Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions

My kids are loving the Rainbow Loom I bought.  I'll admit it, I'm loving it too.  I had seen it advertised and picked one up as a gift for a birthday party.  I thought it would be great for my daughter too so I picked one up for her.  Little did I know that my son would like it as much as she did and that they would be taking turns making bracelets for each other and their friends.

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions


The Rainbow Loom set is comprised of a hook (think crochet hook) and a plastic grid (loom).  You simply place coloured elastic bands on the loom and use the hook to link them together. Different patterns net different types of bracelets.

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions


I personally hated the instructions that came with the set.  I didn't find them clear and they only showed one type of bracelet.  I have found that the internet is a great source of instructions for different patterns.  Later I noticed that even the company sends you to YouTube to find better instructions than they provide.

It is funny though.  The first pattern they teach is the single loop which creates a bracelet like the ones below.



My son and other younger kids all seem to find this one difficult.  The hooking takes practice and they often find themselves knocking off an elastic when they are trying to hook one on.  I would highly suggest starting with the fishtail pattern.  It is easy and the results look far more complicated and impressive than they really are.  My daughter even made a necklace (worn as a hairband below), bracelet and ring set in the car as we drove to pick apples.

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions


I found that a tackle box is a great container for keeping all the elastics organized and ready to use.  I picked this one up at the dollar store for $1.25.  When we first got the mixed bag of elastics we sorted them ourselves.  Later we bought packages of individual colored elastics and we just refill the tackle box as needed.

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions - storage

I came across this photo of someone who used baby food jars to separate and store their elastics.

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions
Image: Mason Jar Crafts Love

While there are a million videos out there now, here are a few videos that I have found that are clear and easy to follow.  I've put them in the order I'd suggest trying them.

Fish Tail:



Single Triple:



Rainbow Ladder:



Starburst:



I met one lady in a store who bought one for her son in hopes of improving his fine motor skills but unsure if he would like it.  She was back at the store buying more elastics because he was obsessed.

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions - fine motor skill development


I even hosted a Rainbow Loom Bracelet making party for the kids and their friends as we prepared to make them as a fundraiser for the CIBC Run for the Cure.  It was a huge success.  They each helped the others if anyone got stumped and taught each other new patterns.  My friend threw a Rainbow Loom party for her daughter last minute when their pool party was rained out.  She picked up a loom for each kid and it became the activity and the loot bag.  They loved it!

Rainbow Loom Fun & Instructions


The Rainbow Loom was a great purchase that has exceeded my expectations.  It has provided hours of fun for the kids and if truth be told, for me too.  They use it at home and in the car.  I have created a Rainbow Loom Pinterest board that I'm always updating.   If you're looking for a great activity for your kids/tweens or a present for a birthday party, I highly recommend a Rainbow Loom.

12 comments :

  1. This is such a great post with all the information and ideas for using the Rainbow Loom. Looks like lots of fun! I'm sharing this tomorrow on my social media sites. Thanks so much for linking up.
    KC

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    1. Thank you for sharing this post. The Rainbow Loom keeps the kids really busy and they love sharing their bracelets with friends. It's been a great investment.

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    1. I'm not sure where you're located but in Canada I know you can buy the Rainbow Looms at Mastermind Toys, Scholar's Choice, Chapters/Indigo, and I believe at Toys Toys Toys. In the USA you can find them at Learning Express and other toy stores. The Rainbow Loom site has a 'where to buy' section.

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  3. So that's why my son is coming home with these! Must be the new accessory for kids.

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    1. The kids love making them and trading them. Not surprised your son is part of the Rainbow Loom trend.

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  4. If you're looking for a great activity for your kids/tweens or a present for a birthday party "rainbow loom.

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  5. nice videos. can you post A single loom video pls ? if so pls do so! thanks ! PS. love the website too! bye. :) from: Elsie

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  6. Some good videos I saw from here and that's all are very good for making rainbow loom bracelets. Nowadays Rainbow loom bracelet is very popular to the all ages of people and now I think more people will come forward to see this video for making rainbow loom bracelets. So thanks for sharing this video with us.

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  7. im now a professional fishtail bracelet maker and i sell them at my school in the uk i highly recommend these bracelets as a starter they're so simple

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  8. lovely bracelet. it's too pretty and color schemes are also very attractive. and making is simple too. loved it.

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