1. Silly Bandz. Are these popular where you are? Silly Bandz are silicone bracelets that are molded into different fun shapes such as zoo animals, sea animals, alphabets, fruits, etc. The kids collect them, wear them, stack them and trade them. Boys like them too!
(Reminds me so much of Madonna and her black jelly bracelets!)
You know if you were a child of the eighties you had some. :)
The other thing I would've never known about is:
2. Water Marbles (also known as crystal soil). I've seen them but never paid any attention to them as they are primarily used for decorative purposes in vases. They came up in conversation one day and I was told that they were all the rage with the kids. And since you buy them in the craft section of stores I HAD to go check it out!
Ben Franklin Crafts carries them but you can probably find them at just about any store that has a craft/floral section. Here's what the packaging looks like:
And here is what they look like four hours later:
Aren't they PRETTY?
The colors totally POP! One little package makes a lot, and I mean A LOT!!! Had I known that I wouldn't have opened two packages! I filled about six pasta jars full of them!
Each of the girls got a bowl full and they love to roll them around in their hands (I have to admit, it feels a bit therapeutic!) Over time the marbles will shrink back to their original size. When they do just add water to have them grow again!