The Benefits of Fidget Spinners

The fidget spinner toys have been around since the early 1990s but have seen a huge jump in popularity in 2017. They are marketed as a stress relieving toy that can help adults and children who have trouble focusing and tend to ‚fidget‘ when they sit still for long periods of time. Adults and children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, autism, and anxiety are the ones who benefit most from this simple toy. The purpose of fidget spinner is to give them an easy, non-disruptive way to release their pent-up energy, and allow them to focus better.

Different Origins of Fidget Spinner

Some claim fidget spinner was first patented in 1993 by Catherine Hettinger as a ’spinning toy‘. She developed this toy as a response to seeing children throw rocks at people and wanted to give them a soothing, non-disruptive way to let out their pent up energy. A second claim is that this toy was invented in 2014 by Scott McCoskery to help with his own trouble focusing in meetings.

A Boost in Popularity of Fidget Spinner

In late December 2016, a Forbes writer posted an article calling fidget spinners the must have toy for a home or office in 2017. By March of 2017, people began posting videos of themselves doing tricks and reviewing other people doing tricks on youtube with a fidget spinner. By the time May fourth came around, fidget spinners made up the top 20 spots on Amazon and there was a spike in Google searches as well.

Fidget Spinners Arrive in Schools

School systems heard about the popularity of fidget spinners and began researching them for use in classrooms. A fidget spinner has been reported to help with focusing and paying attention in class, as well as stopping disruptions. As the popularity of the product exploded, more and more children began showing up with them. They began comparing and trading them as well as using them as a background tool to help focus.

 

Where can I buy a fidget spinner?

A fidget spinner came out of nowhere and suddenly became highly popular. In fact, it has become so hot in popularity that school is banning it. This is the biggest gadget trend of this year. It is a low-tech device that is a must-have for all kids.

Even though a fidget spinner is the latest craze, it may actually be beneficial for people. A fidget spinner is a simple gadget that spins in hand. It has an inline skate as well as ball bearings. This allows it to spin for 2 minutes or even more. Hence people use it while working, or being out with friends or even while relaxing.

A fidget spinner is loved by all as it is easy to use, quick play, inexpensive, portable as well as good fun. Its popularity has made many factories in China making smartphone cases and other accessories switching over to making fidget spinners. It remains as a top-selling product under Toys & Games on several online retail sites.

The YouTube videos that depict cool tricks with fidget spinner earning millions of views. These include keeping this gadget spinning for longer, or tossing it from one hand to other while it is spinning, balancing it on a pencil and so on. There is even an iPhone case that can double up as a fidget spinner.

It is a gadget that can help to relieve stress as well as anxiety. In this way, it can be highly useful. This is a three-spoke gadget. It has space within to hold it with a finger and the thumb. Another finger is used to flick one of these spokes that make it spin.

There are different versions of the fidget spinner. These versions decide how long it will spin on the hand or even on a table. It is reported that this gadget was invented by Catherine Hettinger. This was in 1997.

The fidget spinner is available at all big-name retailers. This includes Walmart, as well as 7-Eleven. It is one of the most popular toys on e-retailing stores. This includes Amazon that offers the widest selection. It is a highly affordable toy as it costs just a few bucks. There may be a gold design that will make it costlier. It can be made of stainless steel or plastic.

There are several brands available. But their functionality will remain the same as well as its basic frame. The main difference remains in the choice of materials. The simple plastic version will always be the cheaper option. The higher-quality materials will include stainless steel. This will push up the price but deliver a better experience too.

The differentiation lies in the length of time for which the fidget spinner spins. It is claimed that the higher-end versions will spin for longer time than the cheaper versions. But this has to be tested to know if that is the case. The fidget spinner is available offline in a range of stores too. But it tends to disappear from the shelves soon!

What is a Fidget Spinner Made Of?

The fidget spinner is made out of a variety of materials. They have a center bearing with two or three blades or prongs that come out from the center. These are made from everything from brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper, and the most basic material is plastic. The center bearing is designed as a circular pad and the prongs spin around the bearing. The bearings themselves are usually made out of ceramic, stainless steel, chrome, or mixed metals. They are built to be adjustable and this allows the person using the spinner to adjust things like spin time, noise, and vibration.

