FIDGET TOYS – A POPULAR PHENOMENON
Fidget toys have been around for many years, but have become a true phenomenon in today’s world; yet, many know nothing about them; what they are, how they work, how they are made or how useful they can be. Fidget toys have always been used for fun, but in recent years are being used as an effective tool to help ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or help restless children as a tool to help with attention span, focus, calming and the ability to listen more effectively. Many children have difficulty sitting still and may cause interruptions in the classroom. Research shows that the movement a child does by using a fidget toy can boost their learning ability, because both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are being used. In one study, positive academic improvements were observed by students who used fidget toys.
VARIOUS FIDGET TOYS
1. The name of one of the hottest fidget toys on the market today is called the Fidget Spinner. These spinners look like a propeller, with a ball bearing in the center of a flat middle, made of metal or plastic, that allows the user to spin them for more than a minute at a time and even toss them in the air, move from finger-to-finger or from hand-to-hand. The spinners can be made of various materials: such as; ceramic, stainless steel, brass, titanium, copper, latex, plastic, etc. The cost of a Fidget Spinner can be as low as one dollar or as much as you would like to spend on high-end spinners. They are easy to make, so can even be made at home.
2. A fidget toy that has been around for awhile is called a Stress Ball. Stress balls are small balls that are made of pliable gel or clay that you hold in your hand and squeeze repeatedly. The squeezing helps relieve stress and also helps arthritic hands, to help strengthen and ease pain. They can also be used as tools in physical therapy to help in various hand ailments.
3. A Tangle fidget toy is a toy that is made of a soft, flexible material that has no beginning or end. Not only can it be used as a fidget toy, but in a variety of ways: as a puzzle, a desktop toy, a brain tool, a movable sculpture, etc. Many teachers enjoy having them as a classroom tool to promote fine motor skills and concentration.
4. Another fidget toy is called a Squigglet. This is a soft, rubbery, squishy toy that has five inch diameter rings with fingers to squeeze, pull and twist and can also be worn on a child’s wrist or ankle as a fashion statement. They can be used as a fun fidget at any time or place or used in the classroom to help with sensory stimulation and help ease anxiety in a child and are a great distraction for special needs students.
5. Fidget cubes are six-sided cubes that have clicker buttons, light switch, gears, a joystick, a rolling ball and spinning dial. Some have a clicking noise, for those who like the noise-makers. It is pocket-size, therefore; easy to carry.
The fidget toys mentioned are just some of the many toys available. Those who didn’t know about them, hopefully have an idea what they are, how they work and know that there are all kinds of fidget toys for every gender, age and anyone who wants to play, learn or have fun with one.