Puppet is a general term for the likes of characters designed in cloth, paper or wood or even plastic that is operated by means of either strings or hand or fingers to enact a given story in a highly creative and artistic fashion. It is not an easy task to get hold of the coordination between different movements done on the puppet according to the sound of the music or the voices played during the activity. Marionette puppets and especially the traditional wooden marionettes are puppets that are attached to a couple of strings or many strings altogether where the strings attached at the neck, arms, legs and even eyeballs in complex marionettes. Did you know that the name marionette was derived from Virgin 'Mary' in the 1600's while being associated with Mary Doll and in ancient Egypt remains of puppets were found in the tombs of kings of the past.
Puppets and marionettes are not only limited to theater, plays or TV shows but can actually prove to be incredible pieces of educational value to your kids as some of the very few retained traditions and also as an amazing source of entertainment and motor skill development means for a kid. Children tend to get immensely involved in the character role play when they get the hang of playing with puppets. Hand puppets are the easiest to handle and coordinate but when it comes to wooden marionettes or string puppets it needs a lot of practice and thus improves your child's motor skills in the process.
Animal plush marionettes are yet another kind of puppets that fascinate toddlers since they find the shape, structure and different sounds of the animals rather amusing and rare. This is why cartoon movies are majorly based on animal characters in the first place. With human-like string puppets you could make use of famous names to the male and female characters that are of historic significance thus helping your child to better understand instances from American history.
Children tend to be like sponges that absorb liquid paint but the ability to help the sponge full of paint be used to create beautiful paintings on canvas depends on how well you expose your child to fun-filled yet educational activities. Children of today are inspired by adults at home who play with adult gadgets like laptops and gaming consoles but it is traditional toys like these that are a good foundation to the basic growth and development of a child. String puppets and marionettes perform this duty of entertainment plus effective learning in a much creative manner and they are and have been amongst the most preferred toys for people of all ages, especially children.