I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by Cate & Levi.
Puppets have been a source of enjoyment for thousands of years, but they do so much more than provide amusement. They can also help to stimulate a child’s imagination and encourage emotional development. Puppets can also improve motor skills and boost confidence when it comes to speaking and reading. All of these things are important to me, so when Cate & Levi offered me one of their adorable puppets to review, I jumped at the chance.
Josh Title started Cate & Levi in 2008. After the birth of his son Levi, the law school graduate realized his true calling was to create unique and beautifully designed children’s products. He set out to create a collection that was not only environmentally responsible, but well-crafted and engaging. The first collection and signature pieces were stuffed animals crafted from upcycled sweaters.
Handmade in Toronto, Canada, Cate & Levi uses as many local materials as possible to reduce carbon footprint and shipping costs. The company offers three lines: One Of A Kind Reclaimed Wool Finished Products, DIY Wool Crafting Kits and Softy Polar Fleece Finished Products.
Each wool item is made from individually selected reclaimed sweaters that are cleaned with eco-friendly detergent. This ensures each product is safe, environmentally friendly, and one-of-a-kind. Cate & Levi wants every item to be as unique as the child it finds a home with. The DIY kits let children bring their puppet or stuffed animal to life. Each kit contains unique materials and comes with everything needed to complete the project.
The Softy Polar Fleece Finished products, the newest in the Cate & Levi lines, are made from Polar Fleece. This man-made material, created mostly from recycled plastic bottles, is manufactured by the Maldon Mills Company. The materials are then cut and sewn at the Cate & Levi design studio. Unlike the reclaimed wool finished products, these are not one-of-a-kind. Though they are not exactly unique, the items in this line are adorable and super-soft.
We received the Handmade Softy Unicorn Puppet. Handcrafted from 100% Polar Fleece, it is soft enough for hugging, cuddling, and even naptime. It is even machine washable for easy care. The puppet features bright, beautiful colors and the quality is obvious with just a glance. This product is designed with safety in mind and is suitable for newborns and up.
The kids and I fell in love with the puppet at first sight. It was bold, adorable, and unlike any puppet we had played with. Though I knew my soon-to-be toddler would be eager to play with it, I was surprised when the older kids were just as enamored with it. Shortly after it arrived, the kids were putting on puppet shows for little sister. They took turns making it talk, sing, and dance. Regardless of who was using the puppet, she would giggle and dance along.
I love that the puppet offers open-ended play. It also inspires the kids to use their imagination and get creative in order keep my youngest interested. I can’t wait to add more of the adorable puppets to our collection and I already have my eyes set on the Giraffe Wool Puppet.