History is by far one of our favorite subjects here in the Nerddom. We also love all things theater, so when I have the opportunity to combine the two I'll say yes every time! That's why we loved reviewing these amazing history puppets from Figures in Motion. We chose to have a look at the Famous Figures of the Civil War.
How the Book Works
When our package arrived, I was surprised to find that the author had included everything we would need to complete the review. I thought this was a very kind gesture that spoke volumes about the author's character. The hole punch and the little brads are not included in a normal purchase, however. You would need to gather those supplies yourself. The mini-hole punch and the tiny brads worked perfectly.
Every puppet has its own page in the book. There's a full-color version and a black and white version that you can color yourself if you'd like.
On the back of each puppet page are labels and instructions to help you piece the puppet together. There's also an image of what the puppet should look like once assembled.
I must say, the hardest part of the whole process was cutting out the puppet pieces. Some areas can be difficult to cut around while others have little colored areas so that you don't have to worry about cutting those small spaces out.
The paper that the book is printed on is nice and sturdy, but it isn't so thick that it's hard to cut. I found that it cuts very smoothly.
Once all of the pieces are cut out, we punched all the holes with the mini paper punch and then put the pieces together using the guides printed on the back. It was really very easy to get them together properly.
And here's one of our finished puppets!
Each puppet included in the book also has an information card that you can cut out and read. The author also included a list of read-alouds and books for independent readers that students can read to extend their learning.
What We Thought
Overall, I was very impressed with the Figures in Motion product. The articulated puppets were fun for the kids to play with and reenact the things that we were studying in history.
I'm thinking that I will have the kids use all of the puppets at the end of our unit to put on a "review" of what they've learned by acting it out with the characters. That's WAY more fun than taking a test! 🙂