Smart Apps For Android: Loom bracelets - best apps, vids and pins for kids!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Loom bracelets - best apps, vids and pins for kids!

Image taken from http://youtu.be/mgBnrjoBQrA

Has the fever hit you? Are you rubber band bracelet crazy? We have bands and charms in all shapes and colors in my house and I have to admit, I love that my kids are keeping their fine motor skills up during the Easter break, plus my boys are getting into it too! I know it is a phase and that their creations will not last forever, but I am happy for them to spend pocket money on something that is social, creative, cognitive and challenging. These are the apps, vids and pins my kids use for their creations. I thought you might benefit from them too! Feel free to pass this post on to your family and friends.
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Ok, so I'm going to start with an app. This is Smart Apps after all! This particular app has Minecraft, so you cannot go wrong with this one! A collation of Minecraft charm video tutorials from Elegant Fashion 360, it is the perfect way to lure your boys into what some consider a girly craft because the charms feature their favorite Minecraft characters and can be used as bag tags or to hang on their bag hook at school. Phoenix Apps also has a range of other apps for more loom band creations. Check them out!

   $0.99
Available on Amazon Appstore

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Next, I need to direct you to a YouTube channel. Made by Mommy is strongly recommended by my daughter because:
1. she goes slow
2. she explains what she's doing
3. she shows how to make stuff without a loom
4. she has what she's doing close to the camera
5. she writes down the colours and how many you need
6. she has charts with arrows pointing where bands go
7. keeps her hands out of the way of the camera so you can see what she's doing

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Now I want to share this great Pinterest board with you. There are some amazing charms as well as cool bracelets and it is all on one board so very easy to follow. Have your children been wondering how to make fishtails, starbursts, ladders or even Queen Elsa from Frozen? Go and check out the pins by TutorialsByA. She even has tutorials to make accessories for phones.


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Of course, you are going to need the bands, hooks and looms, so here is a nice easy link to loom bracelets on Amazon where you can stock up or refill your child's stash.


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Finally, I have another app to share with you. This one is from Google Play and unfortunately, it does contain small unobtrusive ads, but since children are not touching the screen during use of the app, this time I have included an app with ads. It is free, after all and you can also use a parental control app to block ads if you so desire. I was particularly drawn to this app because of the variety of creations including not only bracelets, charms and accessories, but also clothing! The video tutorials in this app come from a range of loomers and includes a rainbow unicorn!

   FREE
Get it on Google Play

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To finish off, I need to share this incredible loom band creation with you: a rainbow loom band suit!



To read more about this suit and why it sold for $40,000 click here.

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This is a Down Syndrome Awareness Ribbon that my daughter made today


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