What It Is
Puppet Heap Playthings are a new line of high-end puppets with unique looks and innovative play elements. The line of Puppet Heap Playthings will include an assortment of hand puppets based on characters from Puppet Heap's short film productions, which can be viewed on www.puppetheap.com. Series 1 puppets are based on characters from Mother Hubbard and include Mother Hubbard, Toby, Doctor, Constable, Cabby, and Lucy. Additional puppet series featuring characters from Omar's Mother and I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly will be available soon. The puppets range in size from eight to 17 inches tall. Each is made from durable printed fabric with a variety of details, such as fur or felt. Each puppet also comes with a code that can be used to unlock content at www.spudbottom.com, which features online games, puppet video sharing, and more.
Why It’s Fun
Puppet Heap Playthings add a modern and fresh take on the traditional puppet category. Puppet Heap took its professional puppet-making expertise and translated it into puppets to play with at home. These aren't your typical cute and cuddly puppets. Puppet Heap Playthings are really unique and will inspire lots of open-ended, imaginative play.
Who It’s For
Puppet Heap Playthings are for ages 7 and up.
There aren't many puppets made for older kids, which is one reason they may not enjoy playing with them. But these have a sophisticated look, they're easy for older kids to work and reflect more the sensibilities of older kids than more typical, puppets, which are designed for preschoolers.
What To Be Aware Of
The puppets are a little top-heavy. You'll want to use more than one finger (pointer and middle finger) to keep the puppet heads upright without straining your pointer finger.
Puppet Heap Playthings are available in specialty toy stores.
Puppet Heap is a company owned by Paul Andrejco, who got started at the Jim Henson Company building characters for many projects, including The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Animal Show, Muppets Tonight!, and the cast of Disney's Bear in the Big Blue House.