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Friends 4 Ever

Friends 4 Ever

Fall 2009 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: ALEX
Price: $26.99
Friends 4 Ever, a kit for weaving friendship bracelets, contains a generous quantities of beautifully colored floss, even silver and gold, plus bead embellishments. The four weaving looms included mean that friends can work on this kit together to make friendship bracelets for each other--there are more than enough supplies to go around. It comes in a nice carrying case, perfect for toting to a friend's house. Children with a low threshold for frustration may not want to work on the circular looms, and it takes a fair amount of patience to get through a single project. But the results are pleasing and much more easily achieved than the tied friendship bracelets I learned in my youth, and the bracelets seem to hold as much appeal today as they did in the '80s.

Note: The instructions were mostly clear, though there was an item added as a "hint" late in the instructions that turned out to be crucial - it should have been part of the main instructions!

Emily Crawford   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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