Have your kids joined the loom band craze yet? My kids had to wait until 2014 to get their looms and bands, so we were a little late joining this trend, but seven-year-old Emma, six-year-old Johnny, and four-year-old Lily all enjoy making loom band bracelets! We also recently found another use or our loom boards: loom band literacy exercises! Form the bands on the loom to create different words – can you spot Emma’s name above? If you have more than one loom, you can spell out even long words! It’s a fun way to play with letter recognition, and to work on spelling words (if your school has spelling tests – our current school does not). I love seeing my kids find creative ways to play with letters – they also enjoy writing with cuisenaire rods, writing letters in our no-mess finger paint, writing name poems, and even making up their own literacy games! I also have a great collection of literacy activities on Pinterest!
Band looms are essentially geo boards, although the spacing is a little different from what you would typically find. so you can use them to explore geometric shapes, and to make designs for fun – designs that may even turn out to be new bracelet designs! Making band bracelets is wonderful way for kids to explore patterns and learn about sequencing, while developing spatial awareness – all important skills that they will use in math class at school.
Have your kids found creative uses for band looms? Do you have a favorite brand? We own a couple of different knock-off brands, and aren’t in love with either of them, although we prefer the one pictured about (that I don’t even know the brand of). We haven’t explored complex bracelet patterns much yet, either, so if you have one that you think my kids would enjoy let me know!
What are your favorite literacy activities?