"The scraps of yarn that are knitted into characters, and placed on fingers, will do the dance
of life while the flames of a fire lick the night sky."
This anecdote has been handed down from generation to generation in the high plains of Peru (near Lake Titicaca, on the frigid Andean plateau 12,500 feet above sea level) where everyone in the tribes knit. From a young age they learn the fine art of textile making, and use their artistic savvy to create the finger puppets we so love.
Puppetry is an ancient form of performance, believed to have originated 3000 years BC. It is used in almost all human societies as entertainment, and in ceremonial rituals and celebrations. Throughout history, puppetry has played an influential role in communication and knowledge of foreign cultures, not only for children but for adults as well.
Finger puppets are a fantastic form of interactive learning and entertainment, which aids in child development. They help children build social skills, accelerate language development, self-esteem and confidence. They allow teachers to bring a fresh, new, creative learning experience into the classroom and keep children engaged, and the bright colors and textures proliferate attention span and eye tracking skills. Finger puppets provide a marvelous channel through which we can teach our children about the world and also give them the confidence to explore their own imagination.
www.FingerPuppetsInc.com is where the magic of finger puppets come alive. Children of all ages will spend hours telling stories and enjoying the moments that they spend with family and friends playing together building lasting memories!