• "I love your puppets! They are so beautiful. I love how there is a song for every puppet you offer but when I use your puppets, its not as engaging as when you use your puppets! What am I missing?" I recently heard this from a teacher who attended my session at NAEYC. There are little subtle things you can do that make a very big difference! I have just added an article and video lesson on using puppets in your classroom in downloads at lynnkleinersmusicbox.com. This is a free download for members. I hope you can use the tips. I love seeing the difference puppets make in participation. I have seen children who have never sang in class sing when it comes to feeding the Donkey puppet (see the video) or making the baby owl fly. I enjoy hearing how it has helped your teaching. I had a speech therapist tell me how she loves using our cow puppet because of the moving tongue. Another told me she had a student with a terrible stuttering problem but when he used a puppet, his speech was fine. Please share more!

  • William Rustrum
    William Rustrum Lynn's tips are fantastic. But I am also finding that experimentation is good. There are times where I think what the puppet is doing is fun and cute, but the children are unresponsive. Other times I have done things which I thought were ok, and the child...  more
    December 10, 2010
  • Christina Sahloff
    Christina Sahloff I love using all the different puppets and manipulatives that Lynn has to offer in her books. I too have found other ways to use the puppets. I use the worm in the apple puppet for my Hello song with my students. At the end after they have sung hello my...  more
    January 25, 2011
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner How sweet is that! Tickling under the chin. I love it! And he went to Disney World, thats just fun. We have to add those to the puppet tips! Sorry to say to the other teachers who now want the treasured "Worm in the Apple" puppet, they have stop...  more
    January 25, 2011
  • Diane Mellott
    Diane Mellott hi all! As the worm in the apple is no longer available I made a large apple from stiff red felt from Michaels and Wiggly from the control top part of a pair of panty hose. Just cut a small section, sew it up to fit your finger, colour it green with a pe...  more
    January 26, 2011