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Shamballa Bracelets

Shamballa Bracelets

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: ALEX
Price: $14.95

The Shamballa Bracelets kit contains 6 colors of twine, 32 plastic silver beads, 10 metal beads, 4 jewel beads, a suction hook and step-by-step directions for bracelet making. Children can use the twine, beads and suction hook to make cute braided bracelets.

Making the first bracelet with this kit required an adult to prepare the twine. The process requires measuring multiple pieces of twine, cutting the twine, and making difficult knots. Parents also helped children follow the step-by-step directions as they learned how the bracelets are made. From there, children could create other bracelets on their own (although they still needed a parent to prepare the twine). The suction hook works well and is a definite help in making the bracelets, as is the ingeniously placed tape measure on the side of the directions.

Our tween testers loved making, wearing, and sharing their bracelet creations. There are many different ways to combine the beads and colored twine, so no two bracelets need look alike. This kit allows kids to be creative and to focus toward an end-goal. Some parents did wish that the kit came with more materials; however, once the twine and beads run out, the suction hook can still be used with any store-bought twine and beads.

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