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Many Mini Snowmen Wool Felting Kit

Rambling Rose Alpaca Ranch
www.upalpaca.com

W4173 Number 31.75 Road
Carney, MI 49812
906-639-2914

The Many Mini Snowmen Wool Felting Kit came with several balls of roving, two felting needles, a knee high, and a baggie of various novelty yarns that could be felted into the project. There was one sheet of instructions with different methods of felting as well as a step-by-step guide to making the snowmen using the kit.

I used this kit with my 4-year-old, almost 7-year-old, and 8 1/2-year-old children. The 4-year-old needed lots of help; she told me what to do, and I did it for her. The older two were pretty capable of maneuvering the needle and making their own snowmen. Only one finger-pricking incident happened during our project, and that was by the oldest child. In order to help them with felting their balls together, I gave each child a cutting board to put under their felt balls so that they didn't need to worry about stabbing the table or holding the balls in their hand.

When I first opened the package, I didn't realize there were two felting needles included because they were taped to a half paper. Since I did not see a packing sheet in my package, I was unaware of the needles and could have easily poked myself. The needles were two different sizes for slightly different purposes, but once they were removed from the paper and used by my children, I no longer knew which was which. I would have appreciated a packing list and clearly marked needles in protected packaging.

The alpaca wool included in this kit is super soft and was dyed in beautiful colors. There was enough white to make three snowmen, with three 2-inch felted balls each. The yarn choices included were varied, and there was something to strike the fancy of all of my kids. This was a nice kit that provided a fun hour and a new experience for my children. After making our snowmen, I still have roving in several colors as well as a collection of fibers to make other projects with. We used this kit for an art experience, but it could easily have been tied into several different unit studies. At $13.95 plus shipping, this kit is a good value, and I highly recommend it.





Product review by Marisa Corless, MH, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, November 2010


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