Yesterday in my Wordless Wednesday post, I featured the newest craze for tweens and teens: Silly Bandz Bracelets.
Silly Bandz Bracelets are rubber bands that come in various shapes, sizes and colors. The five I featured, ostrich, seal, dolphin, flower, and shark, in that order, are some of the more common bands. As noted in RUN DMT‘s comment, there are also “rare” bands. Rare bands are exchanged for more “common” bands; thereby making a child’s collection grow.
Schools in several states are now banning the Silly Bandz Bracelets. Although I agree they can be a distraction within the class, I do not believe that they should be banned from school altogether. Just like the Baseball or Menudo card craze of my youth, or the Pokemon phase of my teen’s younger years, Silly Bandz Bracelets fill a need for children, particularly elementary age students. They give them a sense of belonging, helping them form healthy friendships, and help teach them savings skills as well.
I believe that Silly Bandz Bracelets are a great way to teach children about money and YES savings and budgeting! How so? Well, children learn to hold onto their commodity, the Silly Bandz Bracelet, as we do with our money, to attain a greater reward, perhaps a “rare” Silly Bandz Bracelet, similar to an adult “want”, or a larger Bandz stash, similar to a savings account. These similarities are great teaching tools within the home and classroom because they use what children understand to explain simple financial concepts.
What do you think? Should Silly Bandz Bracelets be banned from schools?
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