I was going to get one at the toy shop the other day but it's £8! with 600 loom bands. They are a lot cheaper at the pound shop, so I'm intending on get one there shortly.
Loom banding is the thing of the moment, and I'm pretty chuffed about it. The bands get everywhere, but they're cheap, and it's not hard to make bracelets that look alright. They look really great when there are loads of them together. They get less grubby than friendship bracelets, and if they fall apart you can re-use the bits. They're not just good for bracelets. You can make all sorts of things, like glasses chains, key-rings, and earrings.
It's not just young kids and their parents that are into it. Teens and young adults are doing it to.
My kids are great at starting loom bands. And sometimes they finish them too. Our favourite style is a fishtail, which is really easy to do, here's a video from Ashley Steph to show you how to make it:
You can get on to some more complicated techniques too. Lots of kids are really good at these (and YouTube is awash with videos), but a lot of the more complicated ones are completed by parents too.
Rob watched a video on YouTube and finished making his daughter's triple single chain bracelet, after both she, and her Mum failed. We think he's a bit of a hero, but he's yet to make a starburst bracelet.
|Rob, his daughter, and the bracelet. Picture from Mum, Jane.|
If you want to make a triple chain bracelet on two forks there's a video tutorial here
There's also a concern about small children, and small animals eating the bands. Vets are saying they've had to operate to remove them from cats (although our cat is more discerning, and would only eat them if they were dipped in gravy), and there's so much demand, that allegedly rubber production has had to increase, leading to pollution (more here). I'm guessing this is from the production because rubber comes from trees doesn't it?
So, what have you been making with loom bands?
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