Pretend Play Forever!
I love pretend play. Like, a lot. Like, more than the average adult, and maybe even more than the average child. As a kid, I was a total daydreamer, and it's a habit I've never really quite shaken. My love of imagination has totally panned out for me in my adult life, because I grew up to become a preschool teacher where learning happens through pretend and role play, and now I get to share in it even more as a mom! Literacy is also a huge part of what I love and what I do. I've devoured books for as long as I can remember, and it's a trait I definitely want to pass on to my children and students. In order to nurture that love of reading and books early on, you do what you gotta do, right? And these are all the reasons why I'm a pretty big fan of puppets.
Puppets are so helpful and just plain fun when it comes to expanding kids' imaginations! Through puppets, children can learn role playing, social skills, and expand their world views beyond themselves. And who doesn't love to mix up story time every so often with an exciting puppet character and a silly voice? Even Noah, who's just 9 months old, gets excited when I pull out one of his puppets for story time, play or even bath time! Our favorite puppet at the moment is his Shark Softy from Cate & Levi! Cate & Levi is a Canadian-based company that is award-winning for their designs and use of reclaimed materials. You can shop Shark Softy and tons of his other friends here, and I'm so excited to be able to offer you 15% off your order of $30 or more using the promo code ihelpmoms15 at checkout!
We also love to go the DIY route and make our own puppets out of socks and yarn, or brown paper bags and construction paper shapes glued down to make faces; I do this several times a year in my early childhood classroom. Cate & Levi also offer kits to make your own puppets if you want the DIY route made easy.
There is so much for littles to see and learn through puppet play! It's easy to forget the basics of childhood with all the bright lights and sounds of modern toys on the market, so it's nice to be reminded that babies can love simple just as much as they do all the bells and whistles. Get down on the ground with your babies and play pretend the good old fashioned way this week!