My daughter came home from a friend’s house one day not too long ago with a bracelet made from small, interlocking, colorful rubber bands. Soon she had another made by another friend. Then another made by a classmate. Then we heard the bracelets mentioned at Girl Scouts. And then my 8-year-old was invited to a class to learn to make the bracelets all on her own. Eventually, it dawned on me that these Rainbow Loom bracelets were the new big thing.
And they are, at least among elementary school kids, it seems. I was clueless until a month or so ago, but Rainbow Loom has been enthralling kids for a little while now, so says The New York Times.
If you are like I was and not in the know, a Rainbow Loom is a plastic, peg-board-like device on which you weave, or pull, tiny rubber bands into cool bracelets.
A sure sign of its popularity: The bracelets and devices have been banned from one New York City school, apparently for being too distracting and prompting playground fights.
Also: My daughter and her friend — a fellow kid with a Rainbow Loom — both showed up at their softball game Saturday with brightly colored bracelets on their wrists. Two teammates saw them and squealed, “Rainbow Loom!”
So yeah, it’s big. And yeah, it’s weird how these things seem to just take over. But at least unlike Beanie Babies or Silly Bandz this fad isn’t just about buying. The making is the thing.
My daughter had a sleepover on Saturday and she and her buddy spent most of the time “looming” the host Mom said. And they also did research, watching videos on how to do different patterns and quickly mastering more intricate designs.
When my daughter returned home the next day, she went right to her room with her loom and made more bracelets, fancier ones than I’d seen before.
She did that until she ran out of her stash of rubber bands.
So now it is about buying because she needs more rubber bands, please.
But it is mostly about the crafting — and also about giving. She has bracelets made by friends, and she made me a bracelet, and she made one for her brother, in his hockey team colors. He even wore it to school, declaring it “cool.”
So as fads go, I can deal with Rainbow Loom, though the supplies aren’t offered everywhere.
I’ll be in search of more tiny rubber bands as soon as I have a few free minutes...