Have you seen these things?
There’s nothing like attending a toddler’s birthday party to open your eyes to new and ridiculous kid products.
The ridiculous product of note: Silly Bandz.
Silly Bandz are rings of rubber molded into every shape imaginable—from the letters of the alphabet to NFL team logos to Justin Bieber’s silhouette. Like their ancestors, the jelly bracelets of 80s fame, Silly Bandz are worn by the dozens and traded on playgrounds, in cafeterias, and at play dates. Apparently, their popularity spans from pre-school to high school (though I’ve heard tell that, after third grade, they can be a sign of immaturity and fashion senselessness punishable to the full extent of kid law).
My sister said her friend calls them “a waste of petroleum.”
Like a 6-year-old though, I can’t help but be jazzed by the pack that the birthday girl’s mom picked out special for me: Bicycles. There’s a cruiser, a mountain bike, a unicycle, and one of those old-timey big-wheeled bikes.
Silly Bandz also offers a “Transportation” pack that includes trains and boats, but also a car. My suggestion to the folks at Silly Bandz would be to create a trendy “Car-free Cool” pack that includes:
- Subway trains,
- Motor scooters, and
- Maybe one of those razor scooter things.
Under the auspices of promoting car-free living, I just might be sporting Silly Bandz this fashion season.