Toronto, Canada (PressExposure) December 08, 2009 -- NETS is an association of independently owned Canadian toy stores, toy manufacturers and sales agents. The association produces an annual holiday catalogue that includes toys and games. As well, it features new products that are selected by the retail members and referred to as the Latest and Greatest for the holiday season.
3 Bags Full Finger Puppet Pouches have been chosen as one of this year's five Latest and Greatest. These sets of hand knitted animal finger puppets come in knit carrying bags that also double as a story board. A brightly colored scene is painted on the front of the bag--for example, an under water landscape. Snaps have been fastened into the scenes and onto each of the 8 puppets in the set. This allows parents, teachers and children to snap the puppets into the scene and use the bag for story telling.
The sets come in 6 themes (farm, garden, jungle, ocean, woods and arctic) and offer a way for parents to have fun interacting with their young children. They are sold with a list of suggested storybooks meant to interest a child in books. Educators tell parents that combining puppet play and books helps young children develop oral language skills. This is considered to be the first step to becoming a proficient reader.
Thirty NETS toy stores are stocking 3 Bags Full this year and distributing the annual toy catalogue. To locate the store nearest you go to craftsfrombolivia.com for a list of retailers. To receive a copy of this year's catalogue, contact your local toy store.
Canadians who support the fair trade movement are particularly pleased to see 3 Bags Full being sold at local toy stores this year. Fair Trade is an alternative form of trade that brings ethically produced goods from developing countries to richer nations. This movement is growing in Canada; many consumers now recognize that ethical purchases help poor artisans make a better life for their families. And, this trend has influenced young parents to seek out well-made, ethically produced toys for their children.
Ayni Bolivia and Crafts from Bolivia have partnered to bring this high quality, ethically produced product to Canada. Ayni Bolivia is the fair trade artisan group that created this original product. With the marketing efforts of Indigenous Crafts from Bolivia, a small fair trade importing business, interest in 3 Bags Full Finger Puppet Pouches is growing. The promotion of Three Bags Full as one of the Latest and Greatest is helping these partners to build a Canadian distribution network. As well, it is doing its part in making ethically produced toys more accessible.