Envision using puppets to play with children or grandchildren during a video chat. My friend Susan was surprised to learn that playing with puppets is a fun activity for video chat. When she makes a Facetime call she talks with her grandchildren but doesn’t interact in other ways. Unfortunately, her 5 year old granddaughter has a very short attention span and after just a few minutes is no longer interested in talking. Calling and talking to young children is fun but there are so many other interactive activities that children enjoy much more than talking. Interactive activities have also been shown to build strong bonds with children.
Playing with puppets is fun for toddlers and older children as well. The first puppet that I added to my collection for video chat was a small, bright red lobster. It’s a finger puppet that I purchased in a children’s store while traveling in Maine. My grandchildren named him Red. Then I found other finger puppets in a Carter’s Outlet store and the tiger and dragon puppets joined the family.
Melissa and Doug have a large collection of soft hand puppets that appeal to a variety of ages. My younger grandchildren have played with the Brave Buddies puppets while visiting with me in Florida and love to see them on the screen when chatting with me. The puppets are comfortable for a child’s hand so they make a perfect gift. You can purchase a set of 4 and send 2 to a favorite child for a two way video chat puppet show.
The next time a young child’s attention span seems to drift, say hello with a puppet and you may be surprised that you have given the two of you the gift of a little more time together.
Lillian Tibbles is a grandmother and author of 3 books about Video Chat with Kids.
Her latest book How to Have Fun with Kids & Grandkids Using Video Chat is available
in both digital and print format.