Open and close mouth with the lever on the stick or the knob at the bottom of the stick. Educational Insights Monster Puppets-on-a-Stick is a playful way to encourage children who are reticent to talk to engage in a conversation. Maybe the child cannot talk about what’s bothering her, but she’s likely to allow the puppet to do the talking for her. Enhances verbal communication and social skills and builds thumb strength. Each Puppet-On-A-Stick is 12″H.