Quiet Time Activity For Kids:

Puppet making quiet bin

This puppet making quiet bin is open ended, meaning there is no right or wrong way to play with it. Such activities are some of my kids’ favorite activities. It also only uses a few easy to find supplies which won't break the bank.

This activity is inspired by ideas from Puppet making quiet bin.

This activity is great to teach your kids:

Fine motor skills involve movement of the smaller muscle groups in your child's hands, fingers, and wrists.

Developing fine motor skills will help your child to write and prepares her for school. But it will also help your children with everyday tasks like eating, and dressing themselves.

Creative activities help children express themselves and create something from nothing, explore materials and activities and use their imagination.

Literacy includes reading, writing, and speaking. It is the basis of any child’s learning.

Literacy skills can be taught from baby age with playful games and activities, and continues to be taught at school age where literacy instruction is more formal than just play.

Colour recognition activities helps children get to know the different colors and color blending and matching.

Step 1

Make one puppet as an example

Step 2

Gather all the supplies

Step 3

Cut the pipecleaners in half and place everything in a quiet bin

Step 4

Show your kids how to play

My preschooler enjoyed making and playing with this puppet making quiet bin but I played with him. I first made a puppet for him then asked him to make his own. He was resistant and asked me to make one for him. I guided him and asked questions and encouraged him to add the pipecleaners himself.

I had to keep the beads away from my toddler daughter since she's under 3 and beads are a choking hazard. So if one of your kids are under 3 you can skip the beads and not use it. It's not necessary to use beads but it is a great fine motor activity for over 3s.

We made 3 puppets and had a few imaginary conversations with the puppets.

The pipcleaners are nice and simple to twist around the popsicle sticks and easy to bend for arms and legs. The beads have been added as hands and feet, and the pencil for drawing a face. Of course the creation of these puppets is just the very first step to this quiet bin. The magic really comes from all that imaginative play after they are built.
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