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.

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.

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.

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.