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Panda Puppet (Small)

Manufacturer: Folkmanis

Model Number: 2364

Recommended Age: Ages 2 to 92

Availability: Out of stock

Details:

Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Model Number: 2364

Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 7 inches

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Description

Realistically rendered in creamy white and rich black-brown fur, with soft plastic claws on weighted paws, this panda puppet is a gentle tribute to its swiftly disappearing wild counterpart. Pandas now live only in the remote wet mountains of central China where bamboo thrives while they used to live all over China. Based on chromosome test, pandas have been classified as a subfamily of bears.

Puppets inspire creativity, promote hands-on discovery, encourage interaction, teach fine and gross motor skills, and help develop early language.

-15" long x 6" wide x 7" tall
-Hand enters from chest area to work the mouth and front legs.
-Winner of the NAPPA Gold Award, 2001

About Folkmanis Puppets:
Widely regarded as the most innovative puppet-maker in the world, Folkmanis believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, and encouraging play and discovery is essential to develop the skills necessary in life. The company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976, delighting imaginations and winning nearly every industry, child development, and kid-tested award, many repeatedly. A gift of a puppet encourages imaginative, open-ended play, endearing hugs, and snuggly companionship.

Conceived as a “cottage industry” business in the late 1960’s and nurtured among the street vendors lining Berkeley, California’s famed Telegraph Avenue, Folkmanis Puppets are the expression of Judy Folkmanis’ active imagination, sewing wizardry, and love of nature. Creating her first animal puppets to entertain her own children, Judy was astounded when her unsung, but cuddly, creations began attracting a growing group of paying customers. Most often these were other parents who sought high play value from their toy purchases and an appreciation of the natural world for their children.

Joined in the burgeoning endeavor in 1976 by her Ph.D. husband Atis—who happily abandoned a career in biochemistry for pattern-cutting—the couple realized that launching a menagerie of carefully detailed and realistic animal puppets was their “right livelihood.” They hired several seamstresses and never looked back. And, after more than 35 years, Folkmanis, Inc. is still a family business. Judy and Atis oversee both the creative and operations sides to ensure that the quality and love of the natural world they wish to convey through their toys remains true to their original vision.

“The success that Folkmanis Puppets has enjoyed for more than 35 years simply reinforces the fact that when it comes to children, old-fashioned, open-ended play patterns are the best, and the simplest toys are really the healthiest gifts one can buy for a child,” says Elaine Kollias, marketing director. “That is why puppets are so firmly in the ‘good toy’ category – not just that they encourage and inspire imaginative play, but that they represent a thoughtful and fun gift that is more than ‘just’ a toy.”