Papaton Kids, founded by Anna Ten in California, is on a mission to enchant young minds by weaving the magic of storytelling into captivating shadow puppet kits. Our belief is simple: every child should have the chance to express themselves, dream, and learn in a fun and engaging way. Each kit we create is a portal to a world of endless storytelling adventures, imagination and creativity.
Free Mobile App to Create Real Theatricl Atmosphere: The accompanying app includes fairy tale scripts in 8 languages (Am. English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, Russian), original orchestral music, special effects and lights for the shows.
Papaton Shadow Theater kits are perfect for developing creativity and narrative storytelling skills, promotes active play and gives kids a unique theatrical experience.
- Best Creative Fun, Tillywig Awards (2019);
- Family Choice Awards (2020);
- Seal of Approval, the National Parenting Center (2020);
- Parents’ Choice Recommended, Parents’ Choice Foundation (2020);
PAL Award, Play On Words (2021);
- The Toy Insider Winner, Top Summer Toys (2022);
- Astra Play Award, Pretend Play Category (2023);
- Papaton Shadow Theater kits were featured in USA Today as one of the hottest holiday toys.
- Endorsed by toy expert and speech-language pathologist Erika Cardamone on Fox 6 Milwaukee for boosting kids' creativity and storytelling skills.
- Included in the Toy Insider's Spring & Summer Toy Guide in 2022.
- Featured in Toy Insider as a "Toy That Helps Kids Become Storytellers".
- Named the best Holiday Toy for Boys aged 3 years old by Spruce 2023 Holiday Gift Guide.
- Highlighted in Mom Does Review for its ability to encourage creative play in kids.
- Featured in aNb Media, inc. "Papaton Shadow Theater Scores Top Marks with Customers Online".
- Creator of Papaton Shadow Theater kits Anna Ten shares insights into the creation of Papaton Shadow Theatre on Canvas Rebel.
- Featured in an article on Shoutout LA where Anna Ten, the creator of Papaton Shadow Theater kits discusses the journey of creating Papaton Shadow Theatre.
And we’re not done yet – we've got big plans for the future.