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What is it about loom bands / Rainbow Loom charms and bracelets that make them so addicting?!
Since I homeschool my daughter, many of the popular fads among young people kind of bypass her. By the time she does find out about them from her friends, the fad has died down and my daughter only had a mild interest in them. However, it’s been different with these rainbow loom bands.
How the Rainbow Loom / Loom Bands Addiction Began
Munchkin went to visit a relative this summer in Georgia. Since they would be attending a special event with a lot of people, my relative sent her a simple loom kit to make bracelets as gifts. Munchkin taught herself how to do four different designs based on the included instructions. Within a few weeks she made some fifty bracelets! The girl was on fire!
Leveling Up Her Loom Charms & Bracelets
At first, she found some patterns to make small veggies like peppers and carrots. Then, she decided to make different varieties of flowers for a house-bound friend. After she made a couple dozen of those, it was time to move on. More complicated bracelets and headbands were made but that still wasn’t enough. Finally, we found a rainbow loom video of how to make three smiling peas in a pod. They looked so adorable! However, the pattern was quite an intricate one and I had too much work to share my laptop screen while she made her pea(s).
I’m so glad we had the Acer Iconia Tab 8. This is one of the newest Intel Tablets and it’s small, light, fast, and has good graphics. With no problems at all, Munchkin was able to seamlessly stream the video to make her little loom band charm.
Of course, with that many loom bands in the mix, a lot of pausing and rewinding was expected. Still the Tab 8 had no problem handling her usage load (the battery did get drained pretty fast though). Thanks to that, she finally finished one. Turns out that the charm wasn’t that little after all and measured about 1-inch in diameter!
Instead of using up all her green for the other two peas and the pod, she decided to head in a slightly different direction. Once she had the basic idea down, Munchkin felt comfortable venturing into other produce. Using the video each time, she was able to create this happy collection:
Taking Advantage of a Change in Interest
Lately, Munchkin has taken a short break from her looming efforts. I have to say that I’m kind of relieved as it was getting to the point where we had rainbow loom bracelets and charms everywhere. It also means that I can confiscate the Acer Iconia Tab 8 so I can play some serious games of Picross/Nonograms during my downtime. I’m sure that won’t last long because she’ll find some reason to take the tablet back but, in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy it.
My daughter caught the loom bracelet bug. I’ll be honest, I’m horrible at them. I had to watch You Tube tutorials to be able to do them. I’m glad we’re taking a break from them, but I know her love for them is still strong.
My nieces love making loom bracelets! I love how your daughter was able to use her tablet to watch the tutorials.
My daughter does rainbow loom, too, and has been getting a lot of help from YouTube videos. She watches them on her Kindle, so having a small device like the Acer A8 is perfect to craft along with!
If my daughter were younger, she probably would have jumped into this craze with both feet. It’s the exact type of craft she would have loved.
Our girls love their loom bands! I hadn’t thought of using a mobile device to stream a tutorial for a new pattern. Brilliant idea!
My kids haven’t caught on to the craze yet. I’m sure it’s coming soon though.
These are wildly popular at my son’s school. 🙂
My son is only 4, but I am intrigued by them! When I was younger, I loved making potholders with the fabric bands and loom!
My daughter receive one of those looms as a birthday gift. She has a hard time using it, but still really likes it.
Those charms are awesome!
Whew! I escaped that craze! I think the bands all over the house might have sent me over the edge. lol
Oh my gosh! What a fun hobby – may daughter hasnt discovered these yet!
Oh boy, I need to show those charms to my kids, they love making the bracelets. i find those little rubber bands ALL OVER my house!
My son and youngest daughter keep asking for them and I never took the time to actually look into it. But now I will, definitely help with their eye/hand movements.
Those charms are precious! My 7 year old absolutely loves her Rainbow loom though she is so fast at making bracelets by hand she does not use it that much. She brought one with her to France this summer to share with friends there. 🙂
My children were never really into something like this, they were more sports oriented but it does look like a cute idea.
My mother introduced my girls to the loom and it has been an endless cycle of friendship bracelet. Looks like your daughter has mastered it beyond the basic though, impressive.
When I was a kid, I LOVED making things like this!
I’ve never seen the charms how cute. My daughter has tons of bracelets she has made.
How creative and cute are those charms! I wish I had a girl to get these for.
Yup, they made so many and we kept finding them all over the house and the little ones would often end up spilling the tub of bands………
I’ve never heard of this but it sounds like something my daughters would love to do.
Those are simply adorable! I love them. Our daughter didn’t just because of her age – but she likely would have if they had been a fad when she was younger. We have friends with a 7 and 5 year old and when we visited them earlier this year we were all ‘gifted’ with loom bracelets 🙂
I have never seen the Rainbow Loom before, but it looks like a fun idea. The little fruits and veggies your daughter made are so cute!!
My younger daughter (8) is obsessed with her looms and loved to make our entire family bracelets. We all have at least one and she herself has about ten.
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