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So, still on a high from successfully sharing this blog with some amazing people in Costa Rica and starting to plan a family trip to this newly recognised wonder, I felt it prudent to compensate the positiveness with a simple question:

Loom Bands – is it me or aren’t
they just tiny elastic bands?

Now any parents out there with children at school will immediately start rocking from side to side at the slight mention of these devil bands. They are everywhere. Every kid has one, wants one and/or makes one. My son is obsessed. He has his own manufacturing process which involves the production of these things at a fairly impressive rate. He shares then with his friends and has also recently recognised the financial potential they have and has started selling them to kids and adults at every opportunity. He comes home with money, sweets, biscuits and even new football cards (his other passion in life). However, he never gets to enjoy his rewards because as soon as he gets home he’s back producing more merchandise.

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For those lucky people who haven’t experienced the loom band phenomenon yet let me explain. They are small elastic bands that can be knotted together in different ways to create wristbands.
They’re pretty clever and obviously the kids love them but let’s not forget, they’re elastic bands. Because I’m a soft touch I treated my kids to 4200 of these little buggers at the reasonable price of Β£14.99. However, it appears to me that actually Β£15 for a bag of stupidly small elastic bands may not be so reasonable after all.  In fact I’m pretty sure I’ve been done. Now my maths isn’t the best (I’m sure one of you clever people can tell me how much I paid per band) but already I’m looking back and putting this into my ‘what were you thinking’ pile.

So, to summerise I’m sure the loom band fetish will run its cause but in the meantime parents BE STRONG. Say no. Elastic bands are for pinging things at teachers when they’re not looking. Not for sticking on your wrist!

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