Thought I would share some really fun gifts Ellie got for her birthday that I could not recommend more for the 8 and up crowd. She actually received two of the rainbow looms and had the option of returning one and she decided against it because she has had so much fun making them. They are little bracelets you can make using rubber bands. She has been making all her friends one and even I wear one now. The other one is a bracelet kit maker using string. It has these wheels in them that makes it easy to do and even I who missed the friendship bracelet craze the first time around finds it so fun to do.