Wondering how to keep the kids/tweens busy at home or while traveling? You may be interested in the new My Friendship Bracelet Maker Traveler and My Ribbon Barrette Maker. Don’t worry, the main site features instructional videos as well as written instructions for beginners and novices alike.
Friendship bracelets have been something fun to make and share for decades. With the My Friendship Bracelet Maker Traveler your kids can make them wherever they go. No more taping the strings to table, desks, or chairs or forgetting which string is which. With a handy-dandy clip to keep the bracelet in place, 10 slots to hold those strings taut, and a tray to keep new supplies the Traveler is a great item. The included instructions cover the basic knots used and how to get started. Those can also be found online with additional patterns.
My daughter did great on her bracelet but I can’t tell you much about it since she’s making it for a surprise gift. I decided to make one too and tried an intermediate pattern for the bracelet I made. What nostalgia!
There are a few differences between this version and the original Friendship Bracelet Maker. The Traveler is a bit smaller, has a stationary clip, and the tray extends from the side. I also noticed that the Traveler tray locks in place a bit more securely.
The original, on the other hand, has a clip that can be adjusted and interchanged, a tray that easily slides out from the bottom, holds four more colors, and has a compartment to hold the some instructions. Both items come with the pictured strings that are individually wrapped for ease of use. They function basically the same so it’s up to you which features will work out best for your child(ren).
The same company also makes the My Ribbon Barrette Maker. My daughter had a blast with this! It’s so easy to make the barrettes and, with the items included, there are so many combinations that can be put together.
Her first barrette turned out fantastic and she has worn it several days since it was completed. I love the fact that barrettes can actually stay in my daughter’s hair all day! The hanging ribbons should have been longer but I cut the ribbons, assuming there was plenty to make two and stretch the supplies. Sorry, munchkin – next time I won’t be stingy and will let you use the whole ribbon. Oh well, the barrette still turned out cute. She can’t wait to make another!
The maker of these products, Choose Friendship Company, has joined in an anti-bullying initiative with their documentary-type music video, Inside Out. It’s an encouraging and inspiring video encouraging young ones to help each other in standing up against bullying.
If you have a crafty kid that enjoys braiding, tying, and creating items to wear or share, these are some great all-in-one kits to invest in.
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