Pup­pets fire up cre­ative juices for chil­dren en­joy­ing school hol­i­days

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Tari Jef­fers

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

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Oliver Best, 8, sis­ter Lucy, 10, and Sage Hawthorne, 5, had fun com­pos­ing sto­ries and us­ing hand pup­pets with Pem­ber­ton au­thor Elaine Coven­try.

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