Loom bands have well and truly hit our house. Have they made it to your yet? I had no idea what you did with them until my mother in-law bought the girls a set each, as a gift from New Zealand when she came to stay with us.
First look I thought, oh dear, really complicated. Will I be able to follow it and help the girls do it?
But having looked it up on You Tube, where you can find anything these days, it made it a lot clearer and away we went. Although they do come with illustrated instructions, I am more of a visual person so watching someone do it on You Tube was so much clearer for me.
We have tried lots of different ways of making the loom bands, some really tricky, some quite simple. Transferring them onto pencils has been quite an effective way for Lara, my youngest to do the bracelets, if they were getting a bit tight on her little fingers.
While Siobhan my oldest has found a great way to overcome her dexterity challenges. This was my dilemma, Lara really wanted to try the looms out straight away, the second she saw them. Whereas Siobhan was really reluctant as she anticipated she wouldn’t be able to do it, it would be too fiddly and hard for her, she thought. The solution she came up with was genius! She used knitting needles, which have just the right amount of slip and glide to put the bands on. She was frustrated that she was finding it hard to do on her fingers, and wasn’t getting on well with the pencil idea and so decided to try the knitting needles, and I am so glad she did as the three of us sit and have ‘loom hours’ now, which is great for us to do together.
Finding a solution for Siobhan to join in with the loom bands was great, for one thing it meant we could all do them together and the other was all the kids in Siobhan’s school were wearing them and making them, (before the school banned them altogether) and she wanted to feel she was current with the new trend too.
As you can see she does really well and it has exactly the same effect as the other methods. Now all she has to decide is what colours to use, and boy sometimes this can take a while!
One of the things I love about the loom band craze is that boys and girls are joining in and making them, which is unusual as so many toys, crafts and trends are so stereotyped into particular genders so it is really refreshing to see both boys and girls sharing this hobby.
Even the toes have been adorned! It is a bit of an all or nothing with the looms in our house. Next I should think they will be wanting to do the elaborate minions and pandas that I have seen on You Tube but have been keeping schtum about. Let’s hope they are easy too as they look really complex!
Have your children become loom crazy in your house?
I would love to know how adventurous your designs have become.