Interplay Paracord Survival Wristband Review

paracordThis month we are reviewing Interplay’s Paracord Survival Wristbands, part of their Fab Lab range.

These are recommended for children aged eight and over, so this activity was something Louis and I did one night after Rowan had gone to bed. Louis turns eight in two weeks and I would be inclined to agree that he would struggle with this if he was much younger.

The contents are brightly coloured, well made and ergonomically designed for younger hands. They include:

• 14.4 Metres of Paracord in 6 Colours
•  2 Whistle Clasps
• 1 Metal Shackle Clasp
• 1 Carabiner Clasp
• 1 Plastic Clasp
• 1 Slide Compass
• 1 Stick of Chalk In Bag (TBC)
• 8m Roll of Tape
• 12 Page Instruction Booklet
and are provided in a resealable bag – hallelujah!

paracord contents

This isn’t an activity that can be done in five minutes. It’s a great way to encourage concentration and logical thinking as you work your way through the simple instructions within the booklet provided. I’d say the most simple way to make a band would take around half an hour from start to finish, with the more complex ones obviously requiring more time and concentration.

The instructions are very clear and Louis had no problem following them. They are both written and illustrated, though I found the illustrations to be the best guide.

Paracord instructions

This is a great activity for a rainy day or maybe before bedtime when kids are winding down a bit, and it’s fantastic to see the satisfaction on your child’s face when they complete their first wrist band.

The Fab Lab Paracord Survival Wrist Band kit retails at £9.99, which I think is a fair price. It includes enough to make 5 wrist bands and if all the contents are used it would provide a good few hours of entertainment.

finished paracord

You can find this kit, and many other Fab Lab kits, on sale at Interplayuk.com or check out our previous Interplay reviews here.

So now you know how great we think the Paracord kit is, why not try and win one for yourself? Entry is very easy and you could win a kit of your own in time for Christmas.

Paracords

121 Comments

  1. helen battle

    I used to love making Daisy Chains

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  2. Pearl Davison

    Puddle water tea!

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  3. iain maciver

    lego toys

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  4. Tina M Holmes

    my daughter is monster high mad and my son minecraft

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  5. chloe brill

    Great comp

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  6. kim neville

    I liked making rugs

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  7. cheryl hadfield

    Rose petal perfume was my favourite, I used to set up a stall in our front garden lol

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  8. laura banks

    i was always making daisy chains as we had loads in the garden

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  9. ashleigh allan

    daisy chains all the time!

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  10. janine atkin

    daisy chains and mud pies

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  11. nuala rees

    Daisy chains

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  12. Laura F

    I used to make mud pies and rose perfume.

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  13. Sally Collingwood

    Yes I made daisy chains

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  14. aaron broad

    I used to make daisy chains

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  15. Guy Hunt

    Radios

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  16. Samantha Loughlin

    Daisy chains

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  17. Angela treadway

    Daisy chains x

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  18. Emily Hutchinson

    Perfume out of blossom petals. We sold it to the neighbours, bought bottles of pop with the proceeds, drank it and used the empties for more perfume!

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  19. Sarah Rees

    Mud pies with worms in 😉

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  20. Robin

    A very big mess

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  21. Soph H

    Daisy chains, daisy caterpillars and perfume from random bits of leaves and petals

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  22. caroline walliss

    I always made daisy chains.x

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  23. clair downham

    i tried making perfumes and nettle shampoo!

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  24. tracey ryder

    i made perfumes

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  25. Anne-Marie Wigley

    A mess if you ask my mum lol!!

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  26. Rowena Wood

    Pom pom animals!

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  27. Fay Smith

    I remember me and my sister tried making perfume using flowers and shampoo…… It didn’t quite work though lol

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  28. adam

    I love nature!

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  29. abigail edkins

    i used to make birds nest out of the long grass…convinced myself the birds used them

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  30. lynnheath@ymail.com

    According to my mum, A bloody mess!!!!! Me and my sisters loved making daisy chains and sandcastle in our sandpit!

