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Fun fi dget toys to help kids focus
BY MAYA LAIDLER
Fidgets are various toys and
objects that kids and adults can
“fi dget” with. Playing with a fi dget
toy can help with stress relief, anxiety
relief and is meant to improve concentration.
They are a great tool to have
for school and academic engagement.
There is a great variety of fi dget toys,
some more distracting than others, so
make sure to think about your child
and what type of tool will help them
focus the best. Before purchasing any
fi dget toys meant to be used at school,
make sure they are allowed in your
TWIRLING DOUBLE LOOPS
With two glittering plastic barrels
that twirl around two rings, this fi dget
is small and calming. It can help build
fi nger strength and even give your
palm a soothing massage as you rotate
it with your fi ngertips or palms.
APPASH FIDGET CUBE
Each side of this 6-sided cube has a
diff erent fi dget action. You can “Click,
Glide, Flip, Breathe, Roll, Spin” with
diff erent spinners, rollers, and buttons.
This toy is great for kids who
need help concentrating and staying
focused when they need to.
This well-known game of colored
squares is a great tool to engage the
mind in activity and to use and develop
problem-solving skills. While this
is more attention-consuming than
most fi dget toys, using this as a break
between high times of concentration
can help kids relax and de-stress.
The Chew Stixx is a safe and hygienic
alternative for the kids who
bite pencils, shirts, and other objects.
It can be used as a hand fi dget and is
also chewable. It is extremely durable
and comes in many diff erent colors
and fl avors, including unfl avored.
Kids can bend this rubbery band
into any shape or design they want.
It is a silent fi dget toy that is good for
public places including the classroom.
Bending this fidget can keep their
hands busy and allows them to engage
in academic activities while doing so.
While most parents may think
that noise-inducing toys are simply
distracting, some kids may actually
gain more focus from it. Klicks can
be pulled apart and snapped together
again for some satisfying and calming
play. Fidgeting with Klicks may also
help your kid develop fi ne motor skills.
A KNEADED ERASER
This fi dget can be used practically as
an eraser as well as as a fi dget toy. Another
advantage is that the eraser will
also not be a distraction for other kids
in the class. If you have some spare
time you can also make it at home by
following along witha DIY video.
BouncyBands have been clinically
proven to help students ability to focus
while relieving stress by moving their
legs. They are great for restless kids
who oft en make noise when tapping
their feet against the desk or chair.
This fi dget is also less distracting than
those used by hand. BouncyBands are
available for desks and for chairs.
When most people think of fi dget
toys, the image that probably comes
to mind are these fidget spinners.
These widely popular fi dgets come in
a variety of colors and styles and are
used by spinning the object between
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two fi ngers. Spinners should only be
used by older kids.
ARRGH! RAINBOW STRESS
Take out all your stress on a small
squeezable ball. This rainbow-colored
stress ball is a vibrant, fun way to relieve
stress and anxiety.
Boinks are a tube of nylon mesh
with a marble inside that can be
pushed from one side to the other. This
is a simple calming toy that won’t be
too much of a distraction and can help
POP IT FIDGET TOY
Have you ever popped bubble wrap
and loved the sound/sensation of it?
This Fidget toy is similar to that of popping
bubble wrap and can be done over
and over again!
TANGLE TEXTURE BY
You can take it apart, reconstruct,
and twist it around. Like the name,
there are many diff erent textures that
make up the long and winding toy and
have just enough variety for it to be
calming and refreshing.