BamBams' Reflective Slap Bracelet
Incredibly popular in schools through the '80s and early '90s, but if you're unfamiliar, a slap bracelet is a roughly ruler-sized item that is straight until it's "slapped" across a user's wrist, causing it to coil around like a bracelet.
Why It's Great: "[It's] like adding special kung-fu chopping action to a basic action figure," said Jeff Allen, marketing manager for BamBams, Lorton, Va., in regards to the bracelet's slap feature. He also pointed out that the item's larger and more detail-friendly imprint area makes it a good alternative to conventional silicone awareness bracelets.
A Fun Way to Play: Tween or school spirit promotions would seem like the obvious choice, but don't forget that the generation that grew up with and loved these toys is now in the workforce, making these bracelets a viable choice for a workplace stress reliever. (866) 913-4463
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Zenith Promotions' Woven Rainbow Jump Rope
Not just for recess anymore, the Rainbow Jump Rope is as classic as it is versatile, crossing gender lines through school fitness and athletic programs.
Why It's Great: Maria LaFichi, executive vice president for Zenith Promotions, Lawrence, N.Y., pointed out how the toy can reach kids who are disinterested in conventional sports like baseball or basketball, adding that some schools have jumping rope as an official sport.
A Fun Way To Play: The Rainbow Jump Rope's origin provides a good example. LaFichi mentioned how she heard about fruit and vegetable distributors handing out jump-ropes at schools to encourage children to be healthier. "I modeled the rope colors after fruits and vegetables for that tie-in," she said. (516) 371-2727
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Specialty Line's Decoder Rings