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ThinkFun Rover Control

My middle school daughter loves coding. She is already familiar with several coding applications and she is very interested in robotics. Along with most other activities, this involves extensive screen time. When I received the opportunity to review Rover Control by Think Fun, we were very interested. At first my daughter was a little disappointed because the Rover Game pieces didn’t move around the board upon completion. However, after the first or second puzzle, she quickly began to see the challenges that awaited her and she started skipping ahead to see if she could solve the harder ones. The Rover Control has terrain boards for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert. As the levels advance, the challenges not only include getting from Start to Finish using the red-green-blue patterns but also including have to stop at charging stations, data upload stops and even the need to collect terrain samples.

The puzzles are definitely challenging and can even work in a group setting as mom, dad and teenager were sitting together figuring the best way to solve a higher intermediate puzzle. This puzzle game can be played in small segments of time or you could spend hours going through the challenges. There is also a solution book to check your decisions or if you are totally stumped (yes I peeked once because I was clueless). This is a definite thumbs up for Game Night, as a solo game, from clubs and scouting, Hour of Code – it is awesome. ThinkFun currently has three games in this series – Rover Control is number two.  I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
You can also check Pep’s video review out too:

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Simpizia 17 Piece Leather Sewing Tool Kit

When I was little, my dad used to make all sorts of leather working projects.  We had handmade wallets, key wallet, key rings, quivers, change purses, purses, belts with our names embossed) and beautiful, beautiful patterns. You name it, my dad could make it.

It seems over time though, leather working has become a lost art.  I was looking for a simple starter kit that I would add to over time as I basically would be starting all over.

The Leather Sewing Tool Kit by Simpizia is a 17 piece kit that covers all of your starter needs.  All of the craft tools have wooden or steel handles making them incredibly sturdy.  There are two spacer tools, an adjustable stitching groover, burnishing, scratch and sewing awls, and a jerk needle.  The set also comes with beeswax for your thread, leather needles, scissors, finger cots, a thimble, a grinding polish tool, hairballs, and three colors of thread.  All the items can be stored in the small black storage bag.

The finger cots fit my fingers great but are a little small for my husband’s large hands. They fit my teenage daughter comfortably.    I highly recommend using the finger cots and thimble because the tools are very sharp (as they need to be).   Just messing around with the scratching awl, I easily traced a pattern into a small piece of leather just as a test.  My daughter also started tracing a pattern that she will later make into some type of pouch or holder. The tools are easy for her to use.

We need to add a few stamping pieces to this set, but so far we are enjoying our journey back into leather-working.  This 17 piece kit can be found on Amazon.

I received this product at a discount for review. My opinions are my own based on product testing.

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Simpizia 17 Piece Leather Sewing Tool Kit

 

When I was little, my dad used to make all sorts of leather working projects.  We had handmade wallets, key wallet, key rings, quivers, change purses, purses, belts with our names embossed) and beautiful, beautiful patterns. You name it, my dad could make it.

It seems over time though, leather working has become a lost art.  I was looking for a simple starter kit that I would add to over time as I basically would be starting all over.

The Leather Sewing Tool Kit by Simpizia is a 17 piece kit that covers all of your starter needs.  All of the craft tools have wooden or steel handles making them incredibly sturdy.  There are two spacer tools, an adjustable stitching groover, burnishing, scratch and sewing awls, and a jerk needle.  The set also comes with beeswax for your thread, leather needles, scissors, finger cots, a thimble, a grinding polish tool, hairballs, and three colors of thread.  All the items can be stored in the small black storage bag.

The finger cots fit my fingers great but are a little small for my husband’s large hands. They fit my teenage daughter comfortably.    I highly recommend using the finger cots and thimble because the tools are very sharp (as they need to be).   Just messing around with the scratching awl, I easily traced a pattern into a small piece of leather just as a test.  My daughter also started tracing a pattern that she will later make into some type of pouch or holder. The tools are easy for her to use.

We need to add a few stamping pieces to this set, but so far we are enjoying our journey back into leather-working.  This 17 piece kit can be found on Amazon.

I received this product at a discount for review. My opinions are my own based on product testing.

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