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Monday, November 15, 2010

Corps of Re-Discovery Review

I have been going to the FPEA homeschool conference for years. It's one of the top 3 in the country, and it is HUGE. The vendor hall alone is several foot ball fields long. You can't even imagine it. And year after year, there is one vendor that would most certainly win the "most favorite" award from all the kids.
That vendor?

From moccasin kits to corn husk doll kits and everything historical in between, the Corps of Re-Discovery kits give your children a chance to recreate and there by re-live history. And for the purpose of this review, our family got to try our hand at sewing a leather coin pouch which is available from their website for $4.99.

The pros: The kit was easy to use and my 11 year old daughter was able to sew it in a short period of time without much help from me (other than tying it off at the beginning). I'd show you a finished picture, but she immediately took off with it, and I think she's taken it with her to her friend's house for the week-end!

The cons: Well, my daughter said I had to tell you it smells like a farm-meaning it's made of leather so it smells like leather. That didn't stop her from using it though. I was a little disappointed that the "thread" with the kit was plastic lacing, since to me Corps of Re-Discovery things have always seemed to strive for authenticity. But that plastic lacing made it easy for my daughter to sew without a needle or any help from me, and the end product looks the same, so maybe a little compromise that makes it child friendly is worth it.

The bottom line: I've always been a big fan of the Corps of Re-Discovery. I've oogled their kits for years, and bought a few along the way. The company is run by a homeschooling family who has a passion for American History and for helping others "re-discover" it too. I would highly recommend that you check them out HERE so that you can see all the kits they have to offer. Some of the kit pricing shows up as $0.00, which confused me a bit. But the vendor themelves commented below to let everyone know that the $0.00 price will change to the correct price based on the options you chose for those kits.

To read what other members of the TOS Crew had to say about the different kits they received, go HERE.
Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received the Coin Pouch kit for free in exchange for my honest review. That product is the only compensation I received.
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Corps of Re-Discovery said...

Thanks for your kind words on our products. We do strive for authenticity, but as you mentioned, the Coin Pouch kit was created to allow kids to complete it without needing a needle. And a clarification on the website and the $0.00 pricing: The price is listed as $0 until you choose specific variations (different styles of Throwing Tomahawks, for instance, are different prices). Of course, we ALWAYS welcome questions, so don't hesitate to ask!
Katie & John
Corps of Re-Discovery

Sheri said...

Glad your kids enjoyed this project. Nice review too. :0) I didn't mind the plastic cording, but you did bring up a good point there. :0)