Finger Puppets

by sheilamarie

Finger puppets make reading time even more fun! Finger puppets add a special zing to telling a story. Children can retell the story over and over again using finger puppets.

Using finger puppets when telling a story is just plain fun!

And there are so many finger puppets now available that go along with your favorite stories. There are even finger puppet books that have a little cutie attached to the board book, ready to pop out at a moment's notice to your little one's delight.

Come along with me and discover some finger puppets to add a little zip to your story time!

Bringing Life to Stories

Children Can Use Finger Puppets to Tell the Story Again

Finger Puppets and Storytime

You can inject more sparkle to your storytime by adding a few finger puppets to help the story along. Not only do they add to the giggles when you use them to tell the story, they can also help the child to remember the action when he or she retells the story later on.

Children can learn many elements of storytelling, such as sequencing -- telling what happened first, next, and last -- by acting out the story with finger puppets. They can help the child understand the characters, too. 

This article will explore the uses of finger puppets and show you a few you may like. I've included the books that go along with some of these finger puppets as well.

Dr. Seuss Finger Puppets

Accompany One of These Sets with a Dr. Seuss Book for a Great Gift
Cat In Hat Boxed Finger Puppet Set

Enhance the Dr. Seuss reading experience with THE CAT IN THE HAT Finger Puppet from the popular "The Cat in the Hat" series. With these delightful finger puppets you can help ...

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Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Finger Puppet Set

Bring Horton Hears A Who to life with these beautifully crafted finger puppets. Boxed set includes HORTON< KANGAROO, VLAD VLAD-I-KOFF, and WICKERSHAM BORTHER.

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Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Stuffed Character Toy Finger Puppet

Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Stuffed Character Toy Finger Puppet

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Dr. Seuss Classics

Books to Accompany the Puppets
The Cat in the Hat

Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap ...

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Horton Hatches the Egg

It's the talk of the jungle when an elephant hatches an egg. Extravagant nonsense and rollicking verse.

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Horton Hears A Who!

Horton, the lovable elephant, tries to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust. An easy reader with delightful verse and pictures.

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Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, ...

A perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One ...

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Finger Puppets and Storytelling

for Children and Adults

Children feel a sense of accomplishment when they can tell a story on their own. Because a child uses all the senses when trying to remember a story and to tell it again, finger puppets can help in developing the child's memory. The puppet reminds the child what the character looks like. Using the finger puppet also involves more of the child's body in the storytelling and can make the story the child's own. 

When as the adult, you use the finger puppets during story time, too, you are modeling the way to tell a story. You can inject emotion and drama into your voice, using special voices for each character. Your story can reach such levels of hilarity that you will all soon be laughing out loud. Sounds like a fun way to bond with your children, doesn't it?

Other Ways to Use Finger Puppets

Telling Stories with Puppets

Of course, not all stories you want to tell your child will be funny. You can use finger puppets to tell other kinds of stories, too. Children will be more engaged in the story and the characters when puppets are used. And, as mentioned before, the children will have an easier time remembering the story for when they want to tell it themselves.

Telling a story to someone else is the best way I know to remember it. With a little encouragement, your child may be able to retell the story of Christmas to Grandma or to Uncle Fred or even to a baby brother or sister.

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Sources for Finger Puppets and Stories and Books You Can Use with Them

Flnger Puppets
Source for a wide variety of finger puppets.

Animal Finger Puppets
Collection of animal finger puppets. Each finger puppet is accompanied by a rhyme or song you can use with your child.

Books with Built-in Finger Puppets

Fun for the Very Young

Have you ever told a story using a book with an attached finger puppet? When a child is very small, he or she may really enjoy being read this kind of book. There's just enough action to keep the toddler's interest and a curious toddler may spend time trying to figure out how to stick his or her own fingers into the puppet, too. 

Lots of variety is available in books with built-in finger puppets. The boxed set of books below is one collection of finger puppet books. You can buy any number of individual finger puppet books on the Amazon website, too. 

Finger Puppet Books Boxed Set

Little Kitten, Little Puppy, Little Butterfly, Little Bunny
Finger Puppet Playtime Boxed Set: Little Kitten, Little Puppy, Litt...

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Updated: 02/12/2018, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 03/22/2012

I'm with you, Jimmie! The Cat in the Hat is so much more fun when you have the finger puppets to go with it!
Educationinfo4U, I'm glad your niece is enjoying her finger puppets. Great idea for a present!

EducationInfo4U on 01/10/2012

I loooove finger puppets! I gave some as presents to my niece and she is so entertained! Thanks for sharing these great ideas :)

Jimmie on 11/15/2011

Oh my goodness. We had those Thing 1 and Thing 2 finger puppets with the Cat in the Hat. We had so much fun with those adorable finger puppets. The best thing is to have them available as you read aloud. Too much silliness! Great memories.

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