Father hand puppet

Created by
Childcraft, American
Date
1968
Medium
rubber and paint
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8 11/16 × 5 1/8 × 2 3/4 in. (22 × 13 × 7 cm)
Caption
Created for use by children’s counselors and therapists, this hand puppet is part of a set that depicts two five-person family units; one family is African American while the other is Caucasian. Being able to use puppets that reflect a child’s personal race and gender is important for this kind of therapy to be successful. It is also significant for children’s self-esteem and learning cues that the African American dolls show a complete nuclear family unit, wearing clothes that communicate middle class respectability.
Description
A father figure painted rubber hand puppet by Childcraft. With his rubber arms and hands raised, the father puppet wears a medium gray single-breast blazer with black tie and white shirt. He has short brown hair, brown eyes, and the maker's mark [CHILDCRAFT / [copyright symbol] 1968] on the back bottom of his blazer. His sand colored rubber interior has three finger holes.
Place used
Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Toys and Games
Tools and Equipment-Occupational
Type
hand puppets
educational toys
Topic
Children
Communication
Education
Families
Identity
Mental health
Play
Race relations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Janice Elzey & Steve Schnabl
Object number
2019.81.1.1
Restrictions & Rights
© Childraft 1968. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd57e4f17c2-fd0b-4e1b-8eb1-aa58981629ca