Friday, January 14, 2011

Piggyback Bandz {Review & Giveaway}

Piggyback Bandz{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Mama Hen!}

Fortunately for me, most of the toy fads and crazes that have swept across the country haven't managed to catch my kids' attention too much. I'm sure as they get older I won't be so lucky... but for now, it's a good thing.

I have to admit that I don't really understand some of the hit items sometimes anyway. What does it do? And why is that fun?

I'm pretty sure I thought both of those questions (and a few more) the first time I saw kids getting into the silicone rubber bandz that come in various colors and shapes. I mean, sure, it's cute that when it's sitting on the table that you can see the animal's form (or food or princess or whatever)... but it's a bracelet. So when you put it on, it doesn't look like anything except a band around the wrist. What am I missing here to make this exciting?

Well, now I know. A bracelet is a bracelet... unless it is Piggyback Bandz, the next level of silicone bandz that include a perpendicular aspect that kids instantly love.

rubber bandzCurrently available in eight different themes, Piggyback Bandz combine everything that kids have already been loving about silicone bandz (their ability to be affordable, portable, traded and collected) and have taken it up a notch by adding the "stand up" feature that is nothing like the rest.
kids rubber bandz
Knowing that these were something that Big Sister E would really enjoy, the hardest part was narrowing down which of the styles she would like the most. And when I thought I finally knew... she came by and expressed her love for the Cool Rides (she is very into trucks and motorcycles) so then I had to include that design as well.

As well as the vehicles, Piggyback Bandz in Safari, Alphabet and Extra Letters arrived only a day or two later and the interest level from both Big Sister E and Little Sister B was definitely high.

silicone bandzPulling these out of the package, I thought the concept was so... simple. Instead of just making the actual bandz a particular shape, Piggyback Bandz has a second, duplicate shape attached right to it. The result is that when the bracelet is slid onto the wrist, the small shape actually stands right up - how cool!

You can wear one Piggyback Bandz or you can layer them to make a design or spell a word or your name (which was why I chose the Extra Letters)... the possibilities are endless! Best of all, they're so easy to take on and off that kids don't have any problem playing and trading these all on their own.

Since the time that these have arrived, we've laid them out and played with the adorable animals from the Safari collection...

Spelled out all sorts of things with the fun Alphabet letters...

And of course we have had a blast putting these on and off and seeing just how fun it is when the Piggyback Bandz stand on our wrists and arms.

Even though Little Sister B is slightly on the young side, she has loved these just as much as her older sister. At any given time, I'll turn and see her standing there with a serious expression while carefully putting on one band at a time (with 25 to a package, it does take her a while to make her way through all 100!) and looking something like this:

Not exactly organized enough to be able to enjoy each cute shape "piggybacking" in line next to another one, but she ends up extremely thrilled nonetheless. I have to admit that I've had a great time with these as well - it's a lot of fun to spell things out or create a mini adventure through different shapes all right on your wrist!

Retailing for $4.95 a pack, Piggyback Bandz can be found right on their website or at specialty stores across the U.S. and Canada... and I have no doubt that they're going to be showing up on little wrists near you very soon. These are a great idea for fun and everyday as well as a cute gift or creative party favor that is sure to be a hit!

And, thanks to the generosity of Fungrins, LLC (manufacturers and marketers of Piggyback Bandz), one person will be able to see their child's face light up at these innovative bracelets as well, because...

One lucky person will win their choice of four packages of
Piggyback Bandz! ARV $20!


To enter to win: Visit Piggyback Bandz and tell me which designs you would choose if you win.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

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Giveaway will end on February 4th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

A big thank you to Fungrins, LLC for providing four packages of Piggyback Bandz to review as well as four packages of choice for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Mama Hen said...

I know my daughter would like the groovy ones and the alphabet ones so she could spell her name.

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My daughter would love the Safari Alphabet, Cool Rides, and Groovy Piggyback Bandz, these things are all the rage and she loves them! Thanks so much for hosting this fun giveaway!

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Mandy W. said...

The letters would keep the girls busy for a while!

susanlanai said...

I'd choose the Cool Rides, Sealife, Safari, and Alphabets.

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If I won I would choose Glam, Sealife, Safari and Alphabet!

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i would choose glam, groovy, alphabet and saline
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My boys would love Football, Safari, Sealife, and Cool Rides!

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Marissa said...

I LOVE the alphabet...so cute and FUN too! I'm sure these are the new fad!

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I would take Cool Rides, Glam and 2 Alphabets

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Dena Page, M.Ed., CBA said...

Definitely the safari and sealife for my aspiring vet, plus alphabets and extra letters for my avid reader!

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I would choose the Glam ones!

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I would pick
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Holly said...

I would choose the groovy ones, alphabet ones and the glam ones!
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i would choose the safari design
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The four I would choose are groovy, sea life, safari and alphabet.
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i would choose - groovy, sealife, football and safari
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My nephews will go crazy for these! I like the Cool Rides, Football, safari and Glam (for me and my daughter!)

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