Isabella, 8, and Chelsea, 6, enjoying the latest craze, making loom bands. Picture Chris LaneTHEY are the latest craze designed to entice children with the added bonus of driving parents batty.
Suddenly, children cannot have too many multi-coloured rubber band bracelets adorning their arms.
Loom bands are tiny, colourful elastic bands which can be woven into bracelets, necklaces, rings and headbands.
They take up from the infuriatingly difficult Scoubidou craze that had children and parents alike ripping out their hair as they watched countless YouTube tutorials in a bid to master the plastic strings.
While loom bands themselves are cheap enough — you can buy bags of 300 for as little as $2 — a loom required for more intricate designs costs more.
However, simple designs can be made on fingers alone, without the need for a loom or crochet-style hook.
Lisa Dietrich, of Lilli Pilli, said her her two daughters Isabella, 8, Chelsea, 6, took up the loom band craze after receiving a kit for Christmas.
They now spend much of their free time weaving their magic.
“I found out about it online but every time I went to get them they were sold out,” Mrs Dietrich said.
“It’s great because they can do them themselves. They have friends over and have loom band play dates.”
But not everyone is a fan of loom bands.
Fairfax Media reported last month that a number of Sydney primary schools had banned children from wearing them to school although in some cases pupils were allowed to make them in the playground.
The ban was to stop children trading or selling them, with one school writing in its newsletter the aim was to stop “shonky deals”.
Schools in St George and Sutherland Shire have also followed suit.
Mrs Dietrich said her girls’ school, Lilli Pilli Public, banned wearing the bracelets after some boys “got a bit silly”.
But she said pupils were still allowed to weave the bands in the playground before school and at recess.
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