Do any of you in the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation remember the POG craze – those silly little milk bottle caps that kids loved to collect, trade, or play with? It hit about the time my girls were tweens and we had those cute milk caps coming out of our ears.
Or how about those adorable Russ Berrie Trolls Dolls from our own youth. I just LOVED each little troll toy I had way back then.
Now there's a new craze and our grandkids (mine anyway, plus tons of others based on what I saw at the mall yesterday and read online tonight) are loving them to pieces. They have a variety of names, including Shaped Rubber Bands or Silly Bandz. They are basically rubber bands that come in a huge variety of shapes. There are animal shaped rubber bands,
and so many more. I bought a Wild West set of shaped rubber bands yesterday
to add to the collection of my local grandkids. Aren't they cute? Apparently these rubber band bracelets are all very popular for trading so the more the merrier.
We first discovered them at the airport where they run about $5 for a dozen. It was better at the mall – $4 for a dozen. When I went on a hunt for where to get the cheapest shaped rubber bands/silly bandz bracelets, I found that Amazon seems to have the best price – 72 total in 6 varieties of the Shaped Rubber Bands – Silly Bandz for $8.76 and free shipping. However, the review says these are smaller than the originals. Good for little ones or just trading.
Even though most of my granddaughters are pretty tiny, I think I'm going to "splurge" on Walmart's silly bandz princess set – 48 for $10.99 – for my long distance grandprincesses.
They're not available in the stores, but can be shipped to their local Walmart for free or very inexpensively to their home. They'd be happy with either but the princess collection would be ultra-special. I love fun and inexpensive ideas for grandparents to stay in touch and close to grandchildren when living far away and this will definitely be a cute one.
Some caveats do come with these fun little shaped rubber bands. Aside from the expected warning – not for under 5 years old – you need to monitor them on the child's wrists. Especially if they put several on. One of my grandkids did a bunch, and the arm started changing colors. Needless to say we got them off quickly, and now limit how many go on, and for how long. And never let them wear them to bed.
Also, some schools are now banning these silly bandz bracelets as the kids love to trade them, sometimes in class, and they can be a real distraction. I would suggest calling your school before your grandchild takes any silly bandz bracelets there. Still, they're a silly and fun new craze and I bet they'd be great for making 3d craft projects with.
Have your grandkids discovered these Silly Bandz yet? What do they think of them? Have you found better resources for purchasing them? We'd love to hear. 🙂