Pretend and creative play is something that we often have to teach children on the spectrum. Finding ways to make these play skills more understandable is important in gaining abilities in this area. Pretending is a very abstract concept so our goal is to make it more concrete and therefore, more meaningful.
Feed the Character
Also, cutting out a 'door' in the back of the box makes it easier for retrieving the sticks afterwards.
Puppets can be engaging for many kids however, knowing what to do with them can be tricky. Start the individual with 'feeding' the puppet while stabilized. This puppet did not have a mouth, so I cut a hole the size of the various food items. I covered a pretzel box with paper (so the label wouldn't be distracting), put the food in a container and held the puppet in place with an empty paper towel roll down inside the box.
I secured (with Velcro) a plastic baggie inside the puppet to catch the food items.
Once the individual is more familiar with the items it can be removed from the container. At that time, another person can hold the puppet and work together at feeding the puppet. This can make this activity more engaging and interactive.