Mini Pom Pom PetsWith the Mini Pom-Pom Pets Kit, from the editors of Klutz, kids can create itty-bitty wildlife creatures such as foxes, kitties, pandas, elephants, lions, and more. And, they’re all made as easy as twirling a dinner fork! (Yes, you read that correctly!) It’s a fun, do-it-yourself activity that kids can make out of unexpected supplies.

Made for kids ages 8 and up, the kit comes with eight different colors of yarn, shaping wire, measuring tape, glue, a 64-page book, and add-ons, such as beads and punch-out parts, for kids to decorate their new friends once they’re done. There are enough supplies to create 20 pom-poms, which can make 20 teeny pets, 10 adult-sized pets, or any combination of the two. The book is filled with step-by-step, easy-to-follow techniques on the best way to make the little animals.

When kids choose which pet they want to make, all they need to do is cut the yarn with the appropriate length using the provided measuring tape. Then, they need to wrap the yard around the fork and tie up the bundle. Once the bundle is taken off the fork and packaged with a knot, then the sides of the yarn need to be cut with scissors to create the pom-pom effect. Lastly, kids can trim the yarn to make it the shape that they want. To make the larger pets, kids need two pom-poms and will connect them with a wire. To finish it up, all kids need to do is glue on the add-ons for eyes, ears, and tails.

Younger kids may get frustrated with not getting the pom-poms just right as they first start, so they could use some help from Mom or Dad until they get the hand of the techniques. Once they get more comfortable, they can make two- or multi-colored pets. Regardless, this makes a great activity for kids to do with their parents, siblings, and friends.

Not only is it fun to make, but kids can continue the fun by making additional accessories for their new pets. For example, they can take a mini mason jar, fill it with some rocks, and color a background, to create a tank for their fish.

All of the materials are very high quality, and the kit is reasonably priced, so parents will definitely feel as though they’re getting their money’s worth out of this product. Plus, since kids may want to keep making little pets to make for themselves or to give to others, the materials can easily be replaced at any craft store.