PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Silly Bandz. Crazy Bands. There are different brand names, but children simply refer to them as silly bands. They come in different shapes and colors, and some even glow in the dark.
They are basically silicone or rubber bands that have been formed into various shapes. And silly bands have got the fans. Children, especially elementary and middle school students, collect them.
Kids load up their arms with them like rubber bracelets. Children trade them too, just like baseball cards.
"Some people like the monkeys. They trade five or six silly bands for one monkey. Any big animals are the best for trading," said Sara Anthony, an 11-year-old at PVPV-Rawlings Elementary.
Some schools have had to come up with a list of rules surrounding silly bands. At PVPV-Rawlings, children cannot trade them or fling them at each other.
Principal Kathleen Furness said she really likes the bands and would like to get them in the shape of the school mascot. Parents seem to like the trendy silly bands. Ginamarie Anthony, Sara's mother, called them 'wholesome and fun.'
The bands are also pretty inexpensive. They cost a few bucks for a pack of bands.
"Within days they were everywhere. It was like that bad weed in your garden. It just kept going and it's still going!" said Anthony.
Many retailers said they have trouble keeping silly bands on the store shelves because they are so popular with kids.
"You can also get on a list at your favorite stores. You can tell them you have to have whatever, the disco bands, those are new. They'll put your name on a list and call you when they come," said Anthony.
It's definitely not a stretch to say these silly bands are hot -- no matter what the shape.
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