There are many different methods of creating good social relations. One of them is the creative puppet-drama education, which convinced me the most. The aim of my thesis is to prove that the use of puppets can promote the successful establishment of relationships between children.
In the theoretical part, I present puppets and their division by type. I introduce their educational value, how to achieve the aspired goals in the educational process, and which aspects of a child's development are particularly affected by a puppet. Throughout, the use and effects of puppets intertwine regarding the development of social relations. The thesis describes the child's perception of puppets in the first and second age bracket and the importance of puppets in the hands of a teacher.
In the practical part I present the use of puppets in the preschool daily routine. I introduced two puppets as group favourites into a group of children aged from two to six years. They helped detect the situation within the group and promoted social learning. In my diaries I focused primarily on the responses of children when playing with puppets, the usage of puppets and the role of the teacher. I realized that puppets are invaluable tools which raise the quality of relationships between children and have positive effects on the development of children. The active process with puppets was happening on a daily basis for a period of one month.