Fidget toys are a big thing especially among younger kids—fidget toys mostly. there are other forms of fidget toys such as fidget sticks, fidget cubes, but the spinner wins among kids. See…the objective of such toys were meant to help individuals with anxiety, autism and ADHD have better focus, attention, calmness and active listening. I, myself, use them! I have a fidget toy myself. It helps A LOT under anxiety. MUCH better than the stress ball. But the irony fidget toys, mostly fidget spinners are soooo distracting in the classroom! As an educator, it is ANNOYING how kids play with these things, when either I or another teacher is conducting an in class instruction! Time and place kiddos! Even if a parent or child psychologist recommended it, teaching kids when to use the toys would also be as effective!
I think fidget toys are great regardless and serve a good purpose for those living with behavioral health issues. Think of it as some form of mindfulness. I mean for