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There is a fabulous sensation sweeping across the world! Children of every age are joining in on the action. Girls and boys alike are ecstatic over this newest trend. And no, it is not the newest app or video game. It is actually hands on, constructive and interactive. It lends itself to exciting conversations amongst friends. By now you may have realized that I am talking about the Rainbow Loom.

The Rainbow Loom bracelets are more exciting than the previous fad of silly bands. The reason is because children can create their own wonderful designs. Kids are fashioning these bracelets and are proud of their creations. They make them to keep; they make them as gifts; what a fantastic way to connect with friends!

Another positive outcome from these colorful bracelets is the practice it provides for fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. The rubber bands are small, so the inability to succeed in the beginning can lead to frustration. Therefore, help and guide your child in the beginning. Show them that the YouTube tutorial videos can be paused and restarted at their convenience.

When I demonstrate how to create an “expert-level” bracelet, I tell the children that each rubber band represents one person. When we link the bands together, we make connections. We are creating one larger entity, representing Am Echad—one nation. In other words, we are creating a Jewish Link!

The design I prefer to teach is called “The Ladder.” A ladder represents moving up. When you look at your finished bracelet, it should symbolize that no matter the level you are currently on, there is always room for growth and development. In life, you should never feel stuck or stagnant. Rather, you should realize your potential; have the confidence to develop and nurture your talents. Set goals for yourself: one ladder rung at a time. And then, wave your decorated arms in the air and be proud of your amazing accomplishments!

By Tova Knecht

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