This post is brought you as part of our #2014HOTHolidayGifts Holiday Gift Guide and is hosted by Home on Deranged.
Disclosure: The following post is a collaboration with KidStuff PR on behalf of PomTree. We received products for the review. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
Alright, we all know that I’m not terribly crafty. I can do simple crafts with cutting, pasting, and coloring. But I’ll never be the Pinterest-prize-winning mom on the block. Thankfully, I was recently given the opportunity to try out the PomTree line of creative craft kits. Mess-free? Yes, it was, and the girls were laughing and smiling, and I was blissfully stress-free as I helped them work their crafty magic – with a big dollop of inspiration from Pom Tree.
PomTree is Stuck on Fun
So what’s so special about PomTree, you’re wondering? No sewing, no gluing. That’s right, no needles or extra work needed by me, and no glue sticks or bottles of glue or even hot glue guns. Zero mess, zero fuss. The pieces are pre-cut, so you don’t even need scissors.
How does it work? PomTree is “stuck on fun,” which means everything has a sticky backing that kids as young as 3 can unpeel and then stick, which Annie did as she crafted her puppy pillow. Truthfully though, Leelou, our 2 year old, could do it as well, since she’s had practice at preschool. However, she was a little more “artistic” in the placement of the parts than her sister was, if you know what I mean. But she still loved her Mama Owl, probably even more.
There’s still the thrill of making something from scratch and using their imagination to figure out how exactly they wanted all the pieces to fit together. The control freak mommy in me wanted Annie to make her puppy pillow look like the one on the box. But after a deep breath I realized, she was learning far more about colors and shapes by doing it in her own style, and it was more precious to her because of it.
There are visual guides provided with each craft kit, just in case you’re worry a
little lot like me.
***Did I mention there’s a giveaway at the end of this post?***
Puppy Pillow Puff Kit
Our girls are crazy about puppies. They love all four of my sister’s tiny dogs, and they love our two black Labs, and of course, they love every puppy we see. Everywhere. So it was pretty much a no-brainer for me to choose the Puppy Kit.
I helped her remove the backing from the bigger pieces, but otherwise she knew what to do. And dad lent us a hand with sticking it together, to ensure that it was done correctly and would hold. She made a crazy design on the puppy, and its eyes weren’t quite level, but it didn’t matter. She felt like a “big girl” for doing it, and she thought mom was cool for doing crafts with her. Oh, and the little bone? Adorable!
Mommy & Baby Owl Kit
I had purposely asked for the owl kit because Leelou loves them, and I wasn’t one bit disappointed. She was “hooting” the entire time we made it. With the big pom as the Mommy Owl body, Leelou loved unpeeling the eyes, wings, and by the time we got to the feet, she was doing it all herself. She’s a very independent young lady, and she had very definite ideas on how Mommy Owl would look.
I did step in on the Baby Owl, because as a much smaller pom, it required a slightly more delicate touch. When Leelou graciously let Annie take over, she got the eyes, wings and feet onto it, and the tiny little pom ball instantly got a home next to the puppy. Gah, the cuteness!
Other Favorites for the Holidays
- Pom Jewelry – We also received this craft, which is rated for ages 5 and up. There are over 400 pieces of pom pom beads, pony beads, satin cord, foam charms and felt shapes. The ideas are limitless: bracelets, necklaces, keychains, hair bands and so much more. And still – no mess for you to clean up!
- Felt Pillow Puff Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff – Just like the Puppy Kit, only with a kitty cat and mouse!
- Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Bird Kit – Similar to the Mommy & Baby Owl Kit, this one is a bluebird of happiness, with her sweet baby alongside!
PomTree was founded in 2012 with a specific focus on easy-to-assemble make and play craft activities for kids, without the messy glue. For more information, visit their colorful website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check out their Pinterest board.
Ready to Buy?
All the PomTree craft kits, activity playsets, PomTree Pets, Activity Tubs and More can be purchased at Consumer Crafts.
And now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!
For readers age 18+in the U.S., we are offering a giveaway of a Winner’s Choice of any ONE of the 5 craft kits listed above (Puppy & Bone, Kitty & Mouse, Mommy & Baby Owl, Mommy & Baby Bird, Jewelry Kit)! Enter the Giveaway Tools entry below and get ready to enter the colorful and mess-free world of PomTree Kids!
Home on Deranged and The Noise of Boys are highly recommending PomTree Kids and its colorful activity playsets for all your Holiday Gift Guide Needs! #2014HOTHolidayGifts