Did you know, that in addition to getting a beautifully made puppet, when you buy a Folkmanis product, you get a story as well? Included with the puppet is a tag filled with interesting facts and a story you can use to start you on your puppeteering journey.
This majestic monster has the story of The Wishing Stone by Madeleine Scott:
Long ago, a young musician traveling through the deep forest was over-taken by a storm, but luckily found a cave for shelter. Waiting for the storm to pass, he sat and strummed his lyre as he sang in a pure and beautiful voice. The music woke a dragon of great power whose lair was deep within, piled high in precious stones. In truth, dragons love song even mover than jewels. And so, when the scaly head loomed over the trembling youth, …. and the dragon spoke:
What do you think the dragon said? Leave your guess in the comments and check back tomorrow for the end of the story and see if you were right! Or, if you can’t wait until tomorrow, stop by the store and check the tag for yourself.
posted by Mary Beth
According to this article by Freya Peterson male koalas, during mating season, can make as much noise as a one ton cow because of a “descended larynx” which up until now was considered a strictly human trait.
Can you imagine these cute koalas making that much noise?
Gund 11" Koala Bear
Jellycat Medium Bashful Koala Bear
Posted by Helen
Monarch Butterfly Pin by Bamboo Jewelry
In the United States, the first three generations of Monarch Butterflies each year live between two and six weeks. The 4th generation can live up to eight months because they have to make the monumental migration back to Mexico. Even though they have never been there before, they instinctively know to make their way to the same spot their ancestors left in the Spring. (An easy to follow presentation can be found on learner.org here)
Monarch Butterfly Handpuppet by Folkmanis
If you’re lucky and you’re on the migration path, you can see hundreds and hundreds of Monarch Butterflies flying through your town. Since they fly thousands of miles before they get home, it’s no wonder that several have stopped by Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals for a bit of a rest before they hit the road again.
Monarch Butterfly Fingerpuppet from Folkmanis
Come on in to see all our beautiful Monarchs and while you’re here, say hi to their biggest fan.
Tabitha watching for the Monarch Butterflies
Posted by Mary Beth
So, you’re in a store or a restaurant and you see something that resembles a scrambled television screen or a magic eye puzzle. You have probably wondered what exactly it is. This is called a Quick Response code, better known as a QR code. At Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals, in Red Bank, New Jersey, we use QR codes as a way to interact with our customers. So that you can interact with us, we have some information for you on what exactly these codes are and how to use them!
QR codes were initially created to track parts in vehicle manufacturing. Today, the codes are used for several different purposes including, commercial tracking, entertainment, product marketing and in-store labeling. The codes work much like a bar code does. The placement of the pixel-like pieces in the code transmits to a picture, coupon, website or text for the user when they’re scanned.
While the general purpose of the codes is to get mobile device users to scan the codes using special phone applications, anyone can read a QR code using something called a Uniform Resource Identifier, or URI. It might sound complicated, but basically all that means is that you need to have an application either on your phone or computer than can read the code. Here is a complete list of applications for your computer or phone to get you started! If you don’t want to download anything on your phone, you can either take a picture of or print the codes and have someone else read it for you!
Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals is using QR codes as a fun way to not only give costumers little tidbits of information about different animals, but also a fun way to learn about our products and interact! The picture to the right is an example of one of our QR codes that we posted on our Facebook page! We asked “What animal has teeth, not in its mouth, but its stomach?” and users who scanned the code found out that the answer is a Crab!
Download one of the applications on your phone if you don’t have one already and head in to the store to have some fun with our QR codes!