Details: Located in Halifax Nova Scotia, The Orb Factory is a provider of award winning crafts and activity products. With over 20 years in business, they are always creating brand new lines and exciting new products. They are now sold in over 60 countries, have won numerous awards, and have become a recognized and trusted name in the toy industry.
The Orb Factory believes in the power of play. They strive to produce toys that not only stimulate a child’s mind, but their creativity as well. Their kits allow children to lose themselves in a world of magic, imagination and artistic freedom.
The Orb Factory consists of seven brands:
Personal Experience: The Orb factory provided me with two kits of my choice for the purpose of this review. I wanted to showcase one of their newest kits, so I chose the PlushCraft: Owl Pal Pillow. It’s no secret that we are all about the dragons here, so my second choice was the Sticky Mosaics: Dragons kit. Both the Owl Pal Pillow and Dragon kits retail for $16.99.
I decided we would try the Owl Pal Pillow first. I was really interested to see how the pillow was to be constructed to get the “plush” look. It turns out that it is constructed of little fabric squares that you punch into holes in the pillow using a special tool (included). The holes are pre-cut and marked with numbers corresponding with the fabric colors. I loved how bright the fabric was and the pillow was sturdily constructed… this is not a cheaply-made kit!
The basic idea is very simple and would be a great project for many ages. It could be done quickly, but taking time to place the fabric pieces carefully produces much better results. Xander was curious what I was up to, so I let him help me. From there on out, he pretty much took over the fabric punching and he did quite well despite being two years under the recommended age for this project. (Supervision is always essential in any craft project no matter what your child’s age.) There were a few holes that took a bit more force to punch the fabric in, but never so much so that it damaged the pillow, fabric, or crafters. 🙂 The eyes simply attached with Velcro. I was very happy with our finished project. It now sits on my bed… at least until one of my nieces steals… errr… asks politely if they can have it.
A few days later, I pulled out the Dragon mosaics to try. With how well Xander did with the first project, I decided to let him help me with this one too. He got very excited when I opened up the box to look at the contents. The concept is very similar to the pillow, but rather than punching fabric you are placing tiny, sticky-backed foam pieces on numbers corresponding to color. The designs are printed on a paperboard that does seem a bit thin for lasting projects.
This project took a little more care, but you could make adjustments to the tiles if you needed to… just so long as you did it quickly. Those little squares are surprisingly sticky! There are four different dragon designs in the box, so plenty of playtime. You could also break this kit up and use it as a fun activity at a kid’s birthday party. They have many other designs for girls and boys available. Get several kits and designs for a bigger party!
The finished designs can be displayed using included stands that stick to the back and create an easel-like extension. They also included hangers if you choose to hang them on the wall. I do wish the easel could be folded away and not be seen from the front so that we could switch back and forth from standing to hanging without damaging the dragon.
Both projects were a lot of fun and allowed me the chance to reinforce Xander’s color and number lessons. He’s doing better than ever with naming colors… he finally caught on to pink! I would definitely recommend these as a great gift idea for the kids in your life… and if you want to get me one, I won’t mind. I could send you my wish list. 😉
Pros: Great prices that would make kits great for gifts or as activities at a party. Kits range from very simple to more complicated to meet every crafting level. Lots of design choices to make lots of kids (and adults) happy.
Cons: Limited selection for your smallest crafters, but you may be surprised like I was with what your toddler can do. Seems to lean a bit heavily on crafts for girls and not so much selection for boys.