Needle Felting Kit: Sea Otter
Easy; 1-2 otters
Until I saw these kits, I only had a vague idea what needle felting was... and it sounded complex, like crocheting. I was amazed when I saw a demonstration and realized that you don't need any fancy crafting skills to enjoy it. Basically, you take a strip of wool, roll it up, hold it on a foam pad and "needle it," inserting a felting needle over and over again until the wool shape becomes firm. On each insertion, the barbed felting needles interlock the wool fibers in essence "sculpting" a felt shape. You can even connect one shape to another shape (like an ear to a head) by needling the two shapes together. Each kit contains all of the materials you need to create an adorable animal, including wool, felting needles and any "extras" like beads, ribbon, etc (the exception is the foam pad, which is reusable over and over again; you'll need to purchase one of these separately with your first kit). Many kits create more than one project, so multiple children can do them together. Easy kits feature animals with simpler shapes than intermediate kits, but both work on the same principles. Go ahead, try this relaxing (even addictive!) craft.) Made in the USA.