Sunday, October 3, 2010

silly bands

I had never heard of silly bands until a couple of weeks ago, when my boys received some as a party favor. They were excited about them and said they'd seen kids trading them at school. (In case you've never heard of them, they're rubber bands in the shape of all sorts of things.) A friend told me they've actually been banned at our school because of the huge distraction factor. Yesterday Cal asked to use his allowance to buy more, in order to do some trading with a neighbor. I had no idea where to get them. I found out from my pals on twitter you can buy them just about anywhere - drug stores, the grocery store, etc. (Amazing the things you don't notice when you aren't looking for them, isn't it?) I took Cal to our neighborhood drug store to shop; I noticed there were packages of Halloween ones, in addition to every other imaginable shape. I think these would be a great alternative to candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

11 comments:

jenna@sweetfineday said...

that's really funny. the girls were really into silly bandz earlier in the year. I guess they didn't bring any on our trip to seattle. Most teachers in school banned them in the classroom because they were too distracting! Seems like the fad has passed a bit here...don't see them on kids as often.

Barbara said...

There's always something new...and we parents are always learning, aren't we?

KPiep said...

Ah...the silly bands.

They've already been banned by a lot of teachers at our elementary school because they have proven to be a huge distraction. My teacher friend (Cupcake and The Boy's Mom) can't stand them because they are such a problem!

We've so far managed to avoid the issue...and Gillian has fessed up to putting the few she has away in her tool box at school because she knew they were taking up too much of her focus.

Which is all sad because I do think they could be fun and I love the fact that they are so cheap and easy to find...making them accessable for most children.

And you are right...a great candy alternative is ALWAYS a good thing.

Sigh.

gina said...

Isn't it amazing how these trends pop up so quickly and all over the country, too! I had never heard of them until the stepkids came down to Arkansas from Michigan....and now I see them all over!

Emily said...

how funny! i have actually seen these around at stores (never on kids, but then mine are pretty young), and have been wondering what the heck they are! mystery solved!

Becky said...

Oh Lecia, this is so March 2010! :) They are really kind of cute, aren't they? Laura was big into them back in the spring. I heard legends of a girl on the school bus who wore 100 on each arm. Now, around here, they've trickled down to the preschool set. We put them in goody bags for both kids' birthdays.

I have even heard of adults starting to wear them. But I'm not loving that look for me.

Char said...

oh yes, my niece is crazy for them. i'm not sure if she is into the trading because she doesn't like to share so much. LOL but they seem fun for the kids.

country girl said...

It's funny...I think every generation has their own version of 'silly bands.' Used to be basball cards. When I was young it was slap bracelets, which were these bands that, if you slapped them against your wrist, they curled around it like a bracelet.
For my husband it was cigarette boxes (even though none of the boys smoked). They collected brands from all around the world and traded them.
For a while it was those Armstrong bracelets.
For my little brother it was pokemon cards.
Now its silly bracelets!

country girl said...

Oh, and does anyone remember friendship bracelets? The kind you made yourself by pinning strands of thread to the knee of your jeans and weaving?

Paige said...

I don't think the "silly band" craze has hit here in Minneapolis, although it could be that I'm not paying attention....will have to keep an eye out for these when I'm at my kids' school tomorrow. Great idea to pass 'em out for Halloween, too!

jenny said...

We found a great use for Silly Bands while at the cabin this weekend: they were perfect for hanging the flashlights from the small hooks on the ceiling :) I thought of this post when we did this and I had to come back and tell you! J just informed me that they were banned at school yesterday. This prompted me to get out my embroidery floss and try to remember how to make friendship bracelets, though I don't know why I am trying to replace one annoying fad with another... but at least they can put their creative juices to work making them :) Remember jelly bracelets? I think I was a little older than my kids when they were all the rage, but I remember having arms full of them. How uncomfortable!