Waha

Lips

Ngutu

Fur

Huruhuru

Feathers

Awe

What’s your puppet’s name?

Ko wai te ingoa o tō keretao?

Where does she live?

Kei hea tāna kainga?

What does he eat?

He aha tāna kai?

Where is she going?

E haere ana ia ki hea?

Why?

He aha ai?