I purchased two of these kits for my 12 and 13-year old cousins for Christmas. When I visited them a few weeks later, they asked for help, and said the directions were very confusing. I am an experienced knitter, and was very disappointed at the extremely shoddy quality of the needles and the small amounts of cheap yarn. The directions were confusing and much too complex for a beginning knitter. I landed up buying them needles and yarn, and teaching them myself.
Anyone looking to learn to knit, or give this kit as a gift to children, would be better off going to a local craft store and picking up a how-to book, some needles and yarn. There are many books available geared specifically toward children. This kit is absolutely a waste of money, and is not suitable for any audience.