Toys and games are essential to a child’s development and happiness. When games are combined with hands-on aspects, such as building crafts, children benefit even further from engagement with the product. Silver Dolphin, an imprint that publishes innovative children’s books designed to enlighten and entertain, is launching a brand new series of crafting kits for kids with their “Pom-Pom Pals” series.
“Pom-Pom Pals” is a series of activity books aimed at children aged 7 and older that gives them the opportunity to create cute figures out of yarn and other soft materials such as felt. The series currently has two kits: “Pom-Pom Pals: Farm” and “Pom-Pom Pals: Pets.” Both sets retail for $18.95 and include most of what children need to make several pom-pom pals (scissors and glue are not included).
Pom-Pom Pals kits include over 200 feet of soft yarn, pom-pom balls, felt fabric, ribbons and cut-out templates. Adding an extra adorable element is the inclusion of “pet adoption certificates” and a press-out paper carrier to give the completed pom-pom pals a home. One of the most impressive aspects of these kits are the incredibly detailed (and visual) instructions which double as booklets full of facts about the animals being modeled. The directions are crystal clear via step-by-step photos and it is not difficult to figure out what needs to be done.
Although the instructions are easy to understand, these projects are quite time consuming so these sets are best given to patient children who have a pre-established fondness for working with yarn. The figures will come together as promised, but it takes a lot of diligence on the side of the builder to ensure that they are perfectly designed. The “final trim” on the pom-poms is especially tedious. Additionally, once assembled, the pom-pom pals need to be kept stationary somewhere since they are quite delicate and will not handle being moved around at length.
The wide variations of designs available via these kits are impressive as are the wonderful instruction manuals and the quality of the materials included. To fairly rate this product, I will give it 4 out of 5 stars for children who enjoy crafting and/or yarn work. For those who are not accustomed to crafting and/or working with yarn, I give these sets 3 out of 5 stars due to the raw amount of time that they take to complete.
To purchase a Pom-Pom Pals kit, visit the official Silver Dolphin website.