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  31. nicola clarkson

    Daisy chains on the school fields

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  32. Monica Gilbert

    I made tons of things as a child, especially drawings. I sometimes tried to dig up clay from the back yard to make bowls from. But I didn’t realize just how many stones would be in it.

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  33. Ollie R

    I used to make rose petal perfume.

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  34. helen tovell

    daisy chains and mud pies

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  35. sarah rees

    I used to make friendship bracelets and do cross stitch

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  36. laura stewart

    i use to make thing with Aqua beads xx

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  37. Sean Downer

    I made rop swings

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  38. Irene Gilmour

    mud pies

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  39. kayleigh Bates

    I made them all ahaha x

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  40. Brenda Wilkes

    Rose perfume

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  41. jodie harvey

    i used to draw a lot and do cross stitch from around 8

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  42. katrina walsh

    as soon as I could knit I made everyone scarves – whether they wanted them or not lol

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  43. sharon martin

    daisy chains

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  44. corinne Peat

    I made friendship bracelets

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  45. Jessica Powell

    We used to make perfume then gift it to the neighbours… I’m sure they were thrilled!

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  46. leanne weir

    I used to make daisy chains

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  47. Pam Francis Gregory

    I made mud pies!

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  48. John Myers

    Daisy Chains on the school field. Made them when I was 6 for one of my girl school crushes.

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  49. Mark K

    Plaster of paris ninja turtles

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  50. Helen Humphries

    I actually made “paint” out of different coloured flower petals, sweet peas I seem to remember. It worked pretty well but faded quickly.

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  51. sarah clegg

    i loved making Daisy chains and using my flower press 🙂

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  52. Julie Quarterman

    I use to make rose perfume. I would crush the rose petals and add some water. I would then make my Mummy wear it. She always said it smelt lovely.. but she wasn’t a very good liar! 😉

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  53. Hazel Lemar

    Those woollen pompoms made by winding wool around a ‘polo mint’ shaped card then cutting and tying in the middle. If you used a mix of different coloured wool then you had a ‘far out’ pompom!

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  54. Sam Goodwin

    I used to draw or make things i’d seen on art attack!!

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  55. kimberley ryan

    Daisy chains, and butter cup chains every chance I got 🙂

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  56. Nicola McC

    I made all sorts as a child! I have very active imagination and would commandeer cereal boxes and yoghurt tubs and all sorts to make into houses and pirate ships and spaceships!

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  57. Gill

    Daisy chains and mud pies!

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  58. Lynda S

    Daisy chains and perfume from rose petals, bringing back all the childhood memories 🙂

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  59. Liam Bishop

    I use to make paper mache hills for my army men!

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  60. Andrew Hindley

    Meccano

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  61. Megan Kinsey

    Magic potions from twigs and leaves and mud!

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  62. Val Pownall

    Rose petal perfume was a must! Which is what it usually smelt of! 😀

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  63. ESME MCCRUBB

    MUD PIES

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  64. Mark E

    Paper Airplanes

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  65. claire woods

    Daisy chains

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  66. Arunah

    Ok

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  67. Kay Panayi

    Daisy chains

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  68. Jon Sellers

    Model planes, took ages but it was worth it. Still do now and then

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  69. Julie Ward

    Daisy chains and rose perfume. Used to catch tadpoles hoping they would turn into frogs, cruel when I think because they were kept in a bucket

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  70. Solange

    Daisy chains

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  71. Sarah Parker

    daisy chains 🙂

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  72. Sarah Parker

    daisy chains 🙂

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  73. Tammy Tudor

    All of those! Fond memories 🙂

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  74. Max Power

    Forts, always made lots of forts

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  75. Rachel Butterworth

    Pom poms

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  76. Jaelin Farrow

    I used to make things from Art Attack with my Grandad, one of my favourites being a styrofoam pterodactyl 🙂

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  77. STACY SORRELL

    haha i have fond memories of mud pies, perfume and daisy chains. 🙂 i would always make perfume with Buttercups, and water 🙂

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  78. betony bennett

    Haha! We used to make all those things you said, plus daisy caterpillars, stick boats, grass cutting mazes, hay bale dens and friendship bracelets 😀

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  79. Kirsty Woods

    Mud pies

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  80. stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com

    Everything that you’ve mentioned plus, I used to make villages out of mud, gravel and stones for any insects I found.

