The kids are obsessed with Silly Bands. Essentially they are rubber bands that when off your arm take the shape of an animal or object. Miles’ favorite is the purple Train. Sophia’s is a purple and white castle and a pink mermaid. When piled on your arm these bring me right back to the jelly bands and charm necklaces and yes, garbage pail kids of the 80’s and I can’t believe that my kids are old enough to actually participate in a fad.
This Silly Band craze is so easy. It’s about $5 for a pack of 24 similarly themed bands in multiple colors. There are no nasty themed bands that I have come across although I am sure some perv makes them and I will admit some well loved bands do take on a definite phallus shape. Oh well, that just makes it funnier for me when Sophie asks me why I am laughing at the inchworm and then follows up with “Mommy, do you want this one”? No honey, keep your little penis. Mommy is okay.
These Silly Bands are nothing like the last fad I can remember – the Garbage Pail Kids. Doug Plug, Smelly Sally, Adam Bomb, Meg-A-Volt and the rest of the gang were nasty booger and puke and death inspired cards in the 80’s that me and my brother collected, traded and found absolutely hysterical. I am sure our parents and parents the country over, feared for our generation. These cards are disturbing. I am always honest though – they are part of my childhood so I remember Bone Head Fred (his barber exposes bone on his skull) with fondness.
To be honest, the silly bands are totally positive. I am completely stoked. I think they look cool on and I kid you not – these are teaching lessons.
Sharing: If you have a majillion silly bands on your wrist and you wear them out and you meet a friend with no rocki’ bands of their own you MUST give that friend enough to rock some serious silly bling of their own. This is not optional. The kids do not get to take one measly band off. They each must share a lot. This has been a great lesson and now both Sophia and Miles love to give silly gifts to their friends and are even getting better with sharing other toys at home.
Appropriate Play: All the trading and on and off is not good for school or temple or the dinner table. The bands could also be a choking hazard for a little one so the kids are not allowed to wear these to school or to meals and they are learning that some things are really awesome and fun but might not be okay 24/7. For some reason they are starting to get it and now remind me that it’s time to take our bands off.
Trading Skills: Like baseball cards or sticker books, the kids trade these bands. There are thousands of colors and designs and they want to get as many as possible.
Counting and Colors and Organization: We count our silly bands. We organize them by color or shape or theme. We put them in special little boxes. The kids enjoy tallying their numbers and announcing their wealth of bands in numbers.
So you see, these little bands are not so silly after all. I am going to relish in this little fadwith my kids and enjoy the pleasure of a feel good fad before they are so old that they want to play with guns or get tattoos or any of the other crap that I am sure is in my future!
What fads are in your house? What do you remember coveting as a child? I would just love to know what else is out there and what I have to dread look forward to!
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