Welcome to the second installment of a new series: The Prop Report. In this series, I plan to share my favorite props and rewards that I use in my ESL classroom. The link to the product is an affiliate link, so if you choose to purchase the item through the link, I get a little bonus. For more info about this series of posts, you can read my overview and full disclaimers here.
Animal Friends Deluxe Kids Hand Puppets with Working Mouth (Pack of 6) for Imaginative Play
Recommended for ESL classroom?
Totally! I use these all the time!
Recommended for hands on learning?
Yes! I think that young kids would have a great time putting on puppet shows with these.
This set of puppets comes with six different animals, so you have a variety to choose from. My favorite feature is the hard, moveable mouths (in all of them but the elephant.) I also love that you can position your thumb and pinky in the arms and move their arms. (Be sure to check out the video for the famous dabbing raccoon.) The sleeve of the puppet goes far enough down your wrist that you don’t have to be extremely careful about showing your arm and ruining the “magic” on camera. These puppets are large enough (especially the elephant and monkey) that they are comfortable on your hand. I also really like that they are substantial enough that you don’t have to use them as a puppet. You could actually hold them just like a plush stuffed animal.
Did I mention the moveable mouths? Kids like nothing more than to see an animal “eat” one of their stars or even bite their teacher!
Not all of the animals are commonly found in VIPKid lessons, though they might be in other ESL company powerpoints or perhaps even other lessons. If you are a prop minimalist, it might be overkill to have six puppets, especially if all you want to use them for is an icebreaker.
See it in action:
You can see my unofficial product demo here: Super Cool YouTube Video
This prop set is an absolute yes – for the ESL classroom or just for fun.
If you would like to purchase it, here’s the link on Amazon.com: