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How bad are Bunchems?

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ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 12:21:42

I'm looking after my nieces tomorrow (2 and 4 yrs) and as a treat I bought them a sort of art/craft toy called Bunchems. It consists of coloured plastic balls that connect together to make different shapes or models or they can stick to a board to make a picture.

I thought it would be a fun toy, they love that sort of thing.

Feeling all pleased with what a great auntie I am grin I mentioned it to my neighbour. She recolied in horror, saying Bunchems are awful and told me children are getting them tangled in their hair.

A quick look on BuzzFeed revealed an article criticising the toy for this reason. I'm not sure if this is the media hyping up the problem or if this toy will be a nightmare?
They both have long hair sad

Would it be unreasonable to give them The Bunchems to play with? I thought they just stuck together like Velcro.
I don't want our fun day to turn into a hair disaster.

StealthPolarBear Tue 12-Jun-18 12:23:19

Just stop them throwing them at each other grin I speak from experience

EduCated Tue 12-Jun-18 12:23:57

Honestly, I’d swerve at that age. They really do get stuck! Possibly if you were supervising and hair tied up etc.

Hoppinggreen Tue 12-Jun-18 12:25:56

Fine, but shave the kids heads first

KellyBailey Tue 12-Jun-18 12:26:00

Get to the pound shop and get a couple of shower caps bought, job done.

halcyondays Tue 12-Jun-18 12:26:27

I don't think I'd give them to a 2 year old. Maybe for older children.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 12:28:57

I was thinking damage limitation- tying hair up and supervising so perhaps I won't give it to them to take home as planned. That sounds like a pain in the arse for my sister!

This is disappointing I must say. I can imagine the 2 year old throwing them at my head. She's lovely but does get quite over exuberant confused

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 12:30:50

Shave the kids hair first grin
I might have to spend the afternoon wearing a shower cap then.
What a stupid toy to have on the market.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 12:34:20

This is the picture I saw online that's made me nervous. shock

madmomma Tue 12-Jun-18 12:37:06

Shower caps are a great idea! My 6 yr old loves bunchems and we've never had any tangles but I guess she's older.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 12:50:58

I suppose some children have put them in their hair on purpose not realising they'll be stuck forever .

I mean this was no accident, I'm sure he wasn't smiling when it came to taking that Bunchem beard off.

I think I'm too worried about this to enjoy playing it with them. My sister will not be happy if I return them with no hair.

Singlebutmarried Tue 12-Jun-18 13:00:47

Got them for our 6yo. The Elsa head doll thing, many horses, toys with hair all bit the dust due to these things. They keep multiplying and appearing in the washing machine too.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 13:03:40

Oh Lord. They have lots of dolls and My Little Ponies. I'm sorry your house is infested now Single shock

lou1221 Tue 12-Jun-18 13:03:44

a friend of mine had to cut sp much of her child's hair, as she got them tangled in it.

unintentionalthreadkiller Tue 12-Jun-18 13:05:53

My kids got given a set and while they loved them they did tangled in the dolls hair, soft toys and one got in their hair - I had to cut it out. They went in the bin after that!

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 13:07:04

Ah fuck. I was hoping people would say their children have all been fine.
I've basically bought them the worst toy in the shop.

theboud Tue 12-Jun-18 13:07:32

My sister will not be happy if I return them with no hair

This made me laugh out loud! Sorry, I have nothing helpful to add. Never heard of these things, they sound bloody awful. I’d get some play-do from Home Bargains, less hassle.

CloudCaptain Tue 12-Jun-18 13:07:54

Also, think of the environmental impact? (sorry to be that person).
I don't think they're suitable for a 2yo.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Tue 12-Jun-18 13:12:18

Well fair point Captain if these are going to landfill then they will be getting stuck in animal's fur I would think.

The box does say Keep away from Hair in small letters on the back.

Neverhot Tue 12-Jun-18 13:20:29

Every time my girls go to their cousins (boys) house they get the bunchems out. Every time they get tangled in their hair, one time very similar to the pic you posted. They are horrific to get out and we ended up having to cut a lot of their hair out. Mine are 5 and 6.

TopBitchoftheWitches Tue 12-Jun-18 13:22:40

I had to cut these out of dd's 2 hair, then they got banned from our house.

SmashedMug Tue 12-Jun-18 13:24:39

We haven't got them tangled yet but after reading this thread I'm getting nervous! They might disappear.

PivotPivotPIVOTTT Tue 12-Jun-18 13:29:35

My 6 year old has been asking for these. After reading this thread I've decided there's no chance! She has long curly hair which always ends up with all sorts tangled in it. These Bunchems would be like magnets to her hairshock

squidgesquodge Tue 12-Jun-18 13:30:16

DD has some for her 5th birthday and we've never had an issue and she has long, thick, wavy hair.

catburgers Tue 12-Jun-18 13:42:44

bunchems along with slime, orbeez/aqua beads and kinetic sand are banned items in my house.

They are a fucking nightmare to get out of any hair thats longer than a grade 3.

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