Have you seen these rubber band bracelets yet? This is a huge craze for kids that hit some cities last year. In our area, we were first introduced to these a few months ago.
When I volunteered at VBS we found lots of children had these cute little bracelets on and one of my campers actually made a bracelet for me. My 5 year old loved them so we went on a mad hunt to try and figure out how to make them. It was ridiculous trying to find the darn kits- none of the craft stores carried them and “rubber band bracelet” didn’t turn up much for me online.
So finally we found the Rainbow Loom kit and my (now) 6 year old has been making bracelets like crazy.
If you are interested in getting one of these kits for your child, I have a few resources for you below. These are great to buy now as we head into fall to keep the kiddos busy on rainy days.
She has been making bracelets like crazy and even took the kit when we went out to dinner.
She made bracelets for the entire family (including Grandpa and Daddy) and made little matching bracelets for the two of us to wear:
A girl on her soccer team made matching bracelets for the entire team (yellow and black since they are the Bumblebees) and my little girl has been hard at work on yellow and white ones for her Daisy troop.
You can make them thicker, add charms to them, make rings… there are a lot of different ways to use these kits. I recommend buying a kit to get started because here is what you will get:
The Loom- this is what you use for some of the more complicated designs. For the simple bracelets you don’t need the loom but it is nice to have it. The kit also comes with a little Crochet Hook that you can see my daughter using above and a blue thingy that you use to hold one of the bracelets and to get them started off of.
Plus 600 Rubberbands in assorted colors
And the little plastic clips (called C Clips) that attach the bracelet.
There are two major kits to choose from- the first one is the Rainbow Loom and that is the one we have. It looks like this:
It is $14.99 at Michael’s Stores (note: store coupons do exclude the Rainbow Loom)- which is a great price because you will get 600 Rubber Bands. (The adult size bracelet I am wearing above is 25 rubberbands- so that is a lot of bracelets!)
This appears to be in store only for the time being and not all stores have them. My local store literally got these kits in maybe 2 weeks ago. I looked for them all summer.
You can also find the Rainbow Loom kit at Learning Express stores for $14.99. You might check your local store because many of them have free classes on different patterns to make with the kit.
If you don’t feel like driving around- or you want to send this off as a gift- you can order from Amazon for $19.75 here.
The other big option is the Cra-z-Loom kit from Toys R Us. This one is $14.99 as well. I am not seeing much of a difference in the kits- we decided on the Rainbow Loom and have had great luck with it. I did check out the Cra-z-loom and the bands didn’t seem as stretchy to me but I was disappointed with the colors. I thought they would be shimmery or glittery or bright like the box suggests but I did not find that to be the case in store.
Toys R Us is having a special bracelet making session every Saturday for the next several weeks- get the details here.
And if you want additional rubber bands, those are pretty reasonably priced right now.
You can also choose the individual colors and get those for about $6 with shipping fees- I just picked up the Glow in the Dark ones! How fun will that be for Halloween?
It looks like the refills for the Cra-z-loom might be a little cheaper at 900 for $5.99 in Toys R Us stores but I don’t think they come with the C-Clips.
So there you have it! Once you get your kit Michael’s has made some easy to follow you tube videos here. (Just scroll down)
So that is the scoop on these really cute rubberband bracelets! And note these are not just for little girls! Boys can make these as well! Team colors would be really fun- my husband is a soccer fan so he got a bracelet in Yellow and Green (for the Brazil national team) and it looks great!
You can see lots more craft ideas for children on my Pinterest board here.
And you can see the cute little case I customized for my little girl here. The total cost was just $5!