The kit includes the loom, metal hook, a bag of 600+ assorted rubber bands, and instructions. Other kits may contain a completely plastic hook. The loom is made of clear hard-plastic and is reported to be quite sturdy and durable. The rubber bands are phthalate and latex free, and meet US safety standards.
Using the hook to weave rubber bands around one another, users can create bracelets with simple or elaborate designs. Thinking through how band placement can change the final design of the bracelet helps encourage problem-solving skills, as well as being able to think in geometric terms.
Once the basic gist of the weaving technique is understood, children can add complexity to the overall design. Increasing the width or length of the bracelet can be achieved by connecting multiple looms together.
Creativity flows as children choose what colors and patterns they want to make. Though there are quite a number of tutorials online to help demonstrate different patterning techniques, there is no one correct way to use the loom. 3D charms and other small creations can also be made.
More often marketed toward girls, reviewers pointed out that boys also enjoyed playing with the toy, particularly boys in their pre-teens or younger.
As most feedback received mentions, the fun comes from the child being able to make something themselves. Children can wear their own designs, give unique gifts, or create matching patterns for friends.
The manufacturer recommends this toy be used by children 8 years and up, though we did notice many reports of children around 5 and 6 also greatly enjoying the toy. So long as the child is beyond putting small toys in their mouth, and has enough dexterity to use the hook to maneuver the rubber bands, children younger than the recommended age can use this toy. Supervision may be needed with young children, as they may need assistance to fully get the hang of how to work the loom.
Many reviewers said children played with the loom for a couple hours at a time, with several reviewers saying that children were able to entertain themselves without adult interactions. We also noted several reports of children enjoying working together on one loom to come up with complex patterns.
- Wash the hard plastic loom with warm water and soap.
- Replacement hooks, and additional rubber bands can be purchased.
For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
Parts and Pieces
Additional rubber bands, as well as replacement parts, can be purchased from Amazon, or directly from the manufactuer at their website.
We have noted issues with counterfeit Rainbow Looms being sold both in stores and online. The manufacturer has provided a PowerPoint Presentation to help identity an authentic product: