I’ve succumbed

By Mir
September 30, 2010

A few months ago I finally succumbed to the Silly Bands (Silly Bandz? Silly Banzzzz?) craze, much to my children’s delight. I think I posted when there was a great deal on one of those one-sale-a-day sites, and for not much money I picked up a whole mess of bands for my kids.

Awesome. Except it wasn’t, because those bands break really easily. My son gave up wearing his altogether, and my daughter carefully wears just one at a time and then it usually breaks and she gets upset. Lesson learned: Do not buy the cheap bands.

So today I was just surfing around Amazon for Buddy Bands, because it turns out that those are really hard to break. They cost more, but they also last. Plus, they come in cool shapes. So I was all set to get some dragon bands for my son and flower bands for my daughter, but then I found this 100-band mega-pack and new my stocking stuffer search was over.

Yeah, I paid $17 for rubber bands. I’m kind of ashamed. (But some of them are really cool. No, really!)


  1. We have all spent $ on dumber things. How much did people spend on bean bags shaped like different animals? All b/c they had cute tags on their ears or were “rare.” LOL

  2. You did not pay for rubber bands, you paid for smiles and peace.

    One goofy bag of those and my kids play/trade/enjoy themselves for hours. I call that an investment in parental sanity.

  3. Giving them out for halloween! Yippeeeee no candy to over eat.

  4. Ohhh, that’s a good idea Kelly! I might have to do that with some of mine – my daughter can’t wear them to school anyways.

  5. OMG. I teach 4th grade, and I can’t decide if I love or hate Silly Bandz. I like that they’re cheap enough that my students can enjoy them; I like that they make good fidget tools for kids who need that stimulation; I hate that they distract each other from learning by comparing their silly things!!! Then there’s the kid who made a slingshot from a silly band and a pencil…. never mind.

  6. These would make great treat bag stuffers for school. Too bad they are banned at my son’s school.

  7. Huge problem in my 3rd grade classroom. Huge. I finally have given the warning: if they are on your wrist, it’s ok, that’s a bracelet. Off the wrist, they are a toy, and toys are not allowed at school.

  8. Banned at my daughter’s school. I can get her the cheapo ones, because while she loves GETTING them, she rarely actually wears them!

  9. “Buddy Bands” remind me of a Saved by the Bell episode. Early 90’s television at its finest…. or something like that.

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