We were happy to find the Felting Needle Starter Kits on Amazon as the local Walmart doesn't seem to support the textile art of needle felting so much. These are well-designed introductions to craft / hobbies, which can fire the imagination as well as inspire critical thinking (choice) and observation. For the price, a starter kit is a great way to try a new art form without spending massive amounts of money. Working with wool roving is actually an amazing, almost magical experience because with just a little effort, patience, and careful placement, one can make something quite beautiful and sturdy without all the mess / fuss that other crafts like painting, pottery, carving, quilting, scrap-booking often create.
PLEASE NOTE: Felting needles are extremely sharp, and they require attention, respect, and careful handing to avoid injury. They can break, and it is handy to have an extra set on hand, especially for the new learner who is just discovering how to work the wool properly. This is NOT a product for very young children, for children with poor hand / eye coordination / dexterity, for children with short attention spans, or for children who are emotionally immature. With proper guidance and instruction, responsible and mature tweens and teens might find this an exciting option for artistic expression. Adult learners can also find some rewarding moments with a starter kit. There's some stress relief in repeated needle punching! LOL :)
The Felting Needle activity is a great way to spend a rainy, cold afternoon. Be sure to find a shoe box or other container to keep your needle felting items. Ensure that your needles are secured / protected in some fashion and will not jab when the hands reach into the box.
Update: since posting this review, I've purchased the Mackinac Moon Open Top Craft Tote from an Amazon seller. This craft bag is much better storage than shoe box! LOL