Stuffed animals sit on shelves, but puppets make magic happen. No matter how old you are it's hard to resist a singing, dancing or talking plush toy. And, the handheld performers can be entertaining and educational for kids— stimulating their imaginations and encouraging creative play. Tots use fine motor skills to move the puppets and tune their verbal skills through storytelling.
All you need to concoct a stage is an empty box or the back of a sofa, but if you want to provide a theater-like experience, many puppet theaters are on the market. From large, free-standing stages, to tabletop versions designed for finger puppets, there's one to satisfy any imaginative mind.
To see some of our favorite ones,