Puppets fire up creative juices for children enjoying school holidays
CHILDREN were encouraged to tell tales and act out their stories in a workshop using hand puppets at Bridgetown Library on Thursday.
Running the workshop was Pemberton children’s author Elaine Coventry, who said puppets were a good tool to fire the imagination of young children.
“It’s easier for them to act out a story using a puppet than to write it down,” she said.
“They were a bit quiet at first and not used to being outside the square creatively, but they really warmed to it, especially when the puppets came out.”
Story-telling through theatre encouraged children to interact and socialise, promoted reading, writing and literacy generally, and helped their broader development, she said.
The author is about to publish “I Want to Be a Pirate”, which follows her earlier titles “The Adventures of Billy Bob and His Dog”, “Jingle Island” and “Sam the Newspaper Man”.
The workshop was one of a number of activities running at the library and the adjacent leisure centre as part of the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council’s school holiday program.
The library will today host a Q&A session on spiders with scientist Robert Whyte, author of the CSIRO-published “Field Guide to Spiders of Australia”.
Leisure centre activities this week include junior hip-hop and laser tag.
...a good tool to fire the imagination of young children – Elaine Coventry
Oliver Best, 8, sister Lucy, 10, and Sage Hawthorne, 5, had fun composing stories and using hand puppets with Pemberton author Elaine Coventry.