Do you remember learning about how to use punctuation marks correctly? I bet it involved sitting at a desk and filling in a lot of worksheets.
Yes, learning to correctly use those punctuation marks can be dry and boring.
But research shows us that kids learn better when they are actively involved and having fun. It only makes sense that the same is true when it comes to learning about punctuation.
These cute punctuation mark stick puppets make it more fun with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities.
(For more hands-on learning, check out our sight word activities.)
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Recently we were given a copy of the book Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumbers to review. The kids fell in love with the characters in the book, especially Comma, who really likes cookies, cupcakes, and cucumbers.
They giggled and laughed as I read what each character said. A few pages into the story they noticed that each character used their specific punctuation mark over and over again. The book was a great opportunity to introduce using commas in a series, semicolons, and to review end punctuation.
The kids enjoyed Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumbers so much that I decided to put those characters to work by turning them into stick puppets for some fun hands-on learning punctuation mark activities.
Punctuation Mark Activity
- Punctuation Mark Stick Puppets Printable
- 5 Craft Sticks
- Colored Pencils (I love these for on the go.)
- Dry Erase Board and Markers
Print off the free punctuation mark stick puppets template found here.
Get your copy here.
Have your child color the characters.
Cut them out and glue them to the ends of your craft sticks.
The punctuation mark characters can be used in a variety of activities.
Write sentences on your dry erase board and leave out the punctuation marks. Have your child use the stick puppets to fill in the missing punctuation.
In a classroom setting you could have the students copy the sentences on their own individual white boards.
Or, write the sentence for all the students to see and have them hold up the stick puppet that is needed.
You can also use the white board and the punctuation mark stick puppets to create scenes from Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumbers or to create your own comic book-style scenes.
Our punctuation mark puppets have become a favorite in our homeschool, being played with throughout the day.
Our stick puppets have made learning punctuation marks much more fun with plenty of hands-on learning.
More hands-on learning activities:
- Printable Punctuation Game by Better Than Homework
- Lego Sentence Building Activity
- 15 Fun Ways to Work on Sight Words
- Hands-On Activity to Practice Measuring and Volume
- 30+ Hands-On Learning Activities in One Great eBook!
- Hands-On Activity to Teach Vowel Recognition