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Four Ways Kids Can Make Mother’s Day Perfect

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many kids are trying to figure out what they can do for the special moms in their lives. As toddlers and preschooler begin to understand the concept of Mother’s Day, there are plenty of ways they can make this day wonderful. Here are four ways that kids can make this special date perfect with the use of their toys:

Puppet show: Instead of heading out to a movie or play, your little ones can do the entertaining! Your little actors and actresses can put on a puppet show for all the lovely ladies celebrating Mother’s Day in your home.

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Whip up a yummy treat: Put your little chef to the test. If the kids ask what mom wants for her amazing day, suggest a delicious dessert or meal made from one of their play kitchens. Many of our customers have told us their kids like to serve them “coffee” with their play kitchens so you could also ask for a fresh cup of Joe!

Heart of the Home Kitchen

Tidy up: Now this might be a far stretch for some kids, but maybe you have been waiting for your kids to clean their room for awhile. If they have a toy box, chest or dresser, entice them to put their toys away and surprise mom with a nice clean room!

Lift & Hide Bookcase Storage Chest

Craft a masterpiece: Your mini Picassos can create a magnificent piece of artwork with their art desk or easel. Their work of art will surely deserve a special spot on the fridge or to be placed in a frame showcased for everyone to see.

Doodle Art EAsel Studio Art Desk in the park

We hope your little sweethearts make Mother’s Day magical!

The History of Puppets in Children’s Entertainment

Puppets have been entertaining adults and children alike for centuries. While we’re probably most familiar with popular culture figures like Howdy Doody and Kermit the Frog, puppets have been telling stories to all ages for years. Puppet theater of 1500s and 1600s Europe are probably the most historically famous, including the well-known Marionette puppet theater. While the history of puppets reaches back centuries, the use of puppets for entertainment is still very current.

Step2 Puppet TheaterWhat is a Puppet?

A puppet is a representation of an animal, person or other entity that is manipulated either by hand, string or by stick. There are over thirty types of puppets, the most famous including:

  • Sock
  • Cloth
  • Wooden
  • Finger
  • String (Marionettes)

Ancient History to Modern Popular Culture

Puppet theater traces its history back to the very early origins of civilized man. While puppetry has been used for everything from rituals and ceremonies to creative expression, puppets are often thought of currently as providers of children’s entertainment.

Puppets base their origination in ancient India, where they told beloved stories to the people. They found their way to Asia with the Bunraku puppets of Japan. From there, they made their way to Europe, developing into the well-known puppets on a string – the marionettes. The history of puppetry continued right up to today, where it is still both an esteemed art form and form of children’s entertainment.

And while we love to look back at favorites like the puppets featured in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, or on Jim Henson’s Muppet Show, children are keeping the art of puppetry alive and well in their own homes.

Requiring little more than puppets, a puppet theater and a little imagination, children are keeping the spirit of puppetry alive. Don’t have any puppets on hand? Make some! Allow your child’s creativity and imagination to soar by creating puppets out of paper, fabric and other supplies. The only limitation is their own creativity.