Grace got the Bead Weaving Loom Set for Christmas. I think all kids, especially girls, get these sort of sets as gifts. It looks good in principle but it's evil. I thought my potholder loom was complicated back in 1977 but it had nothing on this. Once month after Christmas and she finally decided she wanted to use it.The box looks innocent enough and she could make all sorts of things from key chains to bracelets to rings.
The problem happens when you open it up. It took me a few days to get through the instructions. I needed a consult from MIT for them. Seriously, enlarge this picture and read them for yourself. The tough part is getting it set up for her. It took a little while and some bad language to get all the fiddily twisty threads in place.
I told her we had to start out with something simple as the first project. It actually got easy at this point as long as the strings didn't get tangled.
She even got to use a sharp needle to thread the beads on. The needles came in a cover saying not to let children use them. Of course the kit said it was good for kids 8 and up and you can't make it without the needle.
Grace is going along pretty good now but soon she'll come to the end and I'll have to figure out how to get it off the loom. Maybe I can convince her to just leave it on and we can hang the whole thing on her wall?