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Hot Trend for Kids: The Rainbow Loom

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One of the hottest trends right now with kids is the Rainbow Loom. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re clearly out of the loop. It is a nifty plastic loom that, along with tiny colored rubber bands that remind me of my awkward years with braces, you can create all kinds of different jewelry from.

Working at a daycare center, I have seen the Rainbow Loom craze first-hand. Not a day goes by where I don’t see those multi-colored bands spread out across tables as the children create.

The Rainbow Loom is capable of necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, and barefoot sandals. There are varying levels of Rainbow Loom creations, from the simplistic bracelets in the beginner level to such intricate expert level jewelry that it requires more than one loom.

A hook tool is used to stretch the rubber bands over the pegs of the loom. There are several YouTube tutorials for the Rainbow Loom—watching the videos makes me feel inadequate to the children who make such elaborate rubber band jewelry. Personally, I don’t think I would have the patience to use the Rainbow Loom, but it is a great learning tool for kids. It teaches patience and is a great fine motor skill for the much younger crowd.

As itis with all popular things, there are cheaper versions of the Rainbow Loom. You can always purchase the cheaper version if you’re not up to spending about $20 for a starter kit, but doesn’t your child deserve the best?

The Rainbow Loom is a great, creative outlet for kids and could possibly turn into a little business for them to start saving money. Due to the small rubber bands, I would not recommend this for anyone under five years old. So go to the store (if you haven’t already), buy a Rainbow Loom, and get your kid to work on some spectacular jewelry.

 

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Riley McDaniel is an aspiring writer with a love for children, writing, music, and movies. She has her BFA degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and hopes to use her work to instill a love of reading and writing in others. Though she has a passion for writing, her passion for chocolate is almost just as strong.