How Is A Fidget Spinner built?

The fidget spinner is the latest addictive craze (although it has actually been around since the early 90s). People use a fidget spinner to pass the time, de-stress, and concentrate. If you are one of the many people who uses this toy, you have probably been curious how it is built. Here’s how.

A typical fidget spinner has three arms with lobes on each one for your fingertips to fit into. The center of the spinner has a ball bearing that counteracts the weight of the toy as the arms spin. A ball bearing is essentially a round piece of metal or ceramic that nests between an axle and a wheel. It’s purpose is to reduce friction between the two as the wheel turns the arms of the fidget spinner and the center remains still.

If your ball bearing is a nice smooth flat surface, you will have a faster fidget spinner. The long duration of spinning is also due to the fact that the end of the arms have weights in them that balance the weight at the middle of the toy. The weights at the end allow the arms to spin faster and for a longer amount of time. Without the weights in the arms, the fidget spinner would only spin around a few times.

Most fidget spinners are made of metal or plastic. However, as the fidget spinner has become more popular, some businesses now specialize in making customizable versions. You can find fidget spinners on the market with more arms and made of premium metals or wood. Yes, they do have a real gold fidget spinner now and it will run you over $1,000.

Some are now equipped with lights to make the spinner even more fun. You may also find some that have a particular tactile sensory effect when you spin. For example, a fidget spinner may vibrate when it is spun. This has to do with the ball bearing. If the ball bearing is bigger and has a rougher surface, you will get more vibrations when you spin.

As long as people need something to fidget with, it seems like the fidget spinner is going to be around for a while.

Different Types of Fidget Spinner Options

Since their arrival and a huge boost in popularity, there has also been a leap in the different types of spinners, dice, and now cubes. As of today, there are roughly 60 different types of fidget spinners, dice, and cubes to choose from. As stated above, a spinner has two or three prongs and can be spun with adjustments to vibration and noise. A fidget cube is a plastic square with multiple buttons, spinners, clickers, and switches and offers more variety to fidget with. The last option is new and it’s a fidget dice. It’s 12 sided with clickers, spinners, rollers, switches, buttons, and different sensory surfaces to feel.

Therapeutic Properties

As we touched on earlier, the fidget spinner’s original intent was to help improve focus and reduce anxiety in adults and children with ADHD, autism, and generalized anxiety disorders. They are meant to soothe and redirect nervous energy. They help improve focus because they are meant to work as a background distraction just to give your hands something to do and keep your mind semi-occupied so you can focus in on what you’re supposed to be paying attention to. They bring back control to the adult or child. You can’t control everything around you but you can control your fidget spinner, and this brings a sense of security and calm. Spinners can strike up conversations. They are a great ice breaker because they come in all different styles, colors, and textures and people are curious about them. fidget spinners can be used to as quiet, calm visual stimulation. The individual controls the movements the spinners are predictable in which direction they’ll spin and at what speed so it calms the eyes, which calms the adult or child.

 

How to build your own fidget spinner?

Who knew the humble fidget spinner would become a national pastime these days. These little toys that twirl and spin have become so popular that some schools have banned the use of them in the classroom. Some people even consider fidget spinners to be therapeutic. Whether this is true or not, one thing for sure is that they are fun to make as well as operate. Prices for a fidget spinner can vary from cheap to expensive. The more expensive ones have become a status symbol of sorts. However, making your own fidget spinner is not very difficult. DIY fidget spinners have become a hobby of sorts for many youngsters. Some types use three bearings, others are made with four.

The most popular are the four-bearing fidget spinner, and these are the ones that resemble a propeller. A fidget spinner is not always made with skateboard bearings. Some are made with simple items like cardboard and paper. The following are a step-by-step guide to make your own fidget spinner.

1. Bearings

The first step is to get four skateboard bearings. One of the bearings should be used as the center wheel or bearing. The other three will be glued to the center bearing. When gluing them, make sure that they are located evenly on the center bearing. This is the most critical part of a fidget spinner because if it is not, then it will affect the spinning motion. When using glue be sure to use fast drying strong adhesives, like super glue.

