We were late to get into the Rainbow Loom craze in our house. The thought that either of my boys would be interested in making bracelets out of tiny, multicoloured rubber bands never crossed my mind until one day in late fall, when I saw a tweet from fellow blogger Jeni Marinucci declaring enthusiastically how much her nine year old son was enjoying Rainbow Looming. I asked Will if he wanted to try it, and he said he did, so I went out and bought a couple of bags of the little elastics as a trial. We watched a few YouTube videos that showed us how to make some of the easier bracelets using just our fingers or two pencils, and when Will realized how much fun that was, he asked for the Rainbow Loom itself for Christmas so he could commit to the craft more fully.
I know many children who quickly learned to make a basic bracelet style or two on the loom and have since been content to continue making those same bracelets, simply using different combinations of colours to get something new each time. Will is not one of those children. Over the past several weeks, he has been confidently working his way through the fifty-one unique and increasingly intricate designs on the Rainbow Loom website, with the same kind of fervent passion he devotes to anything new and challenging that fascinates him. With the help of Suzanne's step-by-step video tutorials, Will is on his way to becoming as much of a Rainbow Loom expert as she is.
Sometimes I want to curse Suzanne for posting her happy little instructional videos from afar, and then being conspicuously absent when my young perfectionist makes a mistake and is reduced to a pile of frustrated tears with a mess of separated rubber bands scattered in front of him. (Where are you NOW, Suzanne?) Mostly, though, I just want to hug her for helping me so completely occupy my creative boy who is happiest when his mind and hands are busy making something wonderful to him.
Now if only Suzanne would make an instructional video with a step-by-step plan for cleaning a bedroom....