Silicone pink rabbits, glow in the dark dinosaurs, purple princess tiaras, and more were all the rage over 10 years ago when the Silly Bandz craze began.
Kids of all ages sported them at the peak of their popularity, and even got in trouble with teachers for playing and trading the silicone shapes in class.
Silly Bandz first came to the U.S. in 2009, when they hit the shelves in a Learning Express store in Birmingham, Alabama. By the end of the year, Silly Bandz could be found in stores along the East Coast, and by 2010 they were located in 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Silly Bandz were first created in 2002 by the Japanese design team Passkey Design, Yumiko Ohashi and Masonar Haneda. The silicone, animal-shaped bracelets were designed with the intention of promoting sustainability by discouraging people from simply throwing them out.
Originally sold under the name Animal Rubber Bands, Silly Bandz won the Best Design award at the 2003 Japanese National Competition. Prior to reaching Learning Express in 2009, they were available at The Design Store at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2005.
Today Silly Bandz are not exactly extinct, just not as easily found in stores. However, they can be found on eBay, Amazon, and even the Silly Bandz website.