Rubber Shaped Silly Bands: Our Kids' Favorite Trading Item
The Silly Bandz craze is here. There is always an item that is the bane of a parent's existence; this year it's the Silly Bandz. Our daughters are going crazy over the trading and buying of these shaped silicon and rubber wristbands.
What exactly are Silly Bandz or Silly Bands? illy Bandz are multi-colored rubber bracelets molded into fun shapes for kids. They come in a variety of colors and shapes. When they are placed around your wrist they look like a bracelet, but they quickly form into a variety of shapes when laid flat. You can see a few of the shapes in my photos.
Examples of Silly Bandz Shapes
- Halloween Silly Bandz
- Glow in the dark Silly Bandz
- Christmas Silly Bandz
- Animal Shaped Silly Bandz
- Rockstar Silly Bandz
- Sport Silly Bandz: Basketball Silly Bandz, Football Silly Bandz, Soccer Silly Bands, Baseball Silly Bands, etc.
- Specific Team Silly Bandz
- Cars and Trucks Silly Bandz
- Dinosaur Silly Bandz
- Princess Silly Bandz
- Bug Silly Bandz
- Butterfly Silly Bandz
- Disney Silly Bandz
Trading Silly Bandz or Fun Bands
Silly Bandz, also known as Fun Bands, are a big trading item. Our girls will spend hours organizing and trading their silly bandz. The nice thing about trading this item is that they are fairly cheap to buy, so no child is really going to be taken advantage of in the trade. Our four-year-old can trade her silly bandz with older kids and I don't have to worry that she's going to be crushed later because they "took" her. ;)
The highly-sought-after bands in our household are the glow-in-the-dark silly bandz. Our four-year-old loves the princess Silly Bandz and the Butterfly bands. Even little boys are wearing and trading the bands.
Where can I buy Silly Bandz?
Oriental Trading Company sells a knock off of Silly Bandz called Fun Bands. They seem to be very similar (if you have a different experience, please leave a comment below.) They are about $5 for 50 bands. Amazon carries the original Silly Bandz for $5 for 24 bands. You can also get them at Toys R Us, on the Silly Bandz website, Target, and most other toy stores. Target sells 48 silly bandz for $12.
There are a bunch of Silly Bandz knock offs that are cheaper and I would assume of the same quality; they are just rubber band bracelets, the quality meter can't move too much!
Silly Bandz on Amazon
What Silly Bandz shapes do you have?
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 27, 2015:
Robin, that's pretty cool! It reminds me of something similar from my youth. Great hub!
Jennuhlee from Pennsylvania on July 07, 2011:
lol what a cute and smart hub, I really like your writing style, it is so professional!
Jamie on November 16, 2010:
They kind of annoy me but I'm a high schooler. When 16 year olds are obsessed with how many rubber bracelets they can fit on their wrists, it seems a bit over the top. But I think for younger kids it's a cute thing to trade and it's pretty simple and cheap. :-)
They itch my wrists personally but I'm not sure what brand I got. It was a prize for swimmer of the week.
smartestkidsever on November 11, 2010:
silly bands are a fun and cheap way for children to have fun.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 14, 2010:
They are so pretty and cute.
kimballtrombone on October 13, 2010:
My two grade school daughters love these! My wife uses them as rewards for doing their daily chores, music practice, etc.
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on October 12, 2010:
Thanks for the comment, Wahine! I appreciate the feedback on Oriental Trading Company! The bands that we bought are called Shaped Rubber Bands and they definitely held their shape.
Wahine from California on October 12, 2010:
I didn't know that Oriental Trading had any of the bands. I'm going to check that out. Thanks!
EDIT: Looked them up and the reviews say that they aren't the same. More like silly blobs than the shapes they're supposed to be! If I'm looking for an alternative, I'll look elsewhere. Those Buddy Bands look interesting. :)