“ Brand: Poundland „
My 100th review :)
I have a large box of craft items and accessories which I am constantly adding too, so when my children are off school for half term etc there is always something in there to make and do. I pick craft products up from many places but during specific seasons I find Home and Bargain and Poundland are the best places to go. A few weeks back I picked up two packs of these "Make your own Easter friends" in Poundland, there were two designs to choose from, chicks or bunnies, I chose the latter. With Easter being early this year my children only broke up from school the day before Good Friday, so we only got around to making them this week.
The product is packaged inside a clear plastic bag. Inside is a cardboard slip which shows a picture of what the finished product should look like along with a list of the contents:
* Felt shapes
* Plastic safety needle
* Wobbly eyes
* Glue is needed, but no supplied.
This product is not suitable for children under 36 months, due to small parts posing a choking hazard. Parental supervision is advised whilst using this product. Of course children's abilities differ regardless of age but personally I would recommend this product for children over three.
If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the product Poundland offer a no quibble refund or replacement.
Instructions for use are given on the back of the cardboard slip, they are simple and easy to follow.
I first prepared our dining table with a plastic sheet (as I always do during craft time with my children) and the three of us sat down to begin making our Easter friends. Firstly I taught my daughters how to thread the cotton through the eye of the plastic needle, the hole was quite large so both my children were able to do this unaided. As the needle was plastic there was no danger of either of my children hurting themselves with it. They then began to sew together the bunnies felt body. My nine year old daughter found this relatively easy, initially my four year old daughter found this a little difficult but it didn't take her long to get the hang of it. I was a little disappointed that some of the pre-punched holes in the felt hadn't gone all the way through and this added to my youngest daughters difficulty. Also, the thread was only just long enough, my eldest daughter just about got her length of thread around, but as my youngest had made a few mistakes I ended up having to finish hers off with an additional needle and thread from our haberdashery box.
There was a sufficient amount of stuffing to fill the bunny and give him a nice plump feeling. As noted earlier no glue was provided in the pack, luckily I always have a large tube of UHU glue in the craft box and this worked perfectly at sticking the felt ears, cheeks, nose and wobbly eyes onto the bunny. The shapes were easily removed from the felt backing, and we never experienced any ripping or breakages. Due to the fact that we ran out of thread we were unable to use the "remaining thread" to create whiskers so we improvised and made some out of strips of felt instead.
Overall my daughters enjoyed making their bunnies. My four year old found some parts a little fustrating and did need help throughout the activity, my nine year old daughter found it quite simple and I think she would have been fine creating the bunny by herself.
It took us around 30 - 40 minutes to make the Easter bunnies and we left them to dry for 15 minutes before playing with them. My children have being playing with their finished products for a few days now and they are both still in a good condition. My youngest has been playing with hers the most (and even taking it to bed to cuddle up too) and apart from the ears needing to be stuck back on there have been no other problems. Of course I doubt that these little bunnies are going to last all that long and I imagine my children will loose interest in them altogether within a few weeks anyways.
My children and I really enjoyed making these little Easter friends, and although I did have a few niggles with the product (eg the length of the thread) I found them to be decent enough for £1.