If you have a child between the ages of 5-15 you may have been introduced into the world of RAINBOW LOOM! If you haven’t yet been exposed to the hundreds of tiny brightly colored rubber bands that are used to create bracelets, necklaces, rings, and other annoying accessories consider yourself a lucky parent. So what are rainbow looms and why is it such a fad?
Just think back to your childhood and you probably remember a similar fad; friendship bracelets! Yes, all those brightly colored strings that you would weave into patterns and trade with friends. That’s pretty much what rainbow looms are today. Nothing to fear really, just another fad that will fade in about a year. Until then you may want to grab a glass of wine and learn to loom with your kids.
Just the facts.
Where to find Rainbow Loom? We found ours at Michael’s, but I know that Learning Express sells them, too. Just know that you can’t use coupons on any rainbow loom products at Michael’s due to their popularity. Cost: $18-19, plus extra bands and accessories.
What comes with the Rainbow Loom kit? With the basic kit you’ll get everything you need to get started: 600 rubber bands, loom, c-clips, and instructions. This is enough to make about 24 basic bracelets.
Accessories you may want to get include more bands, c-clips, and something to store and organize your bands in.
Ages: 5-115 My 4 year old likes to pretend that she knows what she’s doing and can actually help with some of the steps, but she needs my help. My 10 year old can master almost any project he finds. You may find me looming at midnight after the kids are in bed…shhhhh!
Learning how to loom.
The instructions that come with the kit are really basic. Your child will likely master the basic single bracelet in just a few minutes and want to learn how to create fishtails, hexfish, doubles, ladders, and star bursts just like their friends. The instruction manual doesn’t really give you any advanced tips, but thankfully there are hundreds on online tutorials, YouTube videos, and classes taught at your local craft store.
YouTube: Follow the actual Rainbow Loom brand on YouTube for easy to follow tutorials on simple and advanced bracelets, necklaces, and more. There are currently 79 videos on their channel alone. We stand the iPad on the kitchen table and follow along pausing as needed until we finish the project.
Pinterest: Just type in “Rainbow Loom” into the search bar and you’ll come up with thousands of fun projects. When you click on each picture, many of them will take you to blogs or YouTube channels that will show you how to complete that project.
Instagram: When you are done with your projects be sure to share pictures with your friends to show them what a cool mom you are! Just remember to use the #rainbowloom hashtag so all the teenagers with iPhones will like your photo.
Etsy: Search for Rainbow Loom on Etsy to find accessories, storage boxes personalized with your child’s name, and hard to find rubber bands.
Take a class: Learning Express and Michael’s both offer Rainbow Loom kids in their stores. Call your local store to check their schedule of classes.
As a parent it can be fun to spend some time with your kids in the evenings and learn something new together. Depending on their age, they may need your help also. Even at 10 years old, my son will get frustrated on some of the more challenging patterns. I keep reminding him that it takes practice to learn any new skill. After tucking in the littlest one tonight, I was excited to see that he learned the star burst without any out bursts or tears!
Tips for Surviving the Rainbow Loom Fad:
- Buy a loom for each child or they may end up fighting for turns.
- Solid color bands can sell out; especially popular colors like black, white, and holiday colors.
- Be sure to check with your child’s school to make sure they aren’t banning them in class (wearing them, not actually making them in class).
- If your hook breaks you can always use a crochet hook instead (ours hasn’t broken but it’s the same thing).
- Invest in a storage case or you’ll end up vacuuming up a million tiny rubber bands from every corner of your house.
- Have fun and be a kid with your kids! They will remember that more than anything else.
Tell me, has your child started looming? What tips do you have for other parents who are just getting started?