Envision playing with puppets 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 chats. When she video chats she mainly talks with her grandchildren. However, she was curious about why I would plan activities for chats with my grandchildren. Calling and talking is great but there are also so many activities that are interactive and that children enjoy much more that talking. Interactive activities also have 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 was a small, bright red lobster. It’s a finger puppet that I purchased in a children’s store while traveling in Maine. We named him Red. Then I found other finger puppets in a Carter’s Outlet store and the tiger and dragon puppets joined the group.
Melissa and Doug have a large collection of soft puppets for a variety of ages. My younger grandchildren have played with the Brave Buddies puppets while visiting with me in Florida. The puppets are comfortable for a child hand. They are also perfect to use for a video chat. If you are a parent who travels for work, consider adding a puppet to your suitcase. Have the puppet share with your children where the two of you are, what your day has been like, and that you miss being with them. Children like to play so don’t hesitate to play with them with puppets during your video chat.
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.