Kids are full of energy, but sometimes it’s good to slow them down and channel that energy into making things with their hands. This deluxe potholder loom is a wonderful, creative kit that lets kids make vibrant, useful potholders to give as gifts or even sell at a fundraiser! They can also stitch potholders together to create rugs or place-mats.
They’ll learn about patterning and exercise fine-motor muscles, too.
Best of all, kids will feel a great sense of accomplishment when they
make things themselves. Ages 6 and older.
Kit components: one sturdy seven- inch-square metal loom, three bags of multicolored cotton loops (enough to make six potholders), one weaving hook and one finishing hook, plus complete instructions.
Awards: Dr. Toy Gold; Oppenheim Best Toy.
Harrisville Designs is a small, family-owned company in New Hampshire specializing in non-techy, creative textile crafts for children (and grown-ups!). Their fiber arts kits let kids experience the pleasure of working with their hands.