Pepperell Braiding HZ1016 Jumbo Lacing Beads Classic Made in USA Wood Toy, 3.6" Height, 1.25" Width, 2" Length (Pack of 10)
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Specifications for this item
|Brand Name||Pepperell Braiding|
|EAN||0013339212648 , 0725879010164 , 0534262116648|
|Number of Items||10|
|Overall Height||3.6 inches|
|Overall Length||2 inches|
|Overall Width||1.25 inches|
|UPC||534262116648 , 725879010164 , 013339212648|
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In terms of the painted surface, I feel much safer with Holgate than I do with 99.9% of the toys out there these days. Holgate is a US company, and has been around forever. They have been making wooden toys for nearly a century. All of their wood, paints - everything - is US-sourced.
Bottom line - this is a Made in the USA toy, at a truly reasonable price, absolutely fantastic quality - and a classic skill-building tool that will be fun for toddlers and preschoolers alike. I would definitely put this in my top-ten must-have toys list. It's just that cool.
It is worth noting that the set I received does not match the picture shown here. I got one each of the red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple beads that are shown. I also received 4 slightly smaller beads. Two of them are round and two are oblong (a scaled down version of the yellow bead slown). Also, these 4 beads appear to be stained, while the rest of the beads are painted. [As I was writing this, it occurred to me that this seemed a little fishy, and I was worried that the seller might be breaking up sets of genuine Holgate beads and filling in with cheaper beads. I contacted the company and they confirmed that the actual beads in each package may vary and that mine were all fine. No bead scandal here.]
I knocked off one star since my beads don't match the photo. If they are going to include beads that are smaller, in not as interesting shapes and less vibrant colors, they should let you know. But, in all honesty, I'm still thrilled with this purchase.
I love that this toy is made in the USA by an established company. If you are looking for other made-in-USA toys, we also have the Uncle Goose Wooden Alphabet Blocks which are great, and the Camden Rose Beautiful Hearth Kitchen. Both of these toys are made in Michigan.
All of my beads came varnished and painted a variety of fun colors, there is one bead a little "harder" for little hands to thread because it is smaller, but I'm OK with that as it teaches variety and helps with dexterity. In regards to a complaint by one reviewer about the cord unraveling.... This is a woven nylon cord and it could easily be fixed by melting the end (hold it over a flame, when nylon starts to melt roll the end to create a nice threading end).
This was easily one of our more popular toys this Christmas (can't decide whether the sewing/lacing boards trumped this bead set). It is great for imaginative play, finger dexterity, teaching life skills, and getting kids interested I "sewing" as my son refers to it. The quality of this set is wonderful and I really appreciate the jumbo size of these beads as it will make it easier for me to keep track of them. Some bead sets I was looking at had a plethora of smaller sized beads, and quite frankly.... A toddler doesn't need that many to be thoroughly entertained.
Great product, no cons that I can see... Will be making a little travel bag to hold all the parts, once we have a little free time after the holidays.