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  • Posted on August 7, 2014

    Competitions for the Kids!

    With the school summer holidays in full swing, we wanted to give away a superb collection of children's books to fill the days with fun activities, creative crafts and exciting new hobbies! So this month we have two brilliant competitions...


    For your chance to win the two brand new My First books (My First Chess Book and My First Magic Book) then simply follow us on Twitter @CICOBooks and retweet any #MyFirst tweet, telling us your kids' favourite thing to do over the summer! Three lucky winners will be announced on Wednesday 13th August (and each winner will receive a copy of both books!)

    For your chance to win the biggest book of the season, Rubber Band Bracelets, simply tag us in your loom band photos on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! Make sure you follow us so that we can find you, then we will announce five lucky winners on Wednesday 20th August! Below is a little treat project from the book, so your kids can have a go today!

    Good luck everyone and have a fantastic summer!


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  • Posted on July 28, 2014

    Kick-start the Summer Holidays with this Rainbow Loom Band Bracelet!

    Are you super happy that it's the summer and you don't have to go to school for another 6 weeks? Do you have some exciting holidays on their way or are you looking forward to days out with family and friends? We're thrilled to bits about all of that and we hope you have loads of fun stuff planned... but for those days when you're twiddling your thumbs - tempted by the X-Box or the iPad, wandering around the house or garden looking for something to do, or rifling through the cupboards on the hunt for a boredom biscuit or two - then why not pop onto our blog for some craft ideas and crazy activities! This week we're posting a project-a-day so that there are loads of bits and bobs for you to get stuck into over the next few weeks.

    Kicking it off today we have everyone's favourite trend - rubber band bracelets! Here's a brand new video tutorial showing you how to make your own rainbow coloured, double cross bracelet. If you don't fancy rainbows, then why not pick your favourite coloured loom bands and use those instead? With step-by-step instructions from the book and the hands of a beginner loomer guiding you through the steps, this project is perfect for all levels. All you'll need is a loom, a clip and some crazy coloured bands, then click on the video below to have a go!


    We have lots of other great ideas for you over this week, including some cool craft projects and a taste of cooking, so make sure you keep popping back!


    This video uses a project from the new book, Rubber Band Bracelets by Lucy Hopping, available here.


    Have a fantastic summer kids and happy looming!

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  • Posted on June 18, 2014

    Love Loom Bands?

    Earlier in the week one of our authors popped in for a visit and he was wearing a fantastic brightly coloured loom band made by his son. We all loved the bracelet and it got us super excited for the new book, Rubber Band Bracelets! Author Lucy Hopping takes you through the projects with simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and even shows you how to make your own loom. Then all you’ll need are some colourful bands, a hook and a clip, and you’ll be on your way to make tons of fantastic designs, from easy-peasy jewellery and awesome accessories to craftier bracelets and crazy key rings like these!

    So as a bit of a mid-week treat (and because we really want to learn how to make them ourselves!), we’ve got a sneak peak inside the book and one of the projects to share. So go and grab your bands kids, and make this awesome totem pole bracelet in whichever colours you’d like!

    totem pole bracelet

    This stripy bracelet looks really effective in bold and bright colors. Why not try making it in your school or favorite sports team’s colors?



    You Will Need


    47 yellow bands

    22 orange bands

    20 turquoise bands





    Set up your loom in the square format—3 pegs wide x 13 pegs long.


    1. Lay out 24 yellow bands along the two outer sides in the order shown.

    2. Lay a yellow band between pegs A and C, then make a triangle with four orange bands in the order specified. Lay another yellow band between pegs C and F, and then make another triangle with four turquoise bands.

    3. Repeat step 2 all the way up the loom, finishing with two orange bands and a final yellow band. Twist a yellow band four times around the top peg to make a cap band.

    4. Turn the loom around. Insert your hook into the bottom center peg and hook the bands over their opposing pegs in the order shown.

    5. Repeat step 4 all the way up the loom.

    6. Go back to the bottom of the loom and hook the outer yellow bands over their opposing pegs all the way up the loom in the order shown.

    7. Insert your hook into the top peg, pick up the all loops, and gently pull the bracelet off the loom.

    8. Extend the bracelet by adding ten more yellow bands with your hook.

    9. Attach a C-clip to the loops on the hook and then attach the C-clip to the loops at the start of the bracelet to complete.


    So are you crazy about loom bands? Are you excited for the new book? Rubber Band Bracelets is available on Amazon now.


    Have a great week everyone!

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