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Using Puppets for Social and Emotional  Learning

School Readiness Funding (Victoria) and Kindy Uplift Funding (QLD) can be used to access this training - but it is also open to the public! 

Face to face or Zoom options available!

Scroll down to see what's included. 

Training has never been so fun!

Don't worry! This is not about performing puppet shows!  We train you how to feel comfortable using a puppet as a tool for learning. 

What's Included...

There's certainly a lot of fun in this training.  Participants learn about the magic of puppetry and how to make a puppet "come alive". 

A puppet package can be included in your training - each puppet, being carefully selected to address specific learning goals.  (You can use your own if appropriate). 

But it's not just a day of playing with puppets...

Participants develop an indepth knowledge relating to emotional and social development and the challenges that some children face. They learn how to promote the skills, behaviours  and knowledge that underpin emotional regulation and healthy social interactions. The knowledge gained on the day can easily be applied to other sessional activities such as book sharing and pretend play. 

This training package can be delivered in a number of ways.  


PLEASE NOTE THAT KINDY UPLIFT FUNDING (QLD) CAN BE USED TO ACCESS THE TRAINING VIA ZOOM (Options 2 or 4). Training primarily addresses Social and Emotional Capability.   


The presenter: 

Lucia Smith is a speech pathologist with 30 years of experience working with children across a range of settings. She has always taken loved incorporating the magic of puppets in her work and has enjoyed sharing this knowledge in her workshops and conference presentations. 

Lucia is the creator of many popular resources used in early childhood and school settings, including "Social Sam" and "Social Puppets." (You receive these as part of the training). 

Throughout the training, participants: 

  • Learn how to use hand puppets in a way that is engaging to children (“making a puppet come alive”)

  • Explore the three types of puppet use applicable to the early childhood setting

  • Explore theories of emotional intelligence and its development

  • Enhance your current emotional awareness programming, source authentic resources for sessions

  • Learn about neurodiversity and Neurodiversity-affirming practice

  • Learn how to model emotions using a puppet in order to promote a rich emotional vocabulary

  • Learn how to demonstrate emotional regulation using a puppet

  • Explore the Social Puppets program and discuss how implement it within a centre (this is received free with the training)

  • Learn about how to use the Social Sam program (this program is provided free along with the training)

  • Explore current theories of social development and the levels of social understanding necessary for developing successful peer relationships

  • Learn about why children vary in their social and emotional capabilities

  • Learn about Theory of Mind, deficits in Theory of Mind, and how to promote it using a puppet

  • Learn how to set up play-based learning with puppets to further reinforce social and emotional learning

  • Learn how to use a calming puppet

  • Learn the Tommy Turtle calming strategy (for regulating anger, frustration, etc)

  • Learn how to adapt the above learning to other modes of play and book-sharing

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