The Phd Pocket Disc recently sent me for review two of their great Pocket Discs.
About Pocket Discs
Savanna Groft, a third grader at the time, was assigned a project at school. Her teacher asked her to crochet a round placemat as part of her handwork studies. Savanna’s initial efforts yielded a round disk, but because she had not added enough stitches, the disc curled under forming a small lip. This placemat of sorts sat on a table in her living room until Savanna’s friends, Hannah and Ellie came over to visit. On a whim, Hannah and Ellie’s dad, Chris, picked up the disc and threw it. It sailed across the living room and the Pocket Disc was born.
The two families formed Phd Productions, LLC with the intention of making more flying discs. They worked for months refining the design and materials, with Savanna’s mom, Mindy Groft, crocheting new designs. Then Chris and Patrick began looking for a place to produce the Pocket Discs. Chris thought immediately of the impoverished area south of Mexico. “Since my family returned from traveling in Nicaragua, I have had a desire to contribute in that area of the world.” Since then production has been taken up in another Central American country, Guatemala.
The Mayans of Guatemala have been weaving and crocheting bright patterns for centuries and bring a deep cultural talent for handwork to the Pocket Discs. Each village specializes in a few patterns. The patterns of a village are passed down with the generations. Through a veteran importer, Chris and Patrick found a cooperative of Guatemalan women to produce Pocket Discs. In return for the amazing artistry that these women add to the Pocket Disc, the women are paid a fair wage and work under good conditions. The money they make crocheting Pocket Discs and other hand-made products enables their children to go to school and helps keeps them out of poverty in a country in which 56% of people now live below the poverty level.
The toy has universal appeal and because of its inherent safety has been incorporated into the PE curriculum at a local elementary school. The physical education teacher who uses the Pocket Discs in his classes said, “I just can’t think of a way that these could hurt someone. I mean look at that keep away game we just played. If we had been using Frisbees®, there would have been 10 kids hurt before we were done.” A student listening nearby added, “When it hits me in the mouth, my lips don’t get caught up in my braces!”
The Groft and Larsen families combined include five children all of whom have been enthusiastically involved in converting Savanna’s handwork project into a business. Hannah Larsen has created her own Pocket Disc business card and attended a recent music festival where she threw the Pocket Discs with other children. Avonlea Groft and Ellie Larsen have helped to sort and categorize Pocket Discs by color using their developing math skills. Logan Groft, a middle school basketball player, has been featured on marketing material stretching to catch a Pocket Disc ten feet in the air. Savanna, an accomplished gymnast, catches Pocket Discs in a one-handed cartwheel for the camera. All of the children are a testing ground for new Pocket Disc games and uses.
See for Yourself
Watch this video of the Pocket Disc in action and also learn a little more about how this Pocket Disc is more than just a toy, it actually helps people out just by being made. Also, this Pocket Disc isn't just for kids. Adults and dogs and even small kids enjoy this as well in so many different ways. You are meant to be creative and use your imagination when using the Pocket Disc!
When I received my Pocket Discs in the mail the first thing I noticed was how beautiful and colorful they were and I realized that since these were handmade, I was probably holding two very unique Pocket Discs in my hand.
I do have to admit though at first I was skeptical about their ability to fly through the air or do anything for that matter other than make a pretty decoration but boy was I wrong. I immediately had to test them out and I was really amazed at how well these things flew across the room. My boyfriend and I immediately became two kids again and passed them back and forth for a while and then my 10-year-old son and I tried them out together.
Each Pocket Disc comes with several game suggestions which my son tried out. The Phd Bowling was most appealing to him. Him and I also used clothes baskets and we tried to make each Pocket Disc into a clothes basket, which isn't as easy as it sounds by the way. These would also be great fun to use with your corn hole board if you have one. But all in all, our favorite thing to do with these discs is to just pass them back and forth. They do just as good as a Frisbee in my opinion but these are great indoors too unlike the Frisbee because they are soft enough that they won't crack your television if you hit it.
These are also very useful in other areas around the house such as using as a coaster or a nice rug for your favorite nic nack or Boyd's Bear. You could even hang these on your wall when not in use to make a very pretty decoration.
Where to Buy
You can order your own Pocket Disc online in many, many different patterns. You can get Pocket Discs in swirl or sunburst patterns, as well as smiley faces, peace signs, or yin yang signs, etc. You can buy one or you can buy a pack of 4, 6, or 10.
You can also enter right on their site to win you own Pocket Disc just by telling them what P H D in “Phd” means to you. Just enter your idea and hit submit. It's that easy!
The nice folks at Pocket Disc have offered to give away one set of Pocket Discs similar to what I received.
Main Entry: Visit the Pocket Disc Website and take a look around and tell me which patterns you like best, tell me a little something about the company that you learned, or how you would use your own Pocket Disc. Please be sure you include your email address in this comment so I know where to contact you if you win. If this is not done your entry will not count.
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