We received a set to review recently and I can confirm it has definitely swept along into this house, and looks set to stay. Proclaimed as 'the ultimate rubber band bracelet maker', the box contains the loom itself (a plastic strip with hooks on), a weaving hook, 600 rubber bands and 25 plastic 'S' clips (to join the bands and finish the bracelets). Also included is a full colour instruction booklet with plenty of ideas and easy instructions.
It's quite a simple idea - you stretch the elastic bands onto the plastic loom in whatever pattern you fancy, then hook them over or under until eventually they are all interlocking and the bracelet can be gently prised off.
Tamsin and her friend (aged 8 and 9) were initially slightly puzzled with the set, and needed some help to get going. They skim-read the instructions as they were keen to just get started, but soon realised they couldn't quite work it out. However, once they were helped with the instructions, they were well away and quickly produced two cute bracelets in colours of their choosing.
Since then, word has gone round the playground that there are great YouTube clips showing how to make different designs, and so Tamsin has branched out into some more complicated offerings for her friends.
I think it's great that this has given her something to concentrate on and enjoy, and which also leads to pride in a finished product. I'd definitely receommend it as a gift for any girl over the age of 8. I've even heard that the boys quite like it too, even if some of them won't admit it in public!
At £14.99 this is definitely good value, and you can see where to buy here: www.character-online.com
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We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review, but have not received payment. All the views expressed here are our own.