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Veronika and I played with puppets today in a few cute ways. Babies adore puppets, likely earning you huge grins no matter how amateur your show. So pull out the puppets or make a few, and have fun!

For a simple homemade version, consider making puppets for whatever song or story your baby currently likes best. Veronika loves Itsy Bitsy Spider, so I made a nice big spider (a purple color, cute top hat and smile ensured that he was a friendly spider, and yes I know that my arachnid is missing a set of legs), and a bright orange sun.

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Tape your puppets to popsicle sticks and you’re ready for the show!

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I sat Veronika down in her crib which made the perfect “stage.” As I sang the song, the spider and the sun took turns coming out – much to her delight!

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Next we moved on to hand puppets.

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I regaled her with characters popping up over the crib rail, everything from a doctor to a firefighter to a pirate.

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She loved watching the puppet hands move and getting kisses on the cheek.

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Somebody’s having fun!

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There’s a reason shows like Sesame Street have endured for so many years; puppets can bring comfort down the line, as well as amusement. We like using puppets to search for other toys that have gotten lost, or to help illustrate emotions.

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How do you and your baby play with puppets? Please share in the comments!

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