Review: Pom Tree Kids
Between my boys and my nieces, I take care of lots of people who enjoy a good craft project, so I was happy for the chance to review a variety of projects from Pom Tree Kids. I appreciate this company is dedicated to helping kids enjoy doing something that doesn’t involve a screen!
The first thing we played with was a Pom Jewelry set, and while you might think it’s strange that my boys enjoyed creating with it, they actually were not real bothered by all the pink and purple. My older son chose some colors he liked to make a keychain to put on his backpack, and when he came home the next day he said someone had complimented it so he wanted to make one for them too! My younger son put a variety of “charms” onto a bracelet, along with some fuzzy pom poms. I think that the pom pom beads were a favorite of both boys, and while in theory the little plastic tube going through them would make it easy to them on a string, the thread that is included with this kit is too fat to go through the tube easily. That ended up causing some frustration and I even had to go get a needle to get one particularly tough “bead” on. The boys weren’t real in to layering the flower shapes on top of each other, but I can see how another child would find that to be really fun.
My 3 year old niece and I worked together to make her a Mommy and Baby Owl Pom Pals Kit. The mommy owl is like a giant pom and the baby owl is a tiny pom pom. She was really excited about making them and she enjoyed helping to stick down the different parts. I personally had some trouble getting the paper backing off of the some the pieces as the sticky part wanted to stick the backing instead of the felt. A couple of pieces I accidentally peeled the sticky part off and ended up having to hot glue the felt pieces on to the pom pom. I also put some hot glue behind the large googly eyes on the mommy owl because they were not sticking down around the edges and I was afraid she would peel them off. The end result of this project is cute to look at, but I think it serves best as a decorate item as opposed to a toy to snuggle with since it seems to shed some pink fur and I’m not sure how well the parts would stay on if it was being played with a lot.
The final project we completed was the Felt Puppy and Bone Pillow Puff. My youngest son was counting down the days until he got to make his dog (while his brother was at Lego club). I think that out of the projects I reviewed, the dog was the easiest to make and had the best result. We were able to remove all the sticky back pieces without a problem. The directions were pretty easy to follow, and I think that the pieces stuck better to the felt than the pom pom. My son worked carefully to arrange the spots just like the picture, and he really liked that the dog came with a little bone. I did have to get out my hot glue gun to glue the ends of the dogs ears down so it would like like the picture on the box. Ears sticking straight up could have been done without glue.
We are happy to be able to offer a giveaway to our readers of one of these products. Personally I would recommend the Pom Jewelry set for an older child (given that you provide your own thinner string) or the Puppy for a younger child. Just leave a comment (include your email address if needed) and let us know if you’ve earned an extra entry by liking Play Eat Grow or Pom Tree on Facebook, or following Play Eat Grow or Pom Tree on Twitter or Pinterest. One of the kits I reviewed, or a blue mamma bird pom pom kit/ a pink felt kitty kit, can be selected by the winner of our giveaway (ends 10/27). These kits are also for sale here.
I received this kits from Pom Tree for free, in exchange for an honest review.