Loom bands

loom_bandsI’ve heard that loom bands have been around for a while already in other parts of the world, but here in the Netherlands they’ve suddenly made their appearance in the last few months. And now, they are everywhere.

If you’ve missed the fuss — loom bands basically are little elastic bands in a rainbow of colours, that are weaved together to form anything from simple bracelets to complex three dimensional creations. My children mostly use their fingers and different weaving techniques to make their bracelets, but there are crochet hooks and loom kits available as well. Little S or C shaped plastic clips keep the finished artwork together.

Both Sara as Pim are completely obsessed, and so are all of their friends. Pim has his entire arm covered in the plastic bracelets and is still collecting more! I do make him take them off in bed — I must admit that all of that plastic does gross me out a little. But then again, it keeps them entertained for hours, it’s creative, social, and fun. Plus, they can even be stylish – yesterday one of my cool friends was sporting a black loom band with neon details that she made herself, which made me want to get into my children’s loom band stock immediately and start weaving.

So, are your kids (or you!) on the loom band wagon yet?

xxx Esther

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1. Carol Roncagliolo | June 25, 2014 | Reply

Loom Bands, aha! Didn´t know what they were called…here in Spain they are just plain ¨gomas¨. My daughter is also OBSESSED with them and like your kids my daughter is entertained for hours! My two and half year old isn´t quite there yet but I can see the interest starting to grow so I imagine I´ll have to up our supply fairly soon! Completely hear you about wanting to start weaving yourself, my daughter made a rather cool looking bracelet for a neighbor of ours which was super chic!

Thanks for sharing, it is all the trend here but great to hear it is world wide!

Carol

2. Kiana | June 25, 2014

Every kid I teach here in Spain loves these! I was surprised that both girls and boys alike see into them because when I was a kid in the US, bracelet making was strictly a girl game. Times change I guess.

3. Gina | June 25, 2014 | Reply

I’m on the loom band wagon since my little cousins, who I babysit, are OBSESSED. They also have their tiny arms literally covered with those bracelets and they NEVER stop weaving new ones! So I’m the proud owner of a great collection now. (They also teached me how to make them, and it’s really easy and funny). And, of course, some days I wear one or two, specially when going to babysit. (I’ve so many I can choose colors and match with my outfit hahaha!)

4. Carla | June 26, 2014 | Reply

My dougther is huge fan!! And now with the world cup (futball) here in Argentina everything is about futbol..she is make bracelets withbtje colors of each country! Some indirect geography!

5. Esther in Amsterdam | June 27, 2014

So sweet! (I hope she already made an orange one ;) ) x

6. Aman | June 28, 2014 | Reply

Hi Esther I follow you on Instagram and on here. How do you make this particular loom band? Do you know what it’s called or if there are any online instructions? I can make normal fishtail, but this looks like a crochet atyle

7. Esther in Amsterdam | July 4, 2014

Hi aman, I answered you on Instagram, I hope I made sense!! X

8. Annie | July 9, 2014 | Reply

Esther,

I have to ask about that rug in the background. It is gorgeous!

9. jovana | July 11, 2014 | Reply

i’m a teacher in serbia and all of the kids at school (ages 7 to 14) are crazy about loom bands. i’d never seen them before until a couple months ago. now all the teachers at school and the librarian all wear at least one bracelet that a student gave them. it’s good for creativity and concentration, and it’s sweet how excited kids are to make one for an adult. i asked my second-graders to teach me how to make one and they were so proud of their skill!

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