Collection: Folkmanis Puppets

Welcome to the magical world of Folkmanis Puppets at The Playful Peacock, where imagination takes flight and every puppet brings a story to life. Since 1976, Folkmanis has been creating the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets, delighting children and adults alike while winning numerous industry, child development, and kid-tested awards.

Folkmanis Puppets began as a small cottage industry in the late 1960s, founded by Judy Folkmanis in Watertown, MA. Judy's first animal puppets, crafted to entertain her children, quickly gained popularity among other parents who appreciated the high play value and connection to the natural world. Joined by her husband Atis in 1976, the couple turned their passion into a thriving business, creating a menagerie of realistic animal puppets that have become beloved worldwide.

Today, Folkmanis, Inc. is headquartered in Emeryville, California, and remains a family business dedicated to maintaining the quality and love of nature that inspired its inception. With over 200 heartwarming and realistically designed creatures in their collection, Folkmanis Puppets continues to innovate and inspire. The company’s commitment to open-ended play and the belief that the simplest toys are the healthiest gifts for children is evident in every meticulously crafted puppet.

Folkmanis puppets are more than just toys; they are tools for developing fine and gross motor skills, enhancing early language skills, and encouraging interactive play. Each puppet, whether it's the whimsical Mini Bluejay or Cardinal Finger Puppets, the delicate Mini Monarch Butterfly Finger Puppet, or the stunning Small Peacock Puppet, is designed to foster creativity and hands-on discovery.

At The Playful Peacock, we are proud to bring the enchanting world of Folkmanis Puppets to Canadian families. Our curated collection is designed to inspire joy and foster creativity, making every playtime a journey of discovery. Explore our range of Folkmanis hand puppets and let your child's imagination soar with the magic of pretend play. Join us in celebrating the art of puppetry and the joy of open-ended play with Folkmanis Puppets in Canada.

Welcome to the magical world of Folkmanis Puppets at The Playful Peacock, where imagination takes flight and every puppet brings a story to life. Since 1976, Folkmanis has been creating the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets, delighting children and adults alike while winning numerous industry, child development, and kid-tested awards.

Folkmanis Puppets began as a small cottage industry in the late 1960s, founded by Judy Folkmanis in Watertown, MA. Judy's first animal puppets, crafted to entertain her children, quickly gained popularity among other parents who appreciated the high play value and connection to the natural world. Joined by her husband Atis in 1976, the couple turned their passion into a thriving business, creating a menagerie of realistic animal puppets that have become beloved worldwide.

Today, Folkmanis, Inc. is headquartered in Emeryville, California, and remains a family business dedicated to maintaining the quality and love of nature that inspired its inception. With over 200 heartwarming and realistically designed creatures in their collection, Folkmanis Puppets continues to innovate and inspire. The company’s commitment to open-ended play and the belief that the simplest toys are the healthiest gifts for children is evident in every meticulously crafted puppet.

Folkmanis puppets are more than just toys; they are tools for developing fine and gross motor skills, enhancing early language skills, and encouraging interactive play. Each puppet, whether it's the whimsical Mini Bluejay or Cardinal Finger Puppets, the delicate Mini Monarch Butterfly Finger Puppet, or the stunning Small Peacock Puppet, is designed to foster creativity and hands-on discovery.

At The Playful Peacock, we are proud to bring the enchanting world of Folkmanis Puppets to Canadian families. Our curated collection is designed to inspire joy and foster creativity, making every playtime a journey of discovery. Explore our range of Folkmanis hand puppets and let your child's imagination soar with the magic of pretend play. Join us in celebrating the art of puppetry and the joy of open-ended play with Folkmanis Puppets in Canada.

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    The Playful Peacock was created in 2021 to curate creative, open-ended play for curious children. The Playful Peacock is privileged to operate in Tkaronto/Toronto. 

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    We are steadfast in our selection of toy makers that we work with.

     Our offerings are from Canadian, female-owned, BIPOC and/or family-owned brands that are firmly rooted in environmental practices with strong ethical standards. We adamantly align ourselves with makers we are proud of and who are equally dedicated to sustainability, transparency and ethical labour, including paying living and fair wages. The majority of the toys these brands make are handmade, natural wooden toys that forge limitless play for kids to enjoy for years.

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    The Playful Peacock’s toys are built with quality and care to last for generations. All of the toys are safe and made with individualized love and attention using a high-caliber of materials and finishes that do not include any harmful additives. Our toys will quickly become an heirloom through their high-quality and endless enjoyment. 

  • Materials Matter

    Plastic toys are typically mass-produced and easily breakable. These toys can contribute to sweatshops, unfair labour conditions and pollution in general.

    While wooden toys are a step in the right direction, not all wooden toys are made the same. There are many wooden dupes to be aware of cheap, mass-produced wooden toys that are just as harmful as plastic! For example, softwood and plywood can chip and splinter easily, while non-handcrafted wooden toys often are filled with harmful toxic paints, finishes, and sealants. 

    Consciously opting for ethical, handcrafted wooden toys (renewable wood is even better) is safer for your child, is way more dependable and a kinder contributor to our already fragile planet. 

    The manufacturing process our makers use considers Mother Earth first through strict FSC Certifications, non-toxic paint, and planet-friendly materials across every single product. After placing an order, you will receive your newly beloved toy in 99% plastic-free, biodegradable, recyclable and compostable packaging, down to the stickers and tape.

  • The Right Toy At The Right Time 

    Children are naturally drawn to play toys that they can master and that is right for their particular stage of development.

    With a wide range of toys available for kids ages 0-1, 1-2, 2-3 and 3+,  you can ensure the toy is safe, age-appropriate, and developmentally appropriate, too. The majority of our toys focus on fun and subtle learning, and open-ended play, while being Montessori approved.

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    We are a purpose-first brand and a business second.

    With a deep awareness that the toy industry must do better, we are committed to our part through advocacy for a range of social justice causes, environmental advancement and stringent criteria for makers. We are changemakers and give back through every purchase by donating meals to children in need across 26 Indigenous communities within Canada.