Doing my research again, for my grandkids, and I came across the Rainbow Loom. Now if you look on the wrist of my grandkids at any given time, chances are you will find a bracelet or hair band or rubber band. So when I heard about the Rainbow Loom, I knew I had found a goldmine for a perfect Christmas present. And for a price under $20!
The loom uses special rubber bands that are latex-free and BPA-free. Even though they are manufactured in China, they have been tested and meet the US CPSIA and California Proposition 65 toy safety standards.
The ages for the Rainbow Loom are 8+, however with a little assistance kids even as young as 6 can soon be making their own bracelets. There are more advance techniques and patterns for the older kids, with lots of Youtube videos for instruction.
They even sell bags of 1000s of rubberband refills, very inexpensively so that your kids can have plenty to choose from when making their creations!