I just had to write a review of this fantastic craft kit, as young sir and I have had so much fun making it!
He got his Fox travel buddy as a Christmas present, and I must admit I was a little sceptical at first about whether he would enjoy making it. But I’m very happy to say that he did!
The kit comes with everything you need to make your travel buddy, a blanket to keep them cosy on their travels, a travel case and a passport notebook. There’s some basic sewing to do, sticking and cutting out, so mummy’s help was definitely needed. But an older child should be able to make the whole thing unaided.
First task was sewing the body front and back together using a running stitch and a nice, child friendly, round pointed needle. He really quickly got the idea of poking the needle through the pre-cut holes, and pulling the wool taught. After the first few I didn’t really need to help him other than pointing him in the right direction and reminding him not to pull the needle off the end! I was very impressed and he really enjoyed it. When Daddy came home from work half way through he was excitedly told all about “sewing my fox friend”. So sweet!
I had envisioned it being a multi-day task, but he insisted on finishing the whole thing before bed that night! After the sewing we had to stick on fox’s features. He loved checking the instructions to see if we were doing the right thing, and matching the sticky pieces to the pictures before we peeled off the backing paper. I helped him position the pieces and he stuck them down (with glee!).
Finally we stuffed him and sewed up the final seam before Mummy had to tie a knot in the wool and cut the ends.
Fox, as he has imaginatively been named, has become a firm friend already, and has been on a trip to visit Granny and Grandad. We’ve also made a start on decorating his blanket and I’m looking forward to all the fun adventures we can have with him.
I have great plans about sending Fox off on his travels around the world as a way for us to learn about other countries and cultures. If we are successful in this I’ll (try to remember to!) share with you how we’re getting on and what works well.