these links were bought from oriental trading. there were so many in a set that a friend and i went in on them together...afterall, what kid needs 500 of these things?!? i busted them out this morning for the first time and the boys LOVED them! they made bracelets (or silly bands as they called them), necklaces, snakes, etc. i had to make them clean them up! i challenged o by asking him to make specific necklaces ->this just added to the fun for him! he even told me, "next time i'm going to make an all blue one for daddy!" anyways, great & inexpensive manipulative toy! to see them at oriental, click here!