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My daughter will wear any kind of wrist bands, whether they are made of material, plastic, friendship bracelets etc, I am surprised she has any arms left. I was surprised by these Bandz though, there are many different themes of Bandz I have now found out and I recently bought a few sets for my daughter. Within each theme there are different shaped rubber bands, I recently bought Princess Themed ones that include - a wand, pretty shoe, crown, a castle and a princess Jungle Themed ones that include - monkey, lizard, toucan, cat of some kind and a frog Fantast Themed ones that include - phoenix, mermaid, dragon, genie and a fairy The amazing thing about these bands is one you have them on, they don't really look any different to all the other bands my daughter wears. Once you take them off, they pop back to their original shape, it doesn't matter how long you have them on for either. Being made of rubber they are waterproof and pretty much indestructible really. They are only 99p per bag and they contain around 12 in each packet. They come in pretty colours as well which all kids like, I can see these doing very well and being popular with kids from younger girls to teenagers.
Kids toys go through fads and kids in the 7 to 12 age range seem to love collecting things. Often the objects of their desire are vastly overpriced merchandising for the latest film but one fad which seems harmless and will not break the bank is the one for funky shaped elastic bands. My daughter, although older than the typical collector, was brought back a packet of Garfield shaped bands from America and has since gone on to purchase several more. Bandz is one of the many brands producing novelty elastic bands and the price is just £2.30 for five packs of bands on Amazon which puts them well into the league of pocket money toys, the big brand is Silly Bandz which is about twice as expensive, in this case it is really not worth paying more for the big brand as there is very little difference in quality. Each packet contains a selection of coloured elastic bands in a theme which range from animals, dinosaurs, stars, items of food and many more. The bands are brightly coloured, most packs contain a selection of pastel blues, pinks, greens and purples white and black although there as some one colour sets. I would say the sets are more girly in nature than boyish. The bands are pretty impressive in the way they take on the shape of the assorted objects. The bands can be worn on the wrist and fit an older child or teenager while still being loose. You cannot see the shape of the object when the band is worn but because you have not pulled it out of shape by wearing it they spring back to the original shape easily. The bands would be useless when pulled tight ie tying up hair as they would lose their shape. They are durable enough and although they will snap if they are handled roughly they last well with normal use. As a toy, cheap item of jewellery and thing to swap and talk about with their friends these are pretty good. I wonder what the next fad will be?
There is always some kind of hot craze in school playgrounds . In my younger years, it was Pogs, Shag Bands, and Pokemon, and a little later it was scoobis, but for my daughter at the moment it's Bandz - wristbands that come in a variety of shapes, and retain their shape even after being worn. You can get these all over the place - most supermarkets sell them, and you can also get them in many pound shops at the moment. They typically come in bags of ten, with each bag having a 'theme' - for example, animals, sports, music . These themes then break down into various designs - fopr example, in the sports pack, you get a tennis racket, a bicycle, a ball, a swimmer, and other shapes . The bands themselves are a kind of gummy rubber stretch material, with slightly squared edges that I assume help in some way towards the band retaining it's shape - even after being pulled and stretched, and worn for hours, these snap right back into shape . They come in a wide variety of colours - pastel shades, and brighter colours - with some even coming in a glittery, glow in the dark, or scented variety. My daughter and her friends love to trade these in the playground, and the sheer variety of designs means there is always someone who has one she doesn't . It seems the scented ones particularly seem to be highly sought after amongst my daughters classmates, and lately I have even spotted character based bands - Hello Kitty and Ben 10 being two characters that I have seen immortalised in Bandz (although why Ben 10 I'm not sure, as these certainly don't seem as popular among the boys as they are with the girls). These playground trends come and go, but at £1 a pack in the pound shop, it's one I'm happy to spend a few quid on to keep my daughter happy, and I won't be crying over my wasted fortune when the trend is over . Personally, I don't find this trend particularly interesting at all - at least with Pogs, Scoobis, and Pokemon there was some skill involved in either playing the game or making the scoobis into keyrings, but these, you just wear . My daughter seems to like them though .
After much deliberation on my next review topic my daughter suddenly became the inspiration, or rather the craze that has followed her home from school, and landed smack bang in my house! The product I will now review is - "Silly bands". For anyone who has been lucky enough to not have heard of this newest craze I will explain. About two weeks ago my daughter came home from school, talking about these silly things that her friends have been buying from Claire's accessories, with the intention of bringing them to school and trading them for better one's. Now when this original conversation was taking place I was probably in the middle of doing something else, which is why I failed to say "why buy one's to trade, and not buy the one's you want in the first place?", but of course I was never young, and I know nothing! The bands themselves are pretty special I have to say, with there literally being thousands of designs and any number of combinations available in the packs. Each pack comes in a theme, these can be for the younger child, thus being dino's, sweets, princesses, etc, with me even getting a bag of karate one's (it's the closest I could get for wrestling for my son!). Then the older child's range comes in, these contain anything from musical instruments, best friends theme's, where all the bands are shaped into "forever" and "love" and even the much rarer types, these being bands that are smelly. My daughter has had one of these before and swears it smells like blueberry, but all I could smell was rubber! Each band is made from silicone, and is extremely pliable. The band is very thin and the sides are slightly square in shape, this helps the form the band comes in to spring back into it's themed shape, and when this happens it also seems to be able to lie flat on a surface. The bands never lose there ability to spring back into it's original shape, and I think this maybe the draw or the kids, with my daughter forever coming back and showing me the new "pile of rocks" and "microphone and stand" she has managed to procure from one of her friends! The bands when worn look I am afraid like the child has just picked up a handful of coloured and glittery rubber bands, and due to them have a shape memory to them, they are just a lump of rubber on the child's wrist, and if they have manage to collect a few of them (my daughter has 32 so far!), and wear them all at the same time, you do run the wrist of the blood actually being restricted in the arm, my daughters arm had gone very pink by the time I caught her wearing every band she owns! Price wise these vary dramatically in price, I have seen them in Claire's and Asda for £1.99 a pack, which is ok if you want to pick your theme, though be warned as long as the child has some they are not too concerned initially. These are available on www.amazon.co.uk ( I should know, last months voucher paid for them!), with these costing £4.99 for 10 packs, each containing 12 bands. The only downside being you don't get to pick and choose what theme's you get, the upside you don't get any duplicate theme's in the pack and you will get at least one pack of smelly band's and one glitter band pack, which seem to be the holy grail for these kids! These are a fun thing that the kids seem to be into at the minute, just the same as I was into rubber bangles when I was at school! Thanks for reading x