The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Holiday 2015

Bro Bands

Parents were excited to discover Bro Bands in our testing centers. They liked seeing a boy equivalent to what has been primarily a girl oriented craft project centered around charms and friendship bracelets. ALEX certainly went out of their way to highlight the male-ness of this kit and while it was met with wry smiles it was also understood and appreciated. The kit includes 15 colors, but the best part according to our guy testers is that some of the strings are neon while others glow in the dark. It includes a foam wheel that helps make two different styles of bracelets by weaving the string around it. The strings are quite sturdy and when they are all put together the band holds together securely. Testers felt that the step by step directions were easy to follow. Parents liked finding a product for their sons that taps into their imagination and creativity and also gives them a sense of accomplishment. They also appreciated the price point especially considering how many bands could be made with the included supplies.

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Recommended Age: 8 and Up
Price: $ 17.5

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