The kids have a new obsession: rainbow loom creations!
They already loved making bracelets and rings, but my kids are still finding reasons to use their rainbow looms daily. I’m glad they’re off the electronics and using their hands to create something. It’s good for dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and patience. The kids are so proud of their creations and so am I, so I’m going to showcase a few of their creations and show you how you can make your own versions.
First, you’ll want to buy a rainbow loom. There’s a lot of different kinds of looms out there, but a rainbow loom brand loom is best. You can look at rainbowloom.com for a list of the authorized sellers so you can be sure your loom is genuine (and not counterfeit).
We’ve learned that the actual rainbow loom brand bands seem to hold up the best. They don’t always have the colors you want though, so if you know of an off-brand band that you use and love, please let us know!!
Band sets run about $2.99 each (or 4 for $10 at our local Learning Express and Michaels). The looms themselves run about $15-$18 and you can buy at Brilliant Sky, Learning Express, Michaels, or at Rainbowloom.com. It looks like Michaels has the loom for $15 each or two for $25 right now!!
Today we’re sharing how to make a rainbow loom snake!
The kids watched this video to learn how. I’ve embedded it below, but check out MarloomZ Creations YouTube channel for more great tutorials.
They watched this tutorial and each made some snakes. I was gifted this nice purple snake. Chee asked me, “Mommy – of my rainbow loom band colors, what’s your favorite? Well aside from purple and pink as I already know you like those.” I told her I liked the teal color and I had no idea why she asked, but about 3o minutes later I received this snake. I think it’sssssssss very ssssspecial. She wants to attempt a mermaid next, but I have to find some tan bands. The boy is making minecraft characters, but he needs to get more green before he will be finished.
A quote I read on Michaels site:
A Pediatric Occupational Therapist’s Dream
“After watching kids of all ages interact with it, I was amazed at how many goals could be addressed in one sitting. We can combine visual perceptual, problem solving/cognitive skills, finger dexterity, bilateral skills, hand strengthening, frustration tolerance and hand coordination for the kids that we work with… Run to your nearest store and get one. Hours of fun and extremely therapeutic. Great product!”
–Jennifer Todd-Barnard, OT
So enjoy your loom creations, they’re teaching your kids all kinds of skills while having fun! If you made a snake, be sure to share a picture of yours on our facebook or twitter page. The kids are always looking for new color ideas (and new creation ideas too)!