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We thought the Silly Bandz craze had reached its peak back in June when we found out that schools were banning the trendy plastic bracelets -- and many assumed that summer would put an end to the hoopla over Silly Bandz. Nope! Now, pools across the country are banning Bandz because they break down in chlorine and clog pool filters. And summer camps, like schools, are complaining that trading them is becoming distracting. Silly Bandz? More like contra-bandz!
Though I’m not the biggest fan of the trend, banning these bracelets from camp for being distracting begs the question: What are they distracting kids from ... playing? I always thought that having fun is what you're supposed to do at summer camp. It's where many fun fashions are born, like cutting T-shirt edges into strips, beading them and knotting the ends (okay, that dates me, doesn't it?) and making lanyard jewelry.
I say, if the kids are enjoying trading, so be it -- it's summer. My daughter comes home from camp with new Silly Bandz every day (which she actually often receives from the counselors themselves). Maybe I'm in the minority by saying this, but this is just the kind of trend that camp is about. I say, let them have them; just ask kids to take them off when they swim, to preserve the pool and all.
Are you and your kids still digging Silly Bandz? Or are you totally over them? Chime in below!