CRAFTS AND DIY

Stitch ‘n Kids: the braid star

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I saw this braid star at my friend Elke’s house and went to buy one for my children as I’m always interested in these kind of simple crafting tools. And it has become an instant hit in our household! Simply a wooden disc with 8 slots, it’s the perfect entertainment for children aged 4 (depending on their motor skills) and up.

When we were visiting Courtney and co in London last April, I brought braiding stars for all of the kids. They all made each other friendship bracelets and it kept them busy and calm at the same time (exceptional!!).

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With the summer holiday rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to mention the braid star as it is such a perfect item to bring along while traveling. Small enough to keep in your handbag, and it will keep children perfectly entertained on an airplane, in the back of a car, on a train, etc. Plus — they can make presents for all the little friends they meet on their travels!

I picked up our braid stars at De Zaailing in Amsterdam, but I found similar items on Etsy, and here, in case you’re interested.

xxx Esther

PS I really like the thought of asking my children to weave their own colourful shoe laces with the braid star!


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Comments (2)

Jay Squire
May 20, 2015

Thanks so much for the link to our etsy site. We have had a lot of fun with these braid stars. They are a hit at the fiber shows we attend. We also added a 16 strand braid star, which is not for the youngsters as the process is a bit more involved. Send me your address and I’ll be glad to send one your way.


Carol
May 21, 2015

My girls (7 and 5) have just discovered these- but we make a cardboard disc with a cereal box – which keeps falling apart! So I am off to Etsy to buy a couple of these 🙂
Such a nice avtivity for them and us


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