Dec 13 , 2016
The elastic-band rainbow looms are the latest craze with kids of all ages. Here are some ideas from http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/:
Band Bracelets that Kids Can Make
1. Fishtail Band Bracelet
After the single chain bracelet, the fishtail is the easiest bracelet for your kids to start out with. The pattern is easy enough for our newly 5 year old to create on her own.
- 20 bands of a light color + 20 Bands of a dark color. One hook. One Loom.
Here is a video tutorial so you can create your own fishtail band bracelets.
2. Double Fishtail Band Bracelet (aka 4 prong “Dragon Scales”)
Once your kids have a good grip on the pattern “routine” of the regular fishtail, they will have fun adding some variations – like this colorful double fishtail. The tutorial video is for “dragon scales” – we call the thinner version a double fishtail as it looks like two fishtails side-by-side.
- 60 Bands – 20 Pink, 20 Purple, 10 White, 10 Yellow. One Hook. One Loom.
It is super easy for kids to make and after making the double fishtail a couple of times, you can graduate to the wider “scales” versions also featured on the video.
3. Rainbow Ladder Band Bracelet
This colorful bracelet is looks awesome, and as many of the bands are double stacked, it is the perfect bracelet activity for an older sibling to create with a younger child. The younger kids can follow the pattern created and add the second row of bands.
- 7 of both: Red & Light Blue
- 8 of the following: Orange, Yellow, Green, Dark Blue, Purple, Pink.
- 14 Black Bands
- 1 hook
- 1 loom
4. Minecraft Creeper Band Bracelet
Using the same tutorial as the Rainbow ladder, replace all the colored bands with bright green ones. You will need 54 green bands and 14 black bands.
Create your green and black ladder. Turn the bracelet facing in so the black “creeper” line is visible.
Your minecraft fan will love it!
5. Super Stripe Band Bracelet
This bracelet is pretty advanced. It seems that most of my kids favorites are the thicker bracelets.
This is another one where older kids can probably do the hooking, and preschoolers can put the bands onto the loom. The video tutorial from Justin Toys is very easy to follow.
6. The Zippy Chain Band Bracelet
This bracelet was the most frustrating one so far, as it took a couple of tries to get the bands hooked in the correct order, but the finished product looks great!
- 27 Black bands for the border.
- 12 light blue bands
- 22 White Bands
- 1 hook, 1 loom.
7. Colorful Starburst Band Bracelet
These are so bright and cheery! They are more complicated, probably better suited for an elementary or middle school child to make on their own, but our preschoolers enjoy filling the loom for me to hook the bracelet together.
- 6 Different Colors, with 6 bands in each – you will need a total of 36 colorful bands.
- 39 Black Bands
- 1 hook, 1 loom.
You will want to make the black edging first and then create each starburst. Be sure to put a “cap” of black at the center of each burst of color.
8. Taffy Twists Band Bracelet
This is a good “first” complicated bracelet. The tutorial is created by Rainbow loom and is very detailed. My older preschooler was able to do this one by herself after a trial run.
9. Sun Spots (aka X-Twister) Band Bracelet
Check out the video. This bracelet looks completely different when you change the colors.
We call it our Sunny Spot, but other tutorials have called it “X-Twister” and “Liberty”.
- 27 border bands – we chose orange.
- 20 Like-color bands – we chose red.
- 12 Bright Bands – we used Yellow.
- 13 Cap Bands – we used Pink.
- 1 hook, 1 loom.