NEW Little Lop Rabbit puppet from Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • all lop-eared rabbits are descended from the English Lop variety, which has been bred since the early 18th century
  • lop rabbits are characterized by their floppy ears which hang over either side of the head and in some breeds drag on the ground
  • at one time, there were lop-eared rabbits whose ears flopped to one side or over their faces, but these variations have diappeared
  • ther are many breeds of lop ear-ed rabbit including the English Lop, French Lop, German Lop, Holland Lop, American Fuzzy Lopm Mini or Dwarf Lop and Cashmere Lop
  • a great number of breeds are accepted by the AMericna Rabbit Breeders Association or the British Rabbit COuncil and can be presented at rabbit shows
  • lop rabbits make ideal pets because of their friendly and gentle nature
  • they require a lot of love and care in order to live happy, healthy lives
  • because their ears do not stand upright, lop rabbits can be prone to ear infections
  • although lop rabbits enjoy hopping around in the grass, pet rabbits should be kept indoors most of the year and do not tolerate extreme temperatures well
  • lop rabbits are very clean animals
  • they can be trained to use a litter box and groom themselves fastidiously
  • lop rabbits, like all rabbits are herbivores and have sensitive digestive systems
  • they mainly eat fresh grass and hay, specialy formulated rabbit pellets, vegetables and the occasional piece of fruit

 

NEW Pill Bug puppet from Folkmanis

Pill Bug puppet by Folkmanis

Pill Bug puppet by Folkmanis

 

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • pill bugs resemble insects but are actually crustaceans (like shrimp) that have evolved to live on land
  • they prefer humid environments and can often be found under rocks and logs
  • they eat decaying plant and animal matter
  • then they feel threatened, pill bugs roll into a tight ball
  • this is why another popular name for them is roly-poly
  • some people call them woodlice, sow bugs, potato bugs or armadillo bugs
  • the resemblance to armadillos is recognized in the scientific name for the common pill bug, Armadillidium vulgare
  • pill bugs have seven sets of legs and a shell-like exoskeleton that molts as the pill bug grows
  • mother pill bugs hatch their eggs into a water filled pouch on their underside where the young live for a few weeks before entering the world

NEW Bullfrog Puppet by Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • bullfrogs are amphibians, living in and around bodies of freshwater such as lakes and marches
  • they can be found in suchhabitats all over North America from Nova Scotia to Mexico
  • the name bullfrog comes from the loud, moo-like sound of their call, which can be heard over a quarter mile away
  • bullfrogs can grow up to 8 inches long and weight 1.5 pounds
  • bullfrogs have immense appetites and will eat just about an
    bullfrog puppet

    bullfrog puppet

    ything from small insects and fish to large mice, birds and snakes

 

NEW Rooster hand puppet from Folkmanis

Folkmanis Rooster Puppet

Folkmanis Rooster Puppet

 

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • a male chicken is called a rooster
  • a female chicken is called a hen
  • in most breeds, rooster can be distinguised by their impressive plumage
  • they boast more colorful feathers, larger combs and longer tails than hens
  • roostes have sharp, boney spurs on the back of their legs, which they use to protect themselves and their flock
  • roosters are very territorial and sound their distictive “cocl-a-doodle-doo” to ward off competitors or predators
  • they also assert dominance over hens by performing a “waltz” in which they walk in a half circle with one wing pointed toward the ground

Robot Art Kits for Boys

Paint & Decoate Robot

Paint & Decoate Robot

Everything you need to decorate this soft-stuffed robot.

Color Changing Robot Light

Color Changing Robot Light

 

Pose our robot and enjoy the LED color changing light show!

Unit Blocks on Wheels

unit blocks on wheels by Melissa & Doug

unit blocks on wheels by Melissa & Doug

Unit Blocks on Wheels help teach color and shape recognition, fine motor skills, hand eye-coordination and problem solving, encourage creativity and cooperative play

EXTNESION ACTIVITIES

  • ask child to see how tall he/she can stack the blocks without them falling over – count the clocks with the child as they are stacked
  • encourage beginning sorting skills by asking the child to sort the blocks with you by color – ask the child to repeat after you the color name of each block
  • encourage beginning counting skills by asking the child to count with you the number of white or yellow blocks – review until the child is able to count six blocks independently – repeat the activity with the other colored blocks
  • encourage beginning shape recognition by sorting the clocks by shape – ask the child to repeat after you the shape name of each block
  • create a simple linear pattern using the blocks – ask the child to replicate the pattern

Little Fox stage puppet by Folkmanis

Little Fox Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Fox Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • foxes thrive in many different habitats including forests, prairies, mountains and deserts
  • known for their resourcefulness, foxes can adapt to live around humna settlements such as farms and suburbs
  • foxes are part of the canidae family, which includes coyotes, wolves, jackals and domesticated dogs
  • a male fox is called a dog or reynard
  • a female fox is called a vixen
  • the opportunistic fox is an imnivore, hunting mostly birds and small mammals, but also eating vegetables, fruits, insects , fish , eggs, frogs and worms
  • like felines, foxes stalk their prey and often play with a catch before killing and eating them
  • unlike their cousin, the wolf, foxes do not hunt in packs
  • although they hunt alone, foxes are monogamous and a male/female pair will often meet to groom and play together
  • during most of the year, foxes sleep out in the open using their large, bushy tails for warmth
  • in breeding season, they dig dens in the sand or soil, making sure they have two entrances in case of danger
  • in the spring, vixens give birth to 2-12 fox pups – the father brings food to the vixen as she rarely leaves the breeding den whil her pups are young
  • fox pups are born with short, fuzzy, black fur
  • several weeks after birt, they mold and begin to reveal their reddish color
  • a fox will live between 3 and 6 years
  • fox hunting originated in the UK
  • foxes became a problem for farmers after wolves, natural enemies of the fox, were eliminated
  • the fox is a popular character in folktales, usually takinfg on the role of the cunning trickster

Little Porcupine Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Porcupine Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Porcupine Stage Puppet by Folkmanis

 

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • the word porcupine comes from the Latin roots “porcus” meaning pig and “spina” meaning thorns – thus procupine means thorny pig!
  • there are over 20 species of procupine, all displaying the characteristic quills
  • they are spread throughout Asian Southern Europe, Africa and North & South America
  • the porqupine habitat usually consists of rocky areas where they prefer to make their nests
  • they can be found in woodlands, desets and on rocky hillsides
  • proqupines have pointy, needle-like protrusions covering their tails, backs and sides, which normally lie flat
  • they have extremely soft fur on the rest of their bodies
  • the largest of the proqupine species, the NA porqupine can have over 30,000 quills on one animal
  • despite their prickly armor, porqupines are not immune to danger
  • the porqupine’s predators include human hunters, lions, wolverines, pythons and large carnivorous birds
  • porqupines are nocturnal rodents but sometimes appear during the daylight hours
  • porqupine quills or spines are a defense mechanism
  • if a predator gets too clos, the sharp spines stand up straight and are released from the skin, surprising and often puncturing the attacker
  • it is a myth that proqupines are able to shoot their quills at other animals as projectiles
  • porqupines are herbivores with highly sensitive senses of smell
  • Old World porqupines forage for bark, roots and fruits
  • if they live near farms they might even help themselves to potatoes, pumpkins, melons or groundnuts
  • the staple of the New WOrk porqupine diet is pine needles and bark, roots, stems and leaves
  • they also eat berries, grasses, seeds, flowers, nuts, aquatic vegetation and tubers

Folkmanis Little Wolf Stage Puppet

Folkmanis Little Wolf Stge Puppet

Folkmanis Little Wolf Stge Puppet

 

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • wolves are carnivorous mammals that once existed in large population all over the Northern Hemisphere
  • wolves have been featured prominently in folklore and mythology for thousands of years
  • a she-wolf is said to have nursed Romulus, the founder of Rome, and his twin brother as infants
  • though wolves rarely attack humans, they have been depicted in folklore mainly as vicious killers – for this reason, humans have decimated wolf populations all over the world
  • the main species of wolf that exist today are the grey wolf and the red wolf
  • today there are almost no grey wolves in Europe at all, but many live in Asia, Canada and Alaska
  • in 1980, the red wolf became extinct in its natural habitat – the SE US – but because of scientists’ efforts to breed and relaeaseĀ  them, approximately 100 red wolves now live in the wild
  • wolves live in hierarchical groups called packs
  • the dominant member of the pack is known as the alpha male and is usually followed in rank by his mate
  • theis topĀ  male and female are usually the only wolves in a pack to breed
  • other members of the pack contribute to their pups’ care and feeding
  • wolves are usually monogamous for life unless one member of a couple dies
  • female wolves can give birth to one litter of pups per year throughout her entire life
  • pups are born in summer in litters of 5-6 pups on average
  • wolves hunt strategically in packs to take down deer, moose, elk and other large mammals
  • when such prey is take down, a single wolf can eat up to 20 lbs of meat in one sitting
  • wolves also eat plenty of smaller game such as mice, lizards, birds and fish

Red Panda Puppet by Folkmanis

Red Panda Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Red Panda Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

 

FACTS OF INTEREST

  • red pandas can be found in the forests of India, Nepal, Laos, Bhutan and China
  • they spend most of their time up in the trees searching for food by night and sleeping aloft during the day
  • red pandas use thier luxurious tails for warmth by wrapping them around their bodies when they sleep
  • their tails also help them balance
  • females give birth once a year to litters of 1 to 4 cubs, which are born with grey fur and weigh only a few ounces
  • adults grow to be about the size of a house cat
  • red pandas are distantly related to giant pandas and raccoons, but they are the sole memebers of a separate family called the Ailuridae
  • the red panda is on the endangered species list, mainly due to the deforestation of its habitat