Toy Review: The Rainbow Loom

Greetings Learning Expressions Readers!

This week, we’d like to introduce a kit that’s flying off the shelves at Learning Express stores around the country. It’s a kit that produces treasures so intriguing they’ve become the new medium of exchange for expressing thanks and commemorating friendships. There’s no doubt that the Rainbow Loom Kit, formerly known as the Twistz Bandz Kit, is a hit! With the kit, kids can make everything from bracelets to key chains by using rubber bands, a loom, a hand tool, and c-clips. These woven creations can be customized by color and pattern. And with some practice on the various techniques, the sky’s the limit!


What’s in the box: Rainbow Loom, a bag of c-clips, mini rainbow loom (hand tool), instruction manual, and 600 non-latex rubber bands in assorted colors (enough rubber bands for 24 Single pattern bracelets). This week, we caught up with our Rainbow Loom expert, Rachel. Rachel has wowed her local Learning Express of Alpharetta storeowners with her brilliant bracelet-weaving skills, and has invented Rainbow Loom styles all her own. We chatted with Rachel to find out how she first became interested in the Rainbow Loom, and how she ended up making a bracelet the length of her driveway!


LE: How were you introduced to the Rainbow Loom?

R: I first discovered it at my friend’s house a few months ago. My friend showed me the basics of how to use it. I thought it was cool and I went out and bought one myself that day.

LE: Had you ever done any weaving or bracelet-making before using the Rainbow Loom?

R: I used to make friendship bracelets, the embroidery thread ones.  Now I use the bandz.

LE: Bandz?

R: The Rainbow Loom used to be called Twistz Bandz.

LE: Did it take some time to figure out the techniques?

R: At first I said, “I can’t do this,” but then my friend showed me how a couple of times.  I also went on the Rainbow Loom website and they show you how to hook them, put the rubber bands on, and finish with the c-clips. They have videos and instructions you can print out.

LE: Now that you are more experienced, what types of things do you make on the loom?

R: I make different types of bracelets like really long Singles and Triples, and Tulip Towers, mini bags, and necklaces. I also made a really long Single bracelet that reached from my backyard to across the street. My favorite style to make is a Triple.

(You can learn about these different patterns here: instruction.html)

LE: Wow, that’s a long bracelet! How long did that take?

nov21-2R: I worked on it for some time each day, and it took about three days to finish.

LE: Do your friends like the Rainbow Loom?

R: It’s a really big trend. My friends were asking me where I got mine and now they’re telling me they have a loom too. All the girls in my class have them. A lot of boys have kits too. They make Singles—they ask the girls sometimes to turn the bracelets into necklaces. They also use the loom to make key chains for their lunchboxes.

LE: How often do you work on the Rainbow Loom?

R: Probably at least an hour a day. I get refills of the rubber bands every couple of weeks. You can buy individual colors. My favorite colors are aqua, green, and pink.

LE: What do you usually do with your creations?

R: Some of my friends ask me to make them bracelets, and I’m going to make bracelets as holiday gifts this year. I also take some of my designs to the Learning Express Twistz Bandz Tuesdays where I teach the kids how to make bracelets and show the staff what I’ve invented.

LE: If you had to give advice to kids just starting out with the Rainbow Loom, what would it be?

R: Don’t give up! When I first started I needed help making the bracelets, but now my friends say, “Now you’re faster than me!” If you stick with it, it’s a lot of fun. You can work on designs in the car or when you’re sitting around the house and bored.

I’m sure you can see why the Rainbow Loom is our Favorite New Find of the Season!  It’s fun, unique, and allows for endless creativity. If you have any amazing Rainbow Loom creations of your own, feel free to send them to us!



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shorey says:

Hi im very excited to go tbis friday to purchase a rainbow loom kit

bella says:

shorey i really cant wait to get the kit soon to and make a lot of braclets for my friendws!!!! :)

Fayaz says:

I’m a begginer to mknaig friendship bracelets. I got the idea when my best friend gave me one and when my sister starting doing them. This for me seems realy easy and fun to make. Haven’t made it yet but I think it’ll be amazing!

Carly says:

Hey Carly my name is Carly too a lot f my friend have rainbow looms and I am going to get thm soon great idea

Carly says:

I <3 rainbow loom

amya says:

me tow

brooke says:

I was at school and i saw these bracelets and I asked my friends where they got it and they were like learning express.And the next day I got a packet and I loved them. I’m not that fast but I’m getting the hang of it! I’m so happy I found out about these kits!

taeshaun delce says:

can you buy twistz bandz any where else besides learning express,e-bay,and amazon?

Can you get it from any store?

