Petchem parents should be warned that the next US craze to hit their children, after stickers and vampires, is going to be Silly Bandz, colourful elastic wristbands which are selling at the rate of a million packs a week in the US.
Each pack contains 24 rubbery plastic bands, shaped like animals or fish or musical instruments. Celebs are wearing them, and they should be coming to Europe during August, just in time for the new school year. Expect to see children swapping and twanging each other with the bands before the summer is out. It can only be a matter of months before schools start banning them.