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Loom bands are like tiny rubber bands in lots of different colours. They can be stretched and woven into cool bracelets. You can buy looms bands, and plastic connectors for not very much in your local craft shop. Sometimes they come as a kit with a loom and instructions to weave different patterns. However, you can weave bracelets using just your fingers or a home-made loom if you don't have a kit.
Find out how to make five different types of loom band bracelets on this youtube video.
Getting into a hobby like loom bands is great for developing concentration, fine motor skills, expertise and confidence. Children love to share and exchange knowledge once they know how to do something, so it can be a great social activity too.
Everyday activities, like shopping and taking journeys provide a great opportunity for your child to practise maths skills by recognising patterns, counting out amounts, working out the best value, weighing and understanding money or understanding timetables and estimating your time of arrival!
Estimating is a very useful maths skill for everyday life – helping you decide if you have enough money to pay for a number of items or enough paint to paint a room. Encourage your child to estimate, for example, how many potatoes you will need for dinner or how much money to buy the shopping.
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