Crafty Chicago kids can use their creativity and imaginations with the ecofriendly seedling Create a Wooden People Family craft kit. Packaged in simple cardboard, this do-it-yourself kit provides boys and girls ages 4 and up with the starter materials they need to design and create a unique family of wooden peg people.
Unlike “paint by number” craft kits that limit children’s choices and give them so much direction that each child who completes the kit produces almost exactly the same craft, this seedling DIY kit encourages invention and self-expression and inspires each child to create a set of unique toy figures unlike those made by any other child.
About seedling Create Your Own Family craft kit
Each of these DIY seedling kits comes with seven wooden peg people (a man, a woman, two boys, two girls, and a baby), a set of colored wooden pencils, several swatches of colored felt, several swatches of patterned fabric, several lengths of threads of different colors, and a good-sized bottle of craft glue.
To make their wooden people family, kids must first decide what kind of family to make. Boys and girls might choose one theme for the family and decorate the peg people accordingly, creating groups of acrobats or ballerinas or royalty (with kings, queens, knights, princesses, princes, and jesters). They might also create an assortment of different kinds of figures, like police officers, fire fighters, and other townspeople.
Siblings or friends can divide up the peg people and each decorate a few, or one child might make a whole family by him or herself. To make these wooden people, children can cut, knot, and glue the threads (or pieces of felt) to make hair, cut and glue the fabric and felt to make clothes and costumes, and draw on faces and details with the colored wooden pencils. Along with the materials provided in each seedling kit, kids can also use household items to create clothing and even accessories.
Finished wooden families can be displayed on a shelf or (gently) used for imaginative pretend play. By using additional seedling Create a Wooden People Family kits, children can put together whole towns of unique peg figures.
seedling Create Your Own Family craft kit review
The materials provided in this seedling kit are all of good quality. The peg bodies are made of sturdy wood and well-shaped. The included fabrics and felts were a nice array of colors and patterns. The threads provided a good set of choices for hair color (and other details, like belts or hair ribbons). The glue did a good job of sticking the materials to the wooden peg bodies and the colored pencils did for the most part show up well on the wood (our five-year-old tester may not have been pressing down on the wooden surface as strongly as an older artist would have been).
Our particular kit came with orange, blue, and gray sheets of felt, red-and-white striped fabric, pale blue gingham fabric, and pale green and white polka dot fabric. To make doll outfits of other colors, our testers supplemented these materials with tin foil, peel-and-stick felt in various colors, and sheets of thin foam. The threads in our kit were yellow, brown, blue, and pink, and we ended up with plenty of extra thread even after making hairstyles for each doll. Boys and girls could, of course, also use their own ribbons or threads from home to decorate their dolls.
Dividing up the figures from the kit was a good exercise in sharing and negotiation. Our two testers had to agree on who would get to decorate which doll and how the materials would be used. In the end, we made the father doll into a police officer, the mother doll into a queen, the two girl dolls into princesses, one boy doll into a knight (with an extra foam shield, sword, and flag), the other boy doll into a barber (with a pair of scissors glued at his waist), and the small doll into a baby.
Parents looking for a fun kids’ party activity could invest in several of these kits, plus additional craft supplies, and have boys and girls work together to create many figures. Children could also use them for school projects to make dioramas or other 3D scenes.
If used with care, the finished wooden family could be used to act out play pretend scenarios in a dollhouse or other setting. Children may even be inspired to use cardboard or other small craft materials to build sets and props for their new wooden people. And once children have learned how to make wooden figures in this way, they can purchase other wooden pegs or clothespins from craft stores and build upon what they have learned to make different kinds of small toy people.
We purchased our seedling Create a Wooden People Family DIY kit at Sugarcup Trading in Oak Park, where Chicago families can find several other seedling craft kits for sale, such as the Design Your Own Superhero Cape kit, the Fashion Designer’s kit, and the Create Your Own Designer Dolly kit.
Read our review of the entire line of seedling DIY craft kits.
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