Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rainbow Loom Craze

If you are a mom to girls, then surely you know about Rainbow Loom. It is the newest craze for girls, and most have gone wild with it. I remember during my time, friendship bracelets were the rage, that is pretty much what Rainbow Loom is for my daughters and their friends. B's friends have been making, buying, bartering, wearing, and generally going crazy for these colorful stretchy bands. I remember B asked me for a small amount of money last December when her class had an entrepreneurial project where they would make and sell any DIY project they decide on. When I picked her up from school that day, she showed me this colorful stretchy bracelet in her favorite colors, which she bought from her classmate. She was so in love with it; using it alternately as a bracelet and ponytail.

And then during the Christmas holidays, we were gifted a set by the Rainbow Loom Philippines. My girls were over the moon with happiness!!! As a parent, it can be fun to spend time with my kids by being a "loomer," like them.  I treat it as learning a new skill, or simply call it as it is; having fun with my kids!
There are also levels of difficulty, so their skill level can also be challenged as they move on to more complex designs. images below via

The instructions that come with the kit are easy to follow. My girls easily mastered the basic single bracelet in just a few minutes. The manual doesn't give any instruction to do advanced strokes but there are hundreds on online tutorials you can find at YouTube.
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And if bracelets aren't your thing, you can make an octopus with this tutorial right here.

Boys can have fun looming also! Click here to get looming instructions for this action figure.

When your kids are done with their projects, encourage them to share pictures of their finished projects on Instagram and Facebook, and use #officialrainbowloom hashtag. Rainbow Loom Philippines holds weekly raffles where they give out FREE refills to the lucky winner.

WARNING:  Make sure to buy the original Rainbow Loom as the rubber bands are certified safe by the Department of HealthCounterfeit products may contain lead and other harmful substances. Click here to redirect you to the Rainbow Loom webpage on the danger of counterfeits and how to spot them.

To make sure that what you have is an original, only buy from these stores: Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, Rustans, Toy World. You can also order online directly at their Facebook page.

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