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  81. Gillian Hale

    Made daisy chains but I remember having a candle making kit as a child

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  82. michelle speight

    daisy chains n slapdab (mud pies)

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  83. cheryl lovell

    I used to make perfume out of petals….it really did smell vile!

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  84. Scott Fallon

    Lego towers

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  85. Theresaparker

    Mud pies!!!

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  86. lyndsey

    loved making perfume made out of rose petals,leaves and grass

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  87. donna l jones

    l made daisy chains

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  88. Rachel White

    I liked making insect houses & finger knitting

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  89. Amy Jane Beckett

    I was a daisy chain kind of girl.

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  90. Rich Tyler

    Paper Airplanes 🙂

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  91. Joanna Rubies

    I made near scentless rose perfume.

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  92. Ruth Worthington

    Better than loom bands 🙂

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  93. Nicola Tayler

    Daisy chains and perfume out of rose petals

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  94. Holly S

    Pom poms 🙂

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  95. Stevie

    We used to make foam glider planes we’d buy from the newsagent.

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  96. Leah Jones

    mud pies and lavender water perfume (Yuk!)

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  97. Rebecca Howells#

    Daisy chain necklaces, bracelets, crowns! (@PeanutHog)

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  98. gemma nisbet

    I made ladybird cities in icecream tubs.

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  99. Chris Fletcher

    I used to make potions and bases

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  100. Kerry Smith

    I did French knitting with doll called knitting Nancy

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  101. Purmala Shrestha

    I liked to pretend to make recipes out of lots of plants from the garden, but my brother would never eat it!

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  102. ellie spider

    We used to make daisy chains, our own perfume (from flowers stolen from my mum and nieghbours gardens), dens out of old crates and sheets, elastic band guns and all sorts of random stuff out of whatever we could find 🙂

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  103. claire little

    daisy chains

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  104. Charmian Filewood

    Daisy chains…well actually daisy skipping ropes lol

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  105. Paula Phillips

    I used to make perfume out of rose petals and mud pies.

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  106. Kristy Brown

    I made nasty Rose Leaf perfume

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  107. Gina Gould

    I loved sitting in the grass making daisy chain bracelets!

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  108. Stephen Little

    Mud pies!

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  109. Nancy Bradford

    I’m afraid it was mainly mud pies with my brother. My family wasn’t too creative.

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  110. Minnie15

    Witches potions!! 🙂 x

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  111. Barbara Handley

    I remember making rose perfume that would have better been described as stinky.

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  112. Tamsin Dean

    things like mud pies

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  113. lia sturman

    Mud pies 🙂

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  114. Monika S

    all of it

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  115. Kim Styles

    I love creative activities that take some thinking and concentration – an excellent prize

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  116. lnice@hotmail.co.uk

    Mud pies

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  117. Susan B

    Yes, we sat in the garden and made daisy chains and buttercup chains. Those were the days!

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  118. jackierushton103@hotmail.com

    I used to make greetings cards using pressed leaves and flowers

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  119. AnnaH

    Rose perfume … then coloured it with ground up chalk!

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  120. Natalie Crossan

    I made daisy chains

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  121. Victoria Prince

    Probably all of the above! Though I particularly remember sitting on the bank at school making daisy chains during playtime!

    Ooh and friendship bracelets – they were a massive thing when I was a child

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