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.
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!
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:
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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!
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!