History of Folkmanis Puppets

History of Folkmanis Puppets

History of Folkmanis Puppets
In the late 1960s Judy Folkmanis began creating puppets at home out of patterns she discovered in a women’s magazine and selling them to parents of her sons’ preschool classmates. Parents sought out Judy’s homemade puppets because they desired toys that provided endless hours of fun and had infinite play value for their children. The demand for Judy’s handmade creations grew over the early years until she and Ph.D. husband Atis decided to make her stay-at-home-mom hobby into a business in 1976. Today, millions of Folkmanis puppets are sold around the world and on the internet for the same reason – down-home good play value for kids of all ages. “Folkmanis puppets are heartwarming and delightful whether it’s a quiet evening at home by the fire, a family outing to a local zoo, or playing make-believe in the backyard. Puppets are fun and portable, soft and cuddly. They are cherished friends that will stay with a child for years.” Spending time with your children is a tradition that will never change,” says Judy Folkmanis.It is easy to see why Folkmanis has become the most award-winning specialty puppet maker in the world. The quality of the menagerie of puppets is tremendously high. For years, Folkmanis has safety-tested their puppets according to the more-stringent European standards for toys. Folkmanis puppets are amazingly detailed enhancing their play value by teaching children about nature. Each puppet comes with a customized hangtag with facts and/or a fun traditional fable or story. The company was bringing attention to the wonders of the environment long before it was “in.” It has teamed up with organizations including Sierra Club and GLOBIO. Folkmanis’ headquarters are “green” as it is 100-percent solar-powered. Headquartered in Emeryville, CA, Judy and Atis still oversee both the creative and operational sides to ensure that the quality and love of the natural world is conveyed through their toys remains true to their original vision. More than 35 years later, Folkmanis, Inc. is still a family business, reinforcing the fact that when it comes to children, old-fashions, open-ended play is still the best and the healthiest for a child. Folkmanis® Puppets consistently designs beautifully crafted toys inspiring creativity, promoting hands-on discovery, encouraging interaction, teaching fine and gross motor skills, helping to develop early language, and most of all becoming a child’s lovable companion to be treasured for years. Remember….”FOLKMAINS PUPPETS…..HANDLE WITH FUN!”
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