A simple sock slipped over your hand while folding the laundry can become a puppet if you add a silly voice and move your wrist to resemble head movements. Be as silly as you dare! Your child will love you for it and may want to play too. Use your puppet to sing a song, tell a positive story about your child, or talk about a time that the puppet felt happy or sad or mad (this is a great way to help your preschooler explore feelings).
Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills.The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning. Talking with children helps develop all six pre-reading skills: print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, and print motivation.