Have you seen these new Ladybird finger puppet books? Two classic nursery rhymes are bought to life by wiggling cute little finger puppets – a woolly black sheep or a soft leggy spider – along to the rhyme. A lot of fun and so very cute!
To find out a bit more, we asked the Ladybird editors what inspired them to make puppet books and what tips they have for using the books with children.
How did the idea for the hand puppet and finger puppet books come about ?
We wanted to create a book that allowed for greater interaction between parent and child and using a finger or hand puppet is not only a lot of fun, but also a great way to interactively re-enact the story or rhyme. Santa’s Christmas Munch is the first hand puppet book from Ladybird, which shows what Santa gets up to when he’s delivering presents and we followed it with Who’s a Cheeky Monkey?, about a naughty little monkey in the jungle. We now also have the finger puppet book Little Reindeer! which is a perfect Christmas gift, as well as the finger puppet rhyme books Incy Wincy Spider and Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.
The books are really appealing to children, with colourful illustrations, cute puppets and lovely rhythm and rhyme within the humorous text. Rhythm and rhyme are particularly important for speech and language development and understanding how language works is a vital pre-reading skill.
Do you have any tips on how to share these books with children?
There is no right or wrong way to use the books. The puppets will fit adult hands so you can do the wiggling and reading at the same time. Alternatively, encourage your child to use the puppet if he/she wishes to. With the finger puppet rhyme books, you can interactively re-enact the rhyme, making Incy wiggle back up the spout, for example, or Black Sheep bob three times ’for three bags full’.
If you don’t feel very confident or comfortable at doing ‘voices’ when reading, don’t worry, just sharing and enjoying the books creates a treasured experience.
Are these books suitable to use at bedtime?
These books are not designed as bedtime stories as they aren’t necessarily gentle, calming reads. However, any reading at any time of day is good and the puppet books are particularly fun and engaging.
Are there any other puppet books planned?
Ladybird also publish a Peppa Pig puppet play book, Play with Peppa!, which is a real treat if you have a Peppa fan in your house.
The Peppa hand puppet brings Peppa to life for young children and encourages them to participate in the story. There’s lots of opportunity for sharing and interaction as Peppa claps, waves, rubs her eyes and sneezes!
Win Win Win!
We have a bumper selection of FIVE lovely Ladybird puppet books to give away to one of our blog readers. Just leave a comment below letting us know which animal you would love to see made into a Ladybird hand or finger puppet and we’ll pick a winner out of the hat!
Leave a comment by 11am Monday 11th November. The winner will be selected and notified on Tuesday 12th November.
UPDATE 12th November – thank you to everyone who left a comment, we have loved reading all of your suggestions, funny and inspiring! A winner has now been selected and contacted.