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Mosman Daily - Handy band helps with tables

A MOSMAN couple has managed to make maths fun by inventing silicone wristbands with the times tables.

Michael and Landy Randall own Handband, a company that makes and sells customised silicone wristbands.

They started the company in 2005 and have created several different versions of the wristbands, including the Mediband, which provides the bearer’s medical information such as allergies or blood type in case of emergencies, customised promotional bands and silicone digital watches.

The idea for the times table band came up late last year.

The bands, particularly the colourful ones that glow in the dark, had proved popular with children and the couple tried to devise ways to also make it educational.

“We were just talking about ideas and said ‘oh, we could probably fit the multiplication times table (on the bands)’,” Ms Randall said.

The pack comes with 12 bands with one times table on each, and the idea is to give the child one band to learn at a time.

The 11 times table band is silver, and the 12th band is in gold.

“The aim is to get the child to learn each times table before they get the next band, and aim for the gold,” Mr Randall said.

The bands are on sale at Counting Sheep Corner cafe at Mosman and online. Details: handband.com.au

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