Rainbow Looms

Kid’s request. Mum you have to blog about Looms. Until a few months ago we did not even know these little coloured rubber bands existed. I think I bought a packet and put into a Christmas stocking but there was little enthusiasm for trying it out.Well that has all changed and ┬áby mid term at our school you cannot take 10 paces in the grounds before finding little people covered in bands and loom kits in hand. I might add the school is discouraging wearing loom bands because they are after all jewellery.

Looms are creations from small coloured rubber bands and a loom kit that allows you to finger knit effectively. My older kids use a fish tail braid pattern for a tight band and it looks good. In fact I think the Rainbow Looms have won toy of 2014. I am excited that instead at desiring screens my little people are using their loom. I am not sure what we will do wit 100s of rainbow loom bracelets ( yes all 7 of us have our own collection). So maybe you can expect one in your Xmas stocking next year?

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Circa 1971

Love her or hate her Barbie has been around for a long time. Recently I found this Malibu Barbie 1971 in our local toyshop. My girl was not at all drawn to her. It may have been the tan or sensible beach cover all. But it is probably more the fact that she was not in pink, had no bling, sparkle or glitter.

When my first baby girl was born I remember having a conversation with a friend about whether we would let our girls play Barbies. The doll that typifies a body shape that is distorted and unattainable. Well we play Barbies. My old dolls with handmade clothes and the newer, brighter dolls. And the odd Action Man as well. The dolls facilitate imaginary play.
We have censored the Bratz dolls with the sassy attitude but the Barbies remain. Did you play Barbie?