I bought this latch hook project for my 8-yr-old daughter. The canvas is not stamped, but there are 10x10 gridlines. I know a lot of people are complaining about the design not being stamped on the canvas, but here's the thing: my daughter started out on a different kit that WAS stamped, but the colors and pattern on the canvas didn't always match up with the colors on the printed pattern, so having it stamped ended up being more confusing. I told her to just ignore the colors on the canvas and go by the pattern on the instruction sheet, and she found that to be much easier and more straightforward. Now that she's working on this unicorn kit, she's having no trouble at all working on a blank canvas. In fact, she has said that it's easier to work on because there are no colors on the canvas to trip her up. She started at the bottom left corner, as indicated in the instructions, and just goes across, row by row, coloring in the boxes she's completed with a marker as she goes along. I think this is a great precursor to counted cross stitch, which she eventually wants to learn how to do.
As many others have noted, this kit does not come with the latch hook tool, so be sure to order a few (I say a few in case one gets misplaced). You'd think that something called a "kit" would have all the tools you need to complete it, but I think it makes sense that the hook isn't included. If you were to buy several of these kits over time, and they each came with the latch hook, you'd eventually end up with a drawer full of latch hooks. I'd rather buy a few than have a bunch that I don't need.
The pattern and colors are very pretty. My only gripe is that two of the blues -- sky blue and dusty blue -- are so similar that you really have to look hard to tell them apart. They should have chosen more contrasting colors for those two blues. We pulled out all of the sky blues and put them in a ziploc baggie at the start of the project so that my daughter wouldn't have to stop and figure out which blue was which every time she pulled out a strand to use. Aside from that, though, this is a great project that will provide many hours of latch hooking happiness.
CARON-Wonderart Latch Hook Kit: Pony. These small kits are ideal for beginners or quick weekend projects. When finished, they can be made into table top decorations or to decorate a wall! This package includes one 12x12 inch pony canvas (50% polyester/50% cotton), pre-cut rug yarn (100% acrylic), illustrated instructions on how to latch a hook and one easy-to-follow chart. Latch hook tool and binding not included. Hand wash or dry clean. Made in USA.