Kizzy and Ella received a Cra-Z-Art Shimmer 'n' Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker to try out. Kids can make their own rubber band bracelets by looping and weaving colourful bands onto the loom. The kit contains everything needed to create up to 24 colourful bracelet creations.
At first the instructions looked a bit complicated but once the girls got stuck in, the process became easier and using the hook implement, they were able to manipulate the bands to form different patterns. As long as the instructions were followed correctly, the bracelets could be removed, and attaching an s-clip makes them instantly wearable.
The girls enjoyed making a selection of bracelets using single, double and triple loop techniques. The odd disaster happened when a band snapped mid weave and there where a few do-overs when it all went wrong, but the overall experience was enjoyable and the end results were good. It can be a little fiddly and I think a younger child would need some help to do the more complicated designs.
Refill packs of bands are available and once kids get the basics, they can go on to make rings, bracelets or keyring fobs and attach beads or charms to their creations.
The rubber band bracelets are a colourful and modern twist on friendship bracelets that kids will enjoy wearing and sharing. Kizzy said it was a "fun activity that makes you lose track of time because you are so engrossed in what you are doing."
The set comprises of a loom, a weaving hook, s-clips and 600 colourful latex free rubber bands. It is aimed at girls aged 8 and over. It is priced at £14.99.