Today's tip: have a puppet show!
When I saw that the puppet show post was on deck for Tip #8, I was a little worried. We've been busy and I've had little time for puppet costuming and set design. But something happened yesterday at school that made me realize that it doesn't have to be so hard. Yesterday, in a book with Father Bear and Baby Bear, I did a puppet show to the dialogue using only my hands. I did a puppet-less puppet show. And if I do say so myself, I brought down the house.*
This slacker puppet show had my right hand as Baby Bear and my left as Father Bear. (No symbolism intended, Father Bear is not "sinister." In fact, I find him to be overly patient with Baby Bear sometimes.) I held my right arm lower and used amazing character voices. I raised my arm up when Baby Bear climbed a tree, peeking out of the hole in the tree with quick turns left and right.
After the show, the kids made their own hands be puppets and they thought of things the characters might say. It was incredibly fun and required them to really think about the characters. I think "Puppet-less Character Puppet Re-readings and Possible Conversations" needs to be in my bag of tricks. I can't wait to try this with the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, always a favorite at our house!
*Or in this case, I brought down the kidney table.