Learning Through Puppets
  • January 26, 2016
  • Leticia Maciel Co-founder, The Inside Edit


    I recently discovered the fascination of puppetry, not only in making them but also using them as play with my two and three-year-old.

    They not only believed it wasn’t my voice, but also believed everything batman and princess had to say about eating vegetables making you strong and being polite making you a superhero.

    The great thing about the use of puppets in play is that it can be about absolutely anything. If you are looking for something fun, head out to the Zara sale where you’ll be able to grab a few lovely things.

    Changes I have seen in both my kids include emotional development and guidance. Now, I know I have just started but my son asks everyday if we can have tea with batman and his Lion (the two most important things in his life, apart from me, of course) #PossessiveMummy.

    So if you are running out of ideas or would like to inject a change in your kids play, please look into your kids toy bag or get creative!

    OKAY I'M ANGRY! If this is not a platform to share your opinions then where else right?! So here it goes, you may have seen Mattel are doing a Barbie version of FRIDA KAHLO, the profoundly inspirational Mexican Artist. Well on the surface it sounds positive – celebrating female cultural icons etc, but it’s in fact not at all what it seems. . . Zac and I adore this woman and are huge fans. Frida Kahlo represented not just a fearless and boundless expression of individuality, but she stood firmly on the side of those in society that were forgotten about. In her art she explored questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. She was simply brilliant, and an inspiration to all us mothers raising daughters. . . Salma Hayek portrayed her brilliantly in the 2002 Bipoic (please watch it if you haven’t already!) and said Frida was “one of the forces that gave me the determination to pursue my career”. . . On to what Mattel are doing. Firstly – despite what some bloggers like to shill on social media, the Barbie doll is not something positive for any child in my view. It does not represent uniqueness, and when Frida becomes SLIM and more LIGHT SKINNED with LIGHT EYES, that’s when lines are being crossed. This is not just cultural appropriation for commercial gain, but the very colonial re-shaping of identity she stood against. . . LEAVE FRIDA ALONE. Rant over. . #fridakahlo #mattel #leaveheralone #views #latin #mexicanculture #salmahayeck #womensday #strongwomen #womenofculture #mummyviews #londonblogger #unique #art #ethnic #celebratinguniqueness #inspirationalwomen #thisisbullshit #barbieisnotunique #notobarbie #femalerolemodels #ithastobesaid
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