Regardless of how confident you might be, everyone has fidgeted or still fidgets once in a while. Whether it’s right before the grand opening of your project, asking that special someone out on the first date, presenting the graduation speech – whatever the case may be… fidgeting is natural.
If you have ever seen someone tap pencils, twist a piece of paper or perhaps doodle during meetings, then you have witnessed the power of fidgeting in action.
While some people are really good at keeping their fidgeting in check, some others are not so good at doing the same – at least not naturally. This is where fidget spinner come in.
Just about every “trendy” middle school child today and some adults as well have added this little colorful device that has them going crazy lately to their list of “must haves” – that device is a fidget spinner!
Not only is the fidget spinner the rave of the moment on and off the internet, it is nearly replicating the hoverboard or Pokémon Go craze of 2016. While this new found toy is getting banned in some classrooms, toy stores, on the other hand, are selling out. However, unlike Pokémon Go and the hover board, this new toy is more than just a toy as history has shown it could be used as an educational tool.
Can’t wrap your head around this new toy fad? Well, that’s why we have put this article together. This article is poised to help you get with the trend. Here is all you need to know about fidget spinners.
What is a fidget spinner?
There are lots of bogus definitions that eventually miss the point of this amazing toy. Basically, the fidget spinner is a type of low profile handheld fidget toy that allows you fidget without drawing attention to yourself or making a big scene. Designed with a stable middle and a disc with 2 or 3 paddles, a fidget spinner is much like a miniature ceiling fan… only this time your hand is the motor!
For all the relaxation and satisfaction that fidget spinners supposedly offer its enthusiasts, these devices were originally developed to aid students who have certain attention disorders such as ADD. Students with ADD are said to concentrate better with the fidget spinner occupying their hands. That, however, hasn’t stopped everyone else from jumping on the fidget spinner bandwagon as manufacturers now have to come up with varieties of the fidget product. The toy now comes in just about any color and finish you can imagine as well as custom add-ons and more.
What's the fidget spinner’s appeal?
As with every toy fad, there is an appeal – there’s just that one thing that makes someone want to have more than one hover board or play color switch, candy crush or Pokémon Go endlessly. For the fidget spinner, it’s just about everything about it. Whether it is its usage, design, the array of color options and patterns it comes in and whatnot, store owners say right now, these fidget spinners are literally the hottest things they have in stock with most stores selling out multiple times due to a huge demand.
Fidget Spinners are usually made of plastic, aluminum and smooth silicone parts. To add a little touch of elegance, some stores are now stocking up LED fidget spinners and perhaps the best part is that these fidget spinners are relatively inexpensive, selling for $10 – $20 with the promise of costing even less over time. The fidget spinner rave is so infectious that videos of spinner tricks and hacks have popped up everywhere YouTube racking up millions of views since the spinners got popular.
How does a fidget spinner help children with ADHD?
While fidget spinners are comparatively new to the world’s list of must-have toys, it has however been a tool for therapists, guidance counselors and teachers for a while now.
Experts at handling attention disorders say promoting fidgeting is an effective method for managing attention regulation seeing as there is a need for constant stimulation. The fidget spinner allows certain people -- not everyone -- with ADHD focus their attention on the most important things. Fidget Spinners serve as sort of background motion that occupies the need to be distracted.
Is this new toy a small part of a larger trend?
Like most of the toy fads we mentioned earlier, these fidget spinners have come and in time, they would not be so much the rave of the moment. But it is important to note that before fidget spinners became a toy fad, they had a real, productive purpose; however, for the time being, both manufacturers and fidget product enthusiasts would milk this trend while it lasts. More and more fidget gadgets such as fidget cubes are now experiencing a skyrocket in demand.
In the end, people just need a device that they can press, flick or click to relieve nervous energy and these fidget products offer just that!