Best Animal Puppets for Children

PuppetsTalk for the Animals with your Hands.

Children enjoy the world of fantasy and playacting.  When my own children were little, puppets were one of their favorite toys to own. Not only did they have a pet, they had a toy and inspiration for creativity.

Puppets are a tremendous way to teach children.  They love having animals as teachers.  It is amazing how easily they retain what they hear from the mouth of a puppet!

Oh, but the truly fun part is watching them use a puppet to teach the other puppets what they have learned.

 

A World of Entertainment, Creativity & Education

Please allow me to introduce you to Kitty

 

Kitty will be our personal guide for this tour through puppet-land.  

(Kitty is available for purchase by simply clicking her photo)

Kitty will lead the way to a world of entertainment, creativity and education!

Kitty will show you a bunch of wonderful animal puppets, from full-sized hand puppets to finger puppets, in sets and as individual creatures.  They are separated into groups of like animals, such as farm animals or wild animals.

Kitty will also share a few fun facts to help you get started using puppets for education.  Children will be so entertained, they won’t even realize they are learning.

Enjoy!

 

Where and When to Begin

 1 Dozen Velour Animal Hand PuppetsCheck Price

It’s never too early to start your child playing with puppets, even if at first they’re on grownups hands.  Babies can learn — and laugh — by watching and listening to the animals, who’ll come to life with sounds and voices they’ll at first think come right from the puppets.

Your child and his or her friends will have hours of creative fun with this set of soft animal hand puppets, including a cow, a cat, a dog, a zebra and more.

 

A Whole Menagerie of Animal Puppets

I really do love the sets! It is so much fun to have the various animals “interact” with each other and to also talk to you!

This assortment of 8-inch puppets all have arms and legs and are made of super soft velour.

 

Domestic Farm Animal Hand Puppets

 Aurora World 10Check Price

Children love animals, but not all of us live close to a farm.  These animal puppets are a wonderful way to have the farm brought home!

As a parent, we can use these puppets to teach our children about farm animals.  What they contribute to a farm, what they eat, where they sleep, or for that matter how they sleep.

A farm would simply not be complete without a cow, now would it?

This is a 10-inch cow made by Aurora, a leader in the character and contents industry since 1981.

 

A Few Fun Facts About Farm Animals

Just to Help You Get Started!

  1. Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they can make for communicating and they are the closest living relative to a T-Rex.
  2. Pigs are considered to be the 4th most intelligent animal (after chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants)
  3. Horses have bigger eyes than any other land mammal.
  4. Horses most frequently sleep in a standing position.  Lying down is actually more stressful for a horse than standing.
  5. Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves without having to turn their head.
  6. Cows are vegetarians.  (Well, the real scientific word is herbivore, but you just might be trying to encourage you child to eat their vegetables.

 

The Cow Wants Company

When the cow wants company, we will need a horse, a few sheep, a pig and don’t forget the chicken!

Watch the whole room come to life with live stock!  Perfecting the animal sounds might take a bit of practice, but what fun we will have and who know, before you know it, we all might be able to snort, baa and nay ourselves right to sleep.

 Aurora Plush 10Check Price Folkmanis Chicken Two-Handed PuppetCheck Price The Puppet Company White Sheep Long Sleeved Glove PuppetCheck Price Folkmanis Pig 15in Stage PuppetCheck Price

 

Wild Animal Puppets

King of the Beasts Puppet

 Melissa & Doug Rory the Lion PuppetCheck Price

I love going to the zoo and I really do love all of the zoo animals.  Bring those animals to life right in you own home with these wonderful wild animal puppets.

There is so much to learn about how animals interact with each other.  How they, too have “families”.  These puppets provide a wonderful opportunity for us to teach our children all about the animal kingdom without them being in any danger.

Move this large lion puppet with two hands — one hand to open and close his mouth and the other to work the removable wooden rod to gesture.  The rod is suitable for right hand use and lefties.

 

A Few Fun Facts About Wild Animals

  1. The roar of a lion can be heard 5 miles (8 kilometers) away.
    (Never hurts to throw a bit of measure conversions in there too.)
  2. Elephants don’t like peanuts!
  3. A giraffe can clean his ears with his own tongue.
  4. Polar bears have black fur under their white fur.
  5. Today, there are more tigers held in captivity than are in the wild.

 

More Wild Animal Puppets

A zoo would not be complete without the lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes & monkeys.  I know, you thought I was going to say “bears” and you are right.  We need bears to add to our beautiful, not so ferocious, animal kingdom!

 Aurora World 10Check Price Aurora Plush 10Check Price Aurora World 10Check Price Folkmanis Little Polar Bear PuppetCheck Price Hape – Beleduc – Monkey Glove PuppetCheck Price

 

Animal Finger Puppets

 Story Time Finger Puppets – 10 pcs Velvet Animal and 6 pcs Soft Plush Family Puppets With BonusCheck Price

Finger puppet sets are a great way to build your puppet collection quickly.  They also ensure that all of the puppets will be approximately the same size.

Finger puppet are truly a lot of fun!  They can go just about anywhere with you.  Hey, you could even start your own roaming theater act.

Have Puppets!

Will Travel!

Puppets are easy to fold up, stick in a tote bag or simply wear on your hands and fingers.

 

Puppet Shows at Home

Children love entertaining everyone with little puppet shows, especially the kind they create, change and adapt as they go along.  An improvisation can almost never be repeated and certainly not in exactly the same way.

To add to the fun with puppets, you may well wish to add a puppet home theater to your child’s playroom or bedroom.   They will love it!

Here are some theaters you may want to consider:  Home Puppet Theaters For Kids

 

 

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