Children thrive when they play with simple, earth-friendly toys that inspire the imagination and spark long sessions of creative play. Natural toys are great for kids and for the environment. A Potholder Loom Kit is one such toy that helps inspire creativity, problem solving, patience, and self-confidence. Today I am reviewing a high quality potholder loom kit that has a metal loom and cotton loops. The Harrisville Designs Potholder Loom Deluxe was provided to me by Heirloom Toys in order to facilitate review.
As a child I remember loving my potholder loom kit. It was fun to learn to weave and actually be able to make something myself. I remember feeling proud of my designs and giving the potholders as Christmas gifts to my relatives. It was very empowering. Naturally, I wanted to get one for my kids too.
Potholder Loom Kit Review
The Harrisville Designs Potholder Loom Deluxe is made for children 6 years and older. It comes with a sturdy 7″ x 7″ metal loom, 2 hooks (one metal for loop weaving and one plastic for finishing), and enough, multicolored 100% cotton loops to make six potholders. It also has an instruction booklet with ideas for potholder loom patterns.
I have always felt good about giving my kids natural, simple toys that are designed to withstand years of active play. This potholder loom is made out of metal so you don’t have to worry about any of the pegs breaking off.
When I saw the Potholder Loom Deluxe, it brought me straight back to my own childhood and I remember how much I loved making the potholders and how proud I felt of my creations. I chose to get one for my daughter and I am very pleased to say that she loves it just as much as I did.
Creating something useful is such a marvelous feeling especially for a child who doesn’t get to do that as often as adults can. My daughter is 6 and she absolutely loves it. I showed her how to do the first one and then I did the edges for her while she watched. She did the second one 100% by herself and I couldn’t be more proud!
Cotton Potholder Loops
We also love the Cotton Potholder Loops. So many potholder loom kits have synthetic material loops these days and it is nice to see the cotton potholder loops both because they are a nice texture but also because then the creations can safely function as real potholders instead of melting with heat contact! I love real cotton potholder loops, don’t you?
My 4 year old son can start the process by stretching out loops in colors he likes going in one direction. However, the weaving part is a little too tedious to hold his interest. He loves to watch my daughter weave though. I honestly believe every child should get one of these looms because they are so fun, great for increasing hand eye coordination, planning skills, and they give such a sense of accomplishment. My kids and I love the Potholder Loom Deluxe!
My daughter just finished her 5th potholder and she uses some of them as doll (or kitten) blankets and we plan to have her give a few of her creations away for as DIY Christmas gifts to relatives. It really is lots of fun and keeps her entertained for long periods of time. Have you or your kids tried any weaving or loom projects yet?