The latest craze to hit playgrounds is Loom Bands, a jazzed up take on the traditional friendship bracelet. In this post we explain the appeal of Loom Bands and let you know the best places to find cheap loom bands, as some sets are much more expensive than others.
The bands are being used by children to represent friendship, show thanks or are made ‘just for fun’ which is all very cute. The bands are made by neatly weaving together hundreds of rubber bands on a loom – you can see how they came up with the name! – and attaching clips to make a bracelet or keychain.
In short, girls love making the Loom Bands because they are colourful, creative and great for sharing with friends. Boys like them for similar reasons, but are less into making them and more into receiving them from the girls. No surprise there.
Where can you get cheap Loom Bands?
As with any craze, big brands are trying to cash in on the hype and in this case it is Cra-Z-Loom and Rainbow Loom. They sell sets for about £14.99 which include loads of bands and the Loom, an essential part for making bracelets. These £14.99 sets are not bad value and if a child wants to get weaving then investing in a starter set is a good idea.
Within a few weeks though, all the bands from the starter set will have been used and more will be necessary – your child will now be in high demand to make bands for everyone. We advise you shop around for replacement bands, which are essentially colourful rubber bands of a certain size, as replacement bands from the branded sets can cost double the price, for essentially the same item.
We recently pick up some packs from The Works – 300 bands for £0.99 and Amazon sellers are offering similar value for larger packs. At pocket money prices these packs are very popular with savers on Roosterbank, the curated Rooster Shop offers a range of Loom Band sets for children to save for.