Advantages and Disadvantages of Loom Bands

Loom Bands are getting more and more popular these days. They are possibly just another childhood trend. It seems that everywhere, kids are making their fancy creations of loom bands. Most popular brand of it is the Rainbow Loom which has been awarded as 2014’s Toy of the Year (TOTY).

Advantages and Disadvantages of Loom Bands
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Aside from just being a toy, these loom bands have benefits for children than average toys do give them. They have psychological benefits not only to the growth of the children, but also to their personality. Still, no matter how beneficial they may give to children, they have disadvantages that I am going to discuss later. First, here are the benefits that parents or anyone should know.

It enhances creativity

With these loom bands, children are able to use their creative minds. There are so many colors that they can choose from and have them match. Just like painting, there are lots of colors to create something. Children can create any work of art with those colors by exercising their imagination and learning how to think creatively. Similar to this, they can create individualized patterns in the loom bands. From their imagination, they can create something that they can see tangibly after they are made. 

It strengthens social skills

There are many kids who love loom bands and creating different bracelets and other stuffs with those. It is a way to socialize with one another as they swap what they've made, to share one's ideas about new designs and patterns,  to cooperate on how to make bracelets and others. It is much like having a social activity and making fun in one.

It instills the value of patience and persistence.

As kids make their bracelets with loom bands, it really took a while just to finish those. Along the process of making, mistakes will happen. As children, they will not succeed eventually finishing their desired designs. That is why they will need patience to keep on going until they finish it. Not only that, what if they want to make a more complex design? They will surely learn to be patient enough before mastering doing it so. In the end, there will be the feeling of satisfaction in the kids once they made it along with being persistent in making something on their own.

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On the other hand, these loom bands have also negative effects psychologically to those persons hooked on doing it and to the society itself. Just like these:

Loom band addiction

As reported by Huffington Post last October 2013, two schools in New York City have banned the Rainbow Looms for students are becoming addicted to it. Reportedly,  the kids couldn't live without it and already getting to the point of being really crazy about it. 

The Huffington Post reported: 

Administrators at P.S. 107 said that loom band mania was getting in the way of learning. Litwack explained that kids were weaving bracelets when teachers’ backs were turned. She also said that some kids teased others for not having kits of their own.

Yes, that is true that no matter how helpful it may be, there are certain things that really need to have limits. Parents should be aware of that. It may lead to a much complicated psychological problem, only once it is not anymore becoming normal.

Loom bands can make animals ill

Another report here in the Philippines has taken PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) and the EcoWaste Coalition to say that once the loom bands are swallowed by cats and dogs, it will make them ill. Ingestion of rubber bands can cause stomach upset and seriously shatter the intestinal tract and may lead to loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea, the groups said. (As reported by GMA News)

Still, the Rainbow Loom has emphasized that the bands should be kept away from the pets. In this case, people should also be aware of the fake loom bands that are now in the market as the product is getting more popular for buyers. These may have harmful metals or chemicals that has been used in these. Just beware.

Written by: Ken Guardian

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