You Will Need:
Purchased or homemade puppets
Talk and play with your child using the puppets. Make up skits, ask open-ended questions like, "Why do you think that happened?...How do you think she's feeling?...Why do you think she's sad?"
Consider having a special puppet that you bring out at particular times like clean-up time or bedtime to assist with the routine. "Look, Fluffy is helping clean-up. Can you help Fluffy?"
Puppets may be able to help a child begin to talk about feelings such as shyness, anger, joy, fear, etc. For example, you could have the puppet talk to your child saying something like, "Sometimes when I am sad, I feel like talking to someone. Do you want to talk to me?" However, don't use the puppet as a substitute for real interaction with your child, just as an opener to get talking started.