What’s the Idea?
Making loom bands is an inexpensive, independent and fun activity for all children. The added bonus is that they and you get some nice jewellery at the end of it!
What’s the story
Loom bands are something I have heard about for a while now but I didn’t really know what it was all about until my daughter turned 6 and she was given several loom band gift sets.
Bracelets, anklets, necklaces, you name it, it can be made. There are so many colours and options to choose from! It took my 6-year-old a few attempts to get the hang of it but now she is a pro.
She enjoyed teaching her older brother who also enjoys making and collecting them now. She has even created a little shop where she has put price tags on her products – great for teaching and understanding the value of coins!
People should do this because…?
It’s a great straight forward activity for kids over 5 years where at the end of it they can really feel like they have accomplished something.
It might take a little bit of time to get the hang of it but once they do, everyone in the family will be wearing one (at least!).
Just remember to keep the bands away from small children. There’s the risk of choking, problems caused by children swallowing the rubber bands or wrapping them too tightly.
How do you do it?
You will need about 20 or so loom bands for a child’s bracelet and an s-clip which usually comes with the set. You can use the tools included in the set, or your fingers or a fork to make a band.
Please see the links below for a detailed description of how to make a loom band.
Stuff you may need
Loom bands and/or loom band set