2. Outer Coating

This the part where the fidget spinner will need to have an outer coating or covering. Some people like to use a rubber band, others will use a shoestring. If you are going to make a fidget spinner using four bearings, then a shoe string will be needed. Once the glue has dried the shoe string can be wrapped around the bearings. This part should be done in a way so that the string has contact with all four bearings. This is what gives it a flower or propeller-like appearance. This is also needed so that it will function properly.

In the above instruction guide, it is mentioned to use three bearings to be attached to one central bearing. It does not always have to be bearings for the outer part. Any object that has some weight and symmetry can be used, such as nuts that are used to tighten bolts. The crucial thing is that whatever is attached to the central bearing should have an even amount of weight, otherwise the fidget spinner will not spin properly.
Apart from bearings, you can use Lego wheels or bottle caps when making a fidget spinner out of cardboard.

 

Fidget Spinner Tricks

There are a variety of tricks you can perform with a fidget spinner.

  • The first trick is called The Convertable. You accomplish this trick by pinching the fidget spinner between your thumb and middle finger and get it spinning. Once it is spinning, slowly lift your thumb up so it’s spinning balanced on your middle finger tip.
  • The second trick is called The Change Up. To start, follow the same steps you did in The Convertable, but don’t let your thumb up. The end goal is to get the fidget spinner rotating between your thumb and middle finger before you gently toss it to your other hand. You catch it and clamp down with your thumb and middle finger the same way you previously got it spinning.
  • The final trick is called The Reverse Sonic. Grab one of the three blades between your thumb and index finger and gently toss the fidget spinner in the air, catching it between the same thumb and middle finger you originally threw it with.

This article has gone over the basics and an introduction of fidget spinners. Everything from their origins to their sudden rise in popularity to their uses as therapeutic aids and the uses in schools. A fidget spinner is a great tool to help adults and children stay focused and decrease anxiety. These spinners will be around for a long time to come.

Who invented the fidget spinner?

Fidget spinners are arguably the coolest new toys to hit the market. The little spinner with two or three blades attached to a center spins as you squeeze the core. Kids keep entertained and seem to focus better when playing with their fidget spinner. The mastermind behind the popular toy is a woman named Catherine Hettinger. Hettinger might be the inventor, but she isn’t profiting from the design at all because her patent expired in 2005. She’s just fine with that.

Oklahoma native Hettinger went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her engineering mind lead to the creation of the original fidget spinner. Hettinger thought of the toy when she heard about some kids throwing rocks at people for entertainment. She knew there had to be something to keep kids entertained so they wouldn’t get bored and get into trouble. She first thought of soft rocks, but that idea didn’t stick. Then she let her ideas lead her to creating the original fidget spinner. The kicker, this was two decades ago. The toy didn’t surge to popularity until 2017.

Hettinger brought the fidget spinner out to the public in 1993. The patent was approved four years later, but nothing happened. She sold the toys at local festivals and toy companies. Hasbro met with her, but let the toys slide. They sent her a rejection letter stating fidget spinners didn’t test well with consumers. Fidget spinners are now not only testing well with consumers, but flying off the shelves.

Hettinger created the spinners as a way to calm nerves and keep focused, but they are doing that and so much more. Different versions of the spinners are on Amazon’s top 20 best sellers of toys. They’ve even been banned in some classrooms because kids play with them more than listen. Teachers say many students would take their fidget spinner and sell or trade it for another fidget spinner. In face, the toys aren’t just for children. People of all ages have jumped on the fidget spinner bandwagon learning to do tricks with the fun little spinners instead of simply fidgeting with them. Some claim a fidget spinner works to help children with autism and ADHD to focus. There is no evidence to prove this, but some parents swear it has helped their children.

Though it’s been a few decades since Hettinger created the original fidget spinner, she’s dusting off her inventing skills. She’s been in works to sell the original fidget spinners. Her designs never actually hit the market. She is working to sell her version online. Hettinger is always absorbing the nature of her environment trying to better the world. She sees that people want to have fun and keep entertained. Her original fidget spinner as well as other inventions coming to the table soon will help do just this. She might be the creator behind the original fidget spinner, getting no money from the idea, but still happy to see millions of children entertained by her design.