Folkmanis Puppets

FOLKMANIS® believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery 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.

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Folkmanis Puppets - Wildcat KittenCloser Look$32.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Baby Emperor PenguinCloser Look$40.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Baby Black BearCloser Look$21.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini ChickCloser Look$7.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Giant ClamCloser Look$26.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini DragonCloser Look$13.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini BeaverCloser Look$10.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini Baby Emperor PenguinCloser Look$8.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini Hermit CrabCloser Look$12.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini Sitting FrogCloser Look$9.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini SpiderCloser Look$11.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini SnailCloser Look$8.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Jack RabbitCloser Look$52.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini FoxCloser Look$10.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - QuokkaCloser Look$40.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini BobcatCloser Look$11.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Small LambCloser Look$27.00

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Folkmanis Puppets - Enchanted TreeCloser Look$47.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini HorseCloser Look$12.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Standing Lop RabbitCloser Look$36.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini HamsterCloser Look$9.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini RaccoonCloser Look$9.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini Red SquirrelCloser Look$11.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Small CoyoteCloser Look$22.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - RaccoonCloser Look$54.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Small kangarooCloser Look$31.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - ChipmunkCloser Look$28.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Worm in AppleCloser Look$17.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Baby TigerCloser Look$33.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Baby Dutch RabbitCloser Look$22.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini Red OctopusCloser Look$14.49

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Folkmanis Puppets - Tuxedo KittenCloser Look$21.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini ButterflyCloser Look$7.50

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Folkmanis Puppets - Snowy OwlCloser Look$38.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Orange Tabby KittenCloser Look$21.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini HummingbirdCloser Look$10.00

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Folkmanis Puppets - Bob CatCloser Look$22.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini FireflyCloser Look$16.00

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Folkmanis Puppets - Mini CardinalCloser Look$10.00

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Folkmanis Puppets - Bleating SheepCloser Look$40.99

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Folkmanis Puppets - Grizzly BearCloser Look$50.00

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Folkmanis Puppets - Pack RatCloser Look$34.00

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Folkmanis Puppets - PigletCloser Look$34.00

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Folkmanis Puppets - Polar Bear CubCloser Look$38.00

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About Folkmanis Puppets

Folkmanis® Puppets are the expression of Judy Folkmanis’ active imagination, sewing wizardry, and love of nature. Judy started the company as a “cottage industry” business in Watertown, MA., in the late 1960’s.  She nurtured it among the street vendors lining Berkeley’s famed Telegraph Avenue, 

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. The rest, as they say, is toy industry history – as Folkmanis’ line and renown grew by leaps and bounds.

Folkmanis Puppets Today

Still headquartered in Emeryville, California, today Folkmanis, Inc. has grown to become the premier manufacturer of plush puppets worldwide. Folkmanis® Puppets offers over 200 of the most heartwarming and realistically designed creatures—both exotic and familiar—on the market today. 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.

Judy & Atis Folkmanis

“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.”

Widely regarded as the most innovative puppet-maker in the world, Folkmanis® Puppets consistently designs beautifully crafted toys that inspire creativity, promote hands-on discovery, encourage interaction, teach fine and gross motor skills, help develop early language, and become a child’s lovable companion to be treasured for years.

The company’s line includes a virtual menagerie of plush pets and friendly wildlife friends with new designs constantly on the drawing board.

Folkmanis Puppets at Weaving in Beauty

Folkmanis Puppets Shoe Game

Our Folkmanis Puppets play the Navajo Shoe Game.

We love carrying the Folkmanis line of puppets!  Younger and young-at-heart visitors enjoy them. 

We set up a yearly version of the Navajo Shoe Game with our puppets that you are welcome to visit between November 1st  and February 14th.  We’ll be glad to explain the significance of the Shoe Game.  Please note that some of our Shoe Game participants are “retired” puppets and those aren’t for sale.  

Snakes and reptiles are regarded with respect and caution in Navajo culture and are not handled under any circumstances. As a result, there are some Folkmanis puppets that we do not carry.  These include

  • Rattlesnakes and other snake puppets
  • Dragons with scales
  • Alligators
  • Lizards

The Folkmanis website will direct you to retailers who carry these puppets if they strike your fancy!

 

 

 

 

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