Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and child development experts, along with concerned parents, worry that electronic gadgets are a terrible substitute for important interaction. Likewise, battery-operated toys have been linked to shorter attention spans, lower emotional regulation, and a ton of other developmental red flags. The research is consistently showing that we are building children who are entertainment-dependent and less able to self-regulate and communicate by choosing these types of toys for our kids.
Many people are looking for anything other than a cell phone, TV, computer or some other kind of gadget to keep the kids entertained. So anyone who would rather see kids use their own imaginations for creative, wholesome fun will LOVE our adorable handmade finger puppets. Best of all, they aren’t just for children, ThumbThings Handmade Finger Puppets bring out the kid in all of us. If play is infused into family life, everyone has more fun! Whether you’re six or 60, play is beneficial and when younger and older generations play together, the benefits are even greater. When children play with adults, they display higher levels of language development and problem solving skills, while parents and grandparents get a chance to reminisce about their own childhoods and enjoy play’s many benefits too.
Part of our mission is to inspire people to think about their everyday purchases and about how choosing responsibly made products can change the world. All of our adorable finger puppets are sustainably made and hand-crafted by artisan collectives from the rural areas of the Peruvian high-plains. We are certified by Green America and a member of the Global Green Alliance, we source ethically, practice fair trade principles and strive to help these artisans extend their products reach.
Each finger puppet is as unique as the artist who created it! Some characters are only available in limited quantities and then never made again. Others are created by artisans from subsistence communities who only knit during certain periods of the year and produce small quantities of magnificent finger puppets. Our network of artisan-producers is comprised of 800+ talented individuals who are encouraged to use their creativity to the fullest! Most work from home using their passion and skills to create these colorful finger puppets which help supplement their family’s income. These toys are special, they are not made in a factory, they are handmade with love!