8 Cool Facts About Silly Bandz Bracelets History
Fascinating Facts About Silly Bandz
Silly Bandz are everywhere.These funky animal shaped bracelets are stacked high on kids' arms. This fashion fad can be found on the arms of kids everywhere; these silly bracelets come in shapes like dinosaurs, princess themes, cars, sports, sea creatures, and many other themes. But did you know they were invented to save the environment? That's right. Silly Bandz, Stretchy Shapes, and Zanybandz are not just a fashion fad; they were designed by a Japanese artist, Robert Croak. He didn't realize that Silly Bandz silicone bands would become a huge success, and that children would be frantically searching stores for the next bracelet to add to their collection. So, let me tell you about the Silly Bandz trend and its history.
1. The Inventor of Silly Bandz Has a Criminal Record
The inventor of Silly Bandz has a small blip on his record. According to Business Week, Robert Croak has a forgery conviction on his record. He claims it was a technicality since it was a minor mistake during his regular business activities, and he was never sentenced to jail. The judge granted him probation, and is required to pay fines.
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2. With Silly Bandz, You Won't Know What Hit You
For the rest of your life, you will remember the moment that you saw your first shaped silicone bracelets. Your child will leave a few Zany Bandz and wonder "What the heck is this?" You really won't pay attention.
Before long, she will excitedly show you her silicone bracelet and tell her how her friend gave it to her "for free." She will beg you to buy a box. And then the chaos will begin! You will remember that you saw a blurb on "Good Morning America." You will ask yourself where to buy Silly Bandz, and you will visit more stores in one day than you've visited in your entire life. Once you have them, you will spend hours watching her sort through her collection, and watch pictures appear on Facebook, showing off armloads of Zanybandz. Your life will be changed for good.
3. Silly Bandz Were Supposed to Help the Environment
Before Silly Bandz bracelets were the latest fashion fad, they were just nameless rubber bands. They were designed in Japan by a man who wanted to stop people from throwing out rubber bands. He created the environmentally friendly animal designs hoping that people would recycle the rubberbands instead of tossing them in the trash. Before long, these creative new products were discovered by Robert Croak and he had them turned into Silly Bandz.
4. They Do Tricks!
It's not just any rubber band---it can do tricks. The most skilled animal bracelet owners know how to perform as well. Watch with amazment as they spin them around their fingers using one hand. You can even learn how to make a Silly Bandz necklace. Or magically turn the bracelet into a mobile, which really looks more like Jacob's Ladder. Or, they can pull a Houdini and use one hand to tie a knot in the shaped wristband. The possibilities are endless!
Now that our kids are so technically savvy, you can find out how to do tricks right on YouTube. Just visit their site, and do a search on tricks. You'll be shocked at how skilled some of these kids are. Hey, we all want a low-tech toy that boosts our children's creativity. Who could ask for anything more?
5. The Kids Started the Trend on Facebook
Marketing directors pay attention: Silly Bandz are destined to go down in history as the first huge fad to be advertised primarily through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube, as well as email. There was no paid advertising involved!
In this case, the company didn't sell their product, their customers did. By tweeting on Twitter, posting pictures on Facebook, and creating videos on YouTube, the kids have taken the world by storm and created a viral marketing strategy. By simply showing off their collection, these kids have achieved more success than most advertising agencies will ever see.
6. They Used to Be Impossible to Find
Luckily, Silly Bandz are no longer impossible to find (unless you are looking for one of the rare ones, like the Emergency 911 set). For almost a year, finding a package of these stretchy silicone wristbands was nearly impossible. I visited numerous stores, including specialized gift stores, Hallmark, Office Depot, Learning Express, AC Moore, and everywhere that they each recommended. Finally, I found them at Walgreens and Amazon.
Thank goodnesss, these silicone bracelets are much easier to find now. However, if you are looking for a rare set, you may want to buy the package of Silly Bandz right away. You may not get another chance to see the rare ones.
This trend is much like the Beanie Babies craze in the past. But the harder they are to find, the more excited people become about them.
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7. Silly Bandz are Banned
Many schools across the country have implemente a Silly Bandz ban. If you live in Florida, Massachussetts, New York, North Carolina, or Texas, you may be surprised. Teachers and administrators claim that they are distracting students from their studies, and even causing arguments and fights at school. They seem to think that kids are playing with their animal bracelets instead of doing their work. Some schools are worried about the toys cutting off the circulation in children's arms---Okay, I'll give them that one!
However, I think this ban is ridiculous! (Well, except for the cutting off circulation reason.) We finally have a low cost, technology free activity for kids to enjoy, and they are loving it. Let's face it, these same kids would be fighting over tennis shoes or texting on their cell phones if they didn't have their animal rubber bands. It's crazy to have the Silly Bandz banned from school.
8. These Animal Bracelets are a Bargain
When your child comes home pleading for a set of Silly Bandz, it will be impossible to say no. "They only cost about $5," she will say. And that will sound perfectly reasonable to you, since you probably just spent $50 for a pair of jeans.
The best part is that name brands don't matter. The kids aren't looking to fit into the same expensive formula that is usually required by the fashion police. Different is better. And very different is a whole lot better, because the more rare the animal bracelets, the more valuable the trade. So go ahead and buy a different brand. Zanybandz, Stretchy Shapes, and Goofy Bands are equally valuable.
To make the most out of their silicone bracelet collection, your children will start scouring the stores for various packs. The packs are divided into categories based on themes. For example, you can buy a basic pack or packs focusing different shapes, like the zoo, baseball, spring pack, sports, bugs, bees, the rainforest, pets, the beach, dinosaurs, cars, western items / old west, Noahs Ark, Hollywood, mystical dragons, jungle pack, Christian, Christmas, pirates, camp items, rock bands, the alphabet, dogs, sea creatures, and princess items.
The newer bands feature special qualities, such as the ability to change colors or glow in the dark. The glitter wristbands are also very popular.
Five dollars, huh? Sounds like a deal to me!
Where to Buy Silly Bandz
As I mentioned before, there is a good chance that the Silly Bandz and Zany Bandz will be sold out, but you should give it a try. It's a cheap way to entertain your kids!
When shopping, remember that you'll want to visit several different stores. Even if the store has several packages of the animal bracelets, variety is the key to this trend. Purchasing several different packs will increase the change of finding a rare rubber band.
Here are some stores that are known to carry Silly Bandz, or another brand of the animal rubber bands:
- Many online retailers
- AC Moore
- As Seen on TV stores
- Amazon (I've been told this has bigger lots)
- Big Lots
- Build a Bear
- Dollar General
- Dollar Tree
- Learning Express
- Shop Rite
- Sporting Goods stores (Dick's, The Sports Authority, etc.)
- Target (I have not seen them here personally)
It may surprise you to know that Silly Bandz can be dangerous with misuse. Of course, these bracelets are not designed for children three years of age or younger, as these kids could potentially choke.
However, there is another concern with Silly Bandz. In some places, the Silly Bandz are banned because of injuries. Some children are wearing bracelets that are too small, or they are wearing too many bracelets on one arm. When the Silly Bandz stack up on your wrist, they may cut off circulation, causing injuries to the viens in your hands.
Make sure that your children's bracelets are not too tight. Also, make sure that they take them off before going to bed, to lessen the danger during sleep. Be very careful if your child's hand falls asleep, or if it seems to have poor circulation. If you experience any of these symptoms, remove the bracelets immediately. Contact a doctor if necessary.
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