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My Embroidery Kit

My Embroidery Kit

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: ALEX
Price: $27.95

The Alex My Embroidery Kit comes in a super cute Keepsake tin making it a terrific gift, perfectly portable, and super easy to keep track of the 75 embroidery pieces included with the kit.

Although the product says it's for ages 7 and up, ages 8 to 9 proved to be a better place to start in our evaluator's house.

The instructions were fairly easy for our evaluator's daughter to follow at first, but as she tried new stitches, she found some of the illustrations a bit difficult to follow and needed help. We wished that the instructions had illustrations of more steps, and we also would have liked to see good use case examples for the stitches. Other embroidery ideas and photos of embroidered items would have been appreciated, too.

Small hurdles aside, the stitches can be figured out, and having so many design choices is very empowering. The activity really fueled creativity as our testers imagined how the stitches might come together to form different effects on clothing. A cute headband project is included, but our testers seemed more interested in layering, decorating and stitching the felt shapes onto their pants. Parents loved the pride and accomplishment they saw on their children's face when they showed off their embroidery work.

Andrea Sheehan   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Andrea Sheehan is a former teacher and Mom to four, currently working to successfully blend games, teaching, and technology with her startup, Outthink Inc.

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