Fidget Spinners: Tool or Toy?

Posted May 15, 2017

These toys have recently become extremely popular with children in the playground with them seeing who can spin their fidget spinner the fastest. Fancier ones can cost over $50.

The latest must-have toy is the fidget roller - which much like the spinner is created to ease stress and help concentration. "As long as they're introduced as a tool for tempering other distractions, they're ok".

While the toy could be helpful to some of the 6.4 million children in the US diagnosed with ADHD, it's not a proven treatment and shouldn't be given a free pass in the classroom, Schweitzer said.

The toy is still relatively new and isn't yet available on the high street but Amazon is selling them, with prices starting at just £2.99.

"We are not allowing the fidget spinners in classrooms because they have become more of a distraction than a focus tool", Crawford Middle School Principal Mike Jones said.

"If their description says specifically that this can help for ADHD, they're basically making false claims because these have not been evaluated in proper research", he says.

"Most of the ones I've seen haven't been a problem, but ... we've had a few that had to be taken away for the day", she said.

Catherine Hettinger, based in Florida, came up with the idea for these toys almost two decades ago - but to date, she hasn't made a penny off of them. However, she has a son with autism, who also owns a spinner, and has found that it helps him.

"Red, green black, you name it the kids are collecting every color", he said. "What a fidget allows some people - not all people - with ADHD to do is to focus their attention on what they want to focus on, because there's sort of a background motion that's occupying that need".

A amusing clip has been released of a dog playing with the popular children's toy called a fidget spinner.

Schools like Pritchardville haven't banned fidget spinners in their classrooms entirely.

"If they are seen in lessons they will be confiscated". Fidget spinners are pocket sized toys that are an amusing way to relieve stress, sharpen focus and for spinning competitions among friends.

I have one of those kids.

Sicard said parents at his school were understanding. As for adults' confusion about the objective of the fidget spinner - for many kids, that's probably part of its appeal. "One mum hugged me she was so pleased at the difference it had made to her child", he said. Compare that to the bubble gun, the second most purchased toy that Lambert sells.

Teachers however are less impressed with the craze, with some schools banning the spinners claiming they distract students from their work. "Out of sight, out of mind, which is how most of the kids feel toward them now".