Tenaya says:

No, only learning express has all of the rainbow loom kits and acessories

Victoria says:

i think that is awesome that you made a bracelet across the street!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a kit to and it’s so much fun!!
i do the bracelets a couple hours a day.

emilly says:

Im so excited to get the kit on spring break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wolf says:

Soooooooo excited to get this!!!

maria says:

There are other brands of loops. Will they all work with the Rainbow Loom? I like the neon colors and the sparkley loops and even the glow in the dark ones. Will they all work on the Rainbow loom?

Tenaya says:

Yes, they should

momo says:

i love it!!

gabriella zindars says:

rainbow looms are the best hobby ever! I can do this for the rest of my life. if there was a rainbow loom job i would get it always. it s fun to have a friend who loves to make them to.

Thank You Learning Express!!!!!!!!!!

SavannaHiggins says:

how much does the kit cast

Kelly prince says:

Hey do u know if they have them in stock now?

guest101 says:

yes i just bought it sold out in stores (only in new york city)

guest101 says:

$14 something + shipping & handling

Mary Van Buren says:

My name is Maria and I have a friend that has this and I made one of these and I had fun with it. So how much does this cost?

jose torres says:

can you get rainbow loom refills at learning express of miami?

Amy Posey says:

Do they have them in stock

Nila says:

the rainbow loom is the best

Riley says:

I have it and it is totally awsome!!!

Abbi Snyder says:

I really like the bracelets that you can make with the kit but i don’t have one and i would really like to have one

jessica says:

i dont have one yet but all the people have one in my school and they look sooooooooo much fun and now im just begging my parents if i can get one and i might today yuppy:)

Danny says:

I am litterly begging my parents for the rainbow loom kit beacause a kid in my class has a lot of them and now i mite get some

guest101 says:

try behaving for a week ask to help around the house finish your homework do nice things if they still say no wait till your bday

mary gewirtz says:

my grandkids love your items. where do i get glow in the dark?

daniel says:

im going to get the kit todayy yaeeeee

jayden says:

i want to get rainbowloom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am going to get it on saterday which is tommaro

Carson says:

I ordered it in the mail and I can’t even wait four days!

Lori parks says:

How do I order one of these kits? We have looked everywhere and cannot find them. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
Lori Parks

sasha says:

can u send me one please

cj says:

i want the rainbow kit it seems fun

cj says:

i mite get one this week end yay

cj says:

i really want one bad

lorelei says:

I got one Friday and I’ve made 1000 bands already ; all trible and double

JAMES says:

can i have one for free PLEASE PLEASE

Valeria says:

My friend has it and she lets me borrow the rainbow loom kit it’s awesome

amya says:

yes they really are

Annikaloves#21 says:

Every one I my class is wearing the bracelets now so I asked my friend how 2 make them and she said use a loom I thought she ment like a potholder loom and to use elastic hair rubber bands I tried using a bent paper clip as the tool but it didnt work so I read the article above and I’m off to Bhy a rainbow loom:)

Demmi says:

I love Rainbow looms. All if my friends have them. I have one from my friend Karlie and one from a little boy

Simone says:

At first I did not know how to make a bracelet, I only knew how to make a ring. Now that I know how to do it I think it is awesome!!

Selena says:

It’s the new trend from where I am. Everyone at school has one.

kayla says:

this is the best thing ever

Alex says:

cant wait i have seen my friends wear them and going to get the kit

Alex says:


sam says:

I just got the bracelets today i like them a lot!

Lucy Lu says:

Hi, my sister got a rainbow loom and I am getting one soon. We have two boys who are my age and they live down the street. They came over one day, and when they saw it they became instantly obsessed.


Lona Parker says:

I will be pirchasing the loom and essentials for my grandaughter this weekend. Great idea.

Sophie grace williams says:

What are all of the kinds that you can make?

Madison Ann Campbell says:

There is rose and one single and double and triple and more

sandi benner says:


Madison Ann Campbell says:

I do tooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Madison Ann Campbell says:

I am getting a rainbow loom tomorrow YA YAY I. So lucky I so happy lol

Laura says:

to cool!!!!!!!!!! I <3 rainbow loom!!!!

Rebecca says:

I just got my rainbow loom today and I have already made one for my Grandma. It was red & black and she loves it.

Carly Tripler says:

i just got it a few weeks ago and all of my rubber bands are gone! i cant wait to get more! so excited!
love it

Monica says:

Is it hard to come up with designs? How do you figure them out?

Aubrey says:

What idea came to mind when creating the product “Rainbow Loom” ?

NADINE says:


sammy says:

my friend got me the mini kit thingy for my b-day…. and now I cant stop making them!!! Im gonna start saving up for the big one… and start saving up for more rubber bands :)

Lea says:

Rainbow Loom is a fun experience for me to make a be wear fashionable bracelets that I get to personalize and create myself! It is a great way to pass the time, too. Although, one of my 3 pin strips broke today, and I’m very disappointed. It could’ve been that I’ve been yanking the bracelets off too hard, but I am always very careful to do it slowly. I will buy a new pin strip, or my birthday is coming up, but I am very upset that this broke on me.

Lynn says:

What age is this appropriate for?

Rae says:

Most kids wont have to patience to do it until they are 7-8. I know adults that do it and love it!

Jacquee says:

3.99 or 2.99 it matters what colors

Ariana says:

how much are rubber band refils

Kristen says:

At The Learning Express they are $2.99 for a bag of 600 bands.

Rae says:

I went on an airplane 3 days ago and the girls behind me were doing the rainbow loom. I asked them what it was and where they got it. I have now watched SO many videos and every 10 minutes, I bug my mom about it. Hopefully, she will get tired of me talking about it and buy get me one for my birthday next month.

Kristen says:

We love the rainbow loom. My daughters, ages 11 and13, both have one. All of the girls in the neighborhood now have them too and they sit around as a group and work on their bracelets. They have spent hours doing this during the summer and it has kept them busy. I am amazed at what they have made. They watch videos on you tube that show them how to make different styles and then they teach each other. I highly recommend this product.

Colleen says:

The rainbow looms are so cool I like the starburst

Gracie says:

Hay were do i get the rainbow loom how much does it cost?
And can i order it learning exapress is a little way away from me!
Please email me back soon!

Mya says:

I am waiting for usps to send my rainbow loom i bought a few days ago

Pat Benes says:

Just purchased one for my granddaughters they Love It!!!! Hard to find the rubber bands in stock.

mulan says:

do you know how to make a fishtail loom

Jacquee says:

I love the rainbow loom ever since I got one I’ve been making them nonstop I’m going to the store today to get more colors! If there’s anyone out there that getting one and reading this I just want to say good luck and never give up! I want to thank learning express in cranberry pa for giving me great service.I make them for everyone my mom, dad ,sister ,grandma and friends.

Logan says:

I love making them with my friends. I want to buy the kit and think it will be fun!!!!! Thanks Learning Express!!!! :)

kelsey says:

You will probably get I soon

Elli says:

I what a rainbow loom so bad!

ALEX says:

me too torrow

hi says:

hi i want to buy this from you

Jenna Petracco says:

rainbow loom is very fun and exciting to do!!!!!!

Joe Carbone says:

Awesome job. You should be very proud of yourself.

Johrdyn says:

I hope it’s what I expect!

kayla says:

I’m going to try to make the hand bag Rachel made. It’s Pretty cool!!!!!!!!

kayla says:

I made a cool backpack for my dolls but it is kinda small

laksheeta says:

I would like to learn to write my name on it

mia says:

rainbow loom rocks everyone should have it

Laine says:


john says:

i just learned about them at my friends house and they are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aiden says:

I love rainbow looms

Aiden says:

It is so hard to make a mini bag

Cupcake says:

Rainbow loom rules!!!!

Cupcake says:

Rainbow loom rules!!!!

unknown says:

i love loom
I love loom

richelle says:

I’ve had a kit since the summer i’m getting a second one I love rainbow loom I can make alot of bracelets from begginer to advanced I can make a whole lot of bracelets

Zanila says:

Love rainbow loom

sarah says:

i beg you want rainbow loom

Soangie Narciso says:

i love the girl that made the rainbow loom basket!!!!!!!!!!! loviesss

froyo says:

WOW! Cant wait to get it for christmas! My mum said: “Can you make it? If you can’t, whats the use?” and in my mind i said: Omg, she might be right, but i’d rather give it a go rather to miss an opotunitie.

Ainsley Plyler says:

Hi I love rainbow loom I even made a phone case when I first started I couldn’t even make the fishtail but I got a loom and I kept practicing now I am the best loomer at my school they all want a phone case

Christian says:

Can u sell these for retail after u make them or is that against the law

Learning Express says:

Christian, you can sell your rainbow loom creations at garage sales, and you can of course barter with them. If you get very serious and are planning on selling at craft shows or selling more than $600 per year, you might need to get a federal tax id number and report your income and expenses to pay taxes. If you are selling bracelets for a charity you should ask them about their state’s laws. This is not intended as legal advice, you should check your local, state, and federal laws.

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imankhan says:

i have a loom and i love making the mustache tail cuff bracelet Ray M and his friend made a mini one so it doesnt take so longggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

Amina Symone Puller says:

I can’t wait to get the rainbow loom!!!

david says:

I love rainbow loom! like starbust zippy chane and soilar pinstripe

Emma says:

I love the rainbow loom heaps i have the bands and the s-clips I dont have the loom though. but the bands have all run out in just 1 week mum said she is going to get me the kit i cant wait, we are going to town tomorrow so i will get it then SO EXCITED

Mary Princess says:

Thx! To the creator of rainbow loom! The bracelets I made is Zippy Chain, Starburst, Fishtail, Confetti Criss Cross, and Hibiscus Bracelet. You change my whole life thank you for making the rainbow loom.

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