Are Your Kids Crazing About Looms & Looming?

Ava has reached the age where she is starting take note of and get caught up in all the latest kids crazes. Her current favourite things include Skylanders, Horse Riding and long sleeved T-shirts worn under short sleeved T-shirts and of course, Looms!

She started coming home with brightly coloured, woven, rubbery bracelets about two weeks ago and telling me that so-&-so had made it for her. I will not lie, at first I thought she was telling tall stories or swiping other kids things, till I was passing some random store in our local shopping mall a few weekends ago and saw they had Loom stands up everywhere and pre-teen little girls were squealing with delight as they rummaged through all the colourful loom bands. Of course, Ava was not immune to the excitement and begged for her own looming kit.

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So apparently the idea is to weave various loom bracelets and animals and then exchange them with your friends at school, kind of like the writing paper exchanges we did as kids of the 80’s. She is hooked!

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Only problem is, it was kind of complicated to figure out in the beginning! Both Walter and I gave it a bash and failed miserably. Ava even told me one of my attempts was “crap”! (I swear she doesn’t learn that from me!) So after some youtubing, we came across this awesome, sweet and simple video on how to make a fish tale (the easiest one) loom bangle:

Ava could not be prouder of her creations. It’s a great crafting kit for kids, keeps her busy for ages, great for concentration and problem solving while working out the patterns and colours and best of all, she has her own loom bangles to exchange for others at school!

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Also, and I’m learning this from my almost 5 year old, you need an almost endless supply of loom bands (thankfully they’re dirt cheap) because you get glow in the dark ones, multi coloured ones, luminous ones, charm ones, glitter ones…..

Thankfully I stumbled across Loomies.co.za, check them out, they have every kind of loom band your kids heart could desir and they’ve kindly offered a 10% shopping discount to all Blessed Barrenness fans! To claim your discount, enter theblessedbarrenness into the coupon code at checkout to get 10% off your total order!

Be warned though, it’s quite addictive, when I start one a loom bangle for Ava, it’s quite hypnotic and I can’t seem to stop!

August 26, 2014
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9 Comments

  • Reply cat@jugglingact

    And at the China mall type places they are even cheeper! As in R7 for a bag.

    I just keep thinking – great fine motor skills.

    August 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      I seriously cannot shop at China malls. I just can’t! I can’t! I can’t! The effort it takes for a small saving is just not worth it for me.
      Having said that, I also cannot bring myself to shop at sales either.

      August 27, 2014 at 9:14 am
      • Reply paddatjiesema

        I was at the China Mall at Hillfox yesterday. The box that contains the whole kit that I bought online for R100 sells for R34 there. The online one is suppose to comply to all the UK safety standards, but was also Made in China. Could see no difference between the boxes.

        September 3, 2014 at 10:46 am
  • Reply paddatjiesema

    I’m so scared of the cancer thing with this. The official ones doesn’t contain phthalates, but it is not like they advertise ‘These ones contain phthalates’. And my 6 year old keeps on bringing ones from school, which nobody would know where it was bought. They are teaching them at school not to chew on them or put them in their mouths, but I keep on catching the 3 year old chewing on it.

    August 27, 2014 at 8:41 am
    • Reply Sharon

      U know, my opinion…. we’re surrounded by carcinogens almost everywhere…. I try not to get to caught up in the hysteria of it all.

      August 27, 2014 at 9:12 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I’ve gone and researched the whole looms cancer thing, it seems it only applies to the charms and not the bands.

      September 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Karen at MomAgain@40

    Also in looms craze here! I think it is a great activity for the kids!

    August 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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