File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 216

Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 00:04:54 -0700
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puppetry for infants

Just had a look at the Baby Einstein videos.  You know,
the ones to stimulate brain development, etc.  This tape
is rated for Ages 0 - 3.  How an infant can be age 0 I don't
understand... Well, surprise!  It's nothing but an extended series 
of very short vignettes - puppets and toys of all kinds, telling
very quick and SIMPLE visual stories, or flashing lights and colors, 
then on to the next unrelated vignette. All backed by fancy music,
of course.  Not so different from Sesame Street, but with even
shorter segments. Suited to the short human attention span?

Dan Vie
Vancouver, BC

>Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 23:12:36 EDT
>Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puptcrit Digest, Vol 20, Issue 17
>In a message dated 6/11/2006 2:45:49 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
> writes:
>Does  anyone want to perform for this age range? What would you do for 
>the  newborn to 2 year olds? Somebody give me a viable scenario that 
>would  convince me that I am wrong about this. I would entertain the 
>idea of  playing with puppets with this set and maybe even doing a very 
>simple  little something, but could anyone do a show? A newborn can't 
>even focus  that far away yet.
>I have done shows at daycare centers. I have gone into the "infant  room" 
>(ages 6 weeks to 18 months) and sang simple songs with the puppets. The  
>time i did it I was very taken back by the reaction the puppets received  
>some 3 or 4 month olds were laughing and cooing. I'm sure it was to the  
>and brightly colored puppets that caused the reactions. The daycare was so  
>pleased that I included the infants, and went on and on about how the 
>enjoyed the show. I was only in the room maybe 5 minutes.
>_Alice in central NY_ (  
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