Developmental Benefits of Quality Toys

  • Imagination & Creativity – encourages imitative and imaginative play, promotes fantasy story telling, role playing and creativity
  • Social Skills – the basics of communication, cooperation, and collaberation; encorages trust, friendship, and language development
  • Self-Discovery – enhances baby’s perspective with visual, tactile and auditory cues.
  • Problem Solving – introduces logic, matching, spatial relationships, critical thinking, and an understanding of cause and effect.
  • Physical Skills – boosts coordination, balance and physical strength.
  • Fine Motor Skills – promotes dexterity, hand/eye coordination and manipulations.

Crocodile Creek Product Safety

Please be assured that all Crocodile Creek products are safe for children. They regard the safety of the children in the world and the safety of their products as being of the utmost importance. Their product development department works closely with their manufacturing facilities to see that their products conform to all of the appropriate safety standards.

Drinking Bottles
The drinking bottles are made of high-quality stainless steel #304. The lid is HDPE#2 and the cap is PP#5. All materials are completely recyclable and are lead-free, phthalate-free, BPA-free and PVC-free.

The lunchboxes are child safe with lead-free linings and are PVC free and phthalate free. They conform to both U.S. and European safety standards as well as FDA recommendations.

The children’s bibs are child safe, PVC free and phthalate free. They are made of cotton and coated with TPU (thermo polyurethane) which provides the bibs with an easy-to-clean surface. They conform to both U.S. and European safety standards.

Playground Balls 
The playground balls are made of natural and synthetic rubber and contain no PVC, BPA, or vinyl. They conform to both U.S. and European safety standards.

The placemats are made of polypropylene and are PVC free. They conform to both U.S. and European safety standards.

The melamine is BPA-free and conforms to both US and European safety standards. The use of melamine as tableware is fully approved by the US Food & Drug Administration.


The backpacks are made of high-quality polyester. They are BPA, PVC and phthalate-free and conform to both US and European safety standards.

Concerns about Lead in Children’s products
Crocodile Creek is committed to making certain all their products are child safe and lead safe. They work with accredited third-party independent testing laboratories to make certain that their products conform to recognized U.S., European and international standards for lead in children’s products, including CPSIA regulations.

Hope this helps put your mind at ease when purchasing Crocodile Creek items.

Happy day!

the folks at Cow & Lizard

Folkmanis Puppet Care

You can maintain your puppets’ appearance by brushing whenever they need a touch up. Animals with long plush also enjoy a nice fluffing once in awhile.
Folkmanis recommends the following for their puppets.

Puppet Care

Did you ever feel somewhat droopy following a long car trip? After several days in a stuffy box, your puppets may appear a little travel-weary. To freshen them up, we recommend a shake-out and thorough grooming with a wire or coarse-bristled brush. By brushing with – rather than against – the fabric grain, you’ll quickly restore the quality and realism of the animal’s fur. BUT NOTE THIS WARNING: a strong brush is no friend to the eyes and ears of an animal. Both can be scratched and damaged if care is not taken to avoid these sensitive areas.

Cleaning Recommendations

Furry Plush Puppets:

(Sheepdog, Collie, Timber Wolf, etc.) DO NOT PUT IN WASHER OR DRYER. This will destroy your puppet. Furry plush puppets are surface-washable only. Do not submerge the puppet in water. Use lukewarm water and sponge with Woolite® or other mild laundry detergent to wet and lather fur. Rinse surface with sponge. Be careful not to wring or twist the puppet, or you may end up with lumpy stuffing. Dry by gently squeezing between towels, or hanging from clothesline to drip-dry. After it’s dry, brush with wire dog brush to fluff the fur. When brushing face, be careful to avoid scratching the eyes or pulling out the threads in ears, nose, or mouth areas.

Velour Plush Puppets

(Ladybug, Large Pig, etc.) DO NOT PUT IN WASHER OR DRYER. With the larger velour puppets, surface-wash with a sponge, mild detergent and lukewarm water. The smaller velour glove puppets can actually be submerged in lukewarm water to wash. Do not wring or twist puppet. To dry the puppet, gently squeeze between towels or drip-dry from clothesline. Do not brush the velour puppets.

Browse the entire line of Folkmanis puppets at

Hsppy Day!

the folks at Cow & Lizard