HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA – Puppet Heap Playthings
Toys are very different from the ones of both my generation and my children’s generation. Electronics are OK in the proper time and place but I believe in toys that foster creative play and build imagination. In the spare bedroom there is a toy box full of books, puzzles, building blocks, Mr. Potato Head, cars and trucks. There are also dolls, a couple of puppets, and a deluxe puppet theater to occupy visiting grand children. So when Puppet Heap Playthings sent me a puppet character, she joined the troop of glove, body and marionette ones the grandchildren and I enjoy.
Paul Andrejco’s Puppet Heap Hoboken design studio describes puppets as the original, interactive, digital, wireless entertainment device. I’d describe his works as pieces of art evolving from concept to the stage step by step. His original design drawings, fabrication, and production succeed and follow the tradition of early television’s ad libbed unscripted Kukla, Fran and Ollie, ventriloquist Paul Winchell’s dummies, and Jim Henson’s Muppets.
Series One Mother Hubbard Among Others lives in Spudbottom. She and her five companion characters (dog Toby, cat Lucy complete with fiddle, Constable, Doctor, and Cabby) are affordable, unique, and handcrafted. All six’s individual codes connect them unlimited to be explored worlds inside their minds as well as to the Puppet Heap Playthings website and Spudbottom.com.
A puppeteer can play out the nursery rhyme Old Mother Hubbard in its original text or follow his fancy. A puppeteer practices spontaneity, speech skills, experimentation even coordination communicating to an audience. Using puppets to tell stories is entertaining fun. The user gets to bring them to life and give them a life of their own. Be sure to check one possible short film take at www.puppetheap.com.
As a finished product – design drawings, fabrication, and production wise – Old Mother Hubbard herself is well-constructed and crafted. It is all new material, polyesther, and washable in cold water. Her apron pocket actually is just that. Its opening makes it the source of endless possibilities as it is perfect place for either a small show prop or a reward.
Mother Hubbard introduced to the public at the February 2011 New York City Toy Fair is available online at www.amazon.com. Its SMRP is currently $19.99. If it is good enough for Nickelodeon, Dreamworks and Disney, how can you lose? Meanwhile, I can’t wait to get my hands on Series Two.
The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me, as a member of RoleMommy, for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.