Friday, August 8, 2008

Teaching parts of the face with a monster puppet

When talking about the parts of the face in Spanish, I know that many teachers use Mr. Potato Head in class. Well, about a year ago, I saw the Melissa & Doug Make Your Own Monster Puppet online and a lightbulb went off. Wouldn't this be great to use instead of or in addition to Mr. Potato Head?

I finally got around to buying one last week through Amazon. I laid out all the parts for you to see. (To enlarge, click on photo.) For $15 and some change, I really think you get a good deal.

Imagine using this in class. The children helping him find his eyes... "No puedo ver. ¿Dónde están mis ojos?" The child or teacher can place them in the right place. The puppet then could say Puedo ver. ¡Gracias! You could do the same with the nose, ears and arms even. You could also put them in the wrong place - such as placing the eyes under the mouth and then the students could tell you the correct place.

I have to say that I can't wait to use this little guy in class. I think the kids will love him!
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9 comments:

Josh said...

What a fun, interactive way for your students and kids to learn Spanish. The puppet really looks like a lot of fun!

We are Little Amigos said...

AWESOME Karen! The kids will get a kick on the puppet it self!! I do the same thing where I'll say "oh, no, no puedo ver! Then when the kids help me find the eyes, I'll say "que bueno, me lo pongo aqui? and I'll put the eyes where the ears go (or other part) and the kids start cracking up, they think it's so funny, you're going to have fun with this one!!!

diane said...

I MUST have this!!!

Juggling Act said...

Very cute! Makes me think I need to write a song for our next CD that covers the parts of the face.

tati said...

this is really cute! what a great teaching tool, really for any age!

Maestra Jen said...

thanks for the tip!I have been using Sr. Papa for many years. We need a new ' cara'. I am going to check it out on amazon.com. Gracias!

Karen said...

I'm glad all of you liked it! I'm going to be working on lessons next week when my little guys go to school.

Lisa Stevens said...

very disappointing that i can't find where to buy it in UK! Looks a brilliant resource!
Lisaxx

Karen said...

Here you go Lisa:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Melissa-Doug-Make-Your-Own-Monster-Puppet/dp/B000JLPAK0

:)