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Harris Bear: A Cuddly Bear & A Beginner's Felting Activity Kit

Harris Bear: A Cuddly Bear & A Beginner's Felting Activity Kit

Fall 2002 Toys
Ages: 7 - 13 yrs.
Manufacturer: Harrisville Designs
Price: $39.99
Review:
Harris's soft body just begs to be hugged and stroked. He comes packed in a (cardboard) home containing fluffy wool fleece that will become warm felt clothing. Consider this as a family project because the child who will play with the bear is probably too young to make the clothing, although s/he could help with the felt-making. Step-by-step photographs clearly show how to rub the fleece with soap and water until it is transformed into felt. Patterns for cutting the felt and photos of stitching and assembling the pieces into vest and boots are easy to follow. The whole process is enlightening for kids who may never have seen clothing made from scratch.
Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2002 Parents' Choice

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