What a Rainbow Loom Taught Me
Up until a couple of days ago, my kids had no idea about the new loom craze. They didn’t know what they were, what they did or that they ‘needed’ them. And, so, I did what any sane parent would do; I actively sought out a loom to bring into our home.
I thought it would be a wonderful activity for my girls to enjoy together, as they have been butting heads quite a lot now that Kahlei’s at school. I also thought it would help develop their fine motor skills and be a great way to entertain them over the holidays.
Unfortunately, finding a loom proved quite difficult, nowhere locally had them and mostly, assistants where I asked about them looked at me like I was quite mad.
Then, Nanna found us one and our house officially became Looming Mad.
When I opened our kit, I couldn’t read the instructions properly. My first attempt at making something was vitally flawed even though I was sure I was doing it right. I handed it over to James, who fixed my problem areas and then proceeded to curse and carry on as he tried to use the hook to do the next step.
I looked at the instructions again and thought I was going to have to hide the thing so the girls wouldn’t be so upset when they found it difficult to master, got frustrated and had a tantrum (much like the one their father was having).
Once we had finally figured it out and had a successful bracelet between us, I showed Ellie how to do it and told her that it might take a while to get and that it’s okay for things to be difficult and to keep trying. She kept checking with me that she was doing it right and, other than a few muddle ups, soon had two bracelets down.
The next day, Kahlei was keen to have a go, so I sat her down and told her the same story before quickly telling her how to do it and that I’d be back in a moment as Jasper required my help in the bathroom. I was worried that she wouldn’t have the dexterity to work in the little space or the patience or that it would just be too boring. But, when I came out she was half done and ready to be told the next part. I told her and that was it. She has now made so many I’ve lost count.
Just a few of our creations
Now, both girls are confident and able to do the whole process themselves (except when they pop off – it’s my job to fix that). They’re now thinking more about the patterns they’re creating and wanting to try new things. And I need to buy another loom so they can do it together.
I was at a point where I was thinking it had been a bad idea, but in the end both girls reminded me that they are capable of far more than I know. It’s an important lesson, one I need to keep learning and keep working on giving them the opportunities to not only show me that they can, but to show themselves.
Linking up (belatedly) with Jess for #ibot