Chances are if you have kids younger than 15 in your house, you know what this is:
And most likely, you have about 68,000 of these around your house:
Except, they aren’t neatly organized like this. This is the lie they sell you. The reality is they’re strewn all over the house as if a tiny tornado had picked them up and dropped them everywhere within a .2 mile radius. Plus they show up in the weirdest places – I swear there was one in the bottom of a bowl of cereal today. But I digress…
For the three of you out there who don’t know what I’m talking about, this is the Rainbow Loom and if you Google it you’ll see all the types of bracelets and necklaces and key chains and all the other things you can weave together using the loom and all the tiny elastic bands.
My 8-year-old has one of these and it quite obsessed with it. It’s low tech, no-screen-time fun. I’m a big fan.
The really interesting thing (to me) that has happened are the types of secondary creativity this phenomenon has created. If you go to YouTube and search Rainbow Loom, you’ll find hundreds of videos showcasing how-to’s for various pattens. Most of these videos are made by pre-teen girls who’ve never made videos before. In addition, kids are taking the loom and creating more than just bracelets – there are mini-bags and animals, pencil holders and even action figures – Thor! And it’s not just girls. Sitting at soccer games this fall I’ve seen boys and girls with their looms sitting in groups, talking and creating. Love it!
So, this isn’t really a product placement advertisement, just a little musing on something my daughters have been obsessed with the last few months. I’m so glad it’s something that fosters and stretches their creativity. And unlike the newest over-produced boy band, this is a fad I hope sticks around a little while.
This is post #12 in the 30-day National Blog Posting Month challenge.