A puppet is an inanimate object animated or manipulated by a puppeteer. It is used in puppetry, which is a very ancient form of theatre. There are many different varieties of puppets, and they are made of a wide range of materials, depending on their form and intended use.
Puppetry by its nature is a flexible and inventive medium and many puppet companies work with combinations of puppet forms and incorporate real objects into their performances.
They might for example incorporate performing objects such as paper snippets for snow, or a signboard with words as narrative devices within a production.
From a didactic point of view, puppets are useful educational tools to develop communicative skills, the relationship between thought and language and the ability to put oneself in another’s role. The didactic use of puppets also promotes social skills, decision-making skills and human values related to children’s own experiences.
In general, you can make puppets out of almost everything once you use your fantasy! Different types can also be combined.
The use of puppets enables children to practice their storytelling techniques such as playing a role, using different points of view and expressing their thoughts and feelings through another medium. Puppets can be important for helping foster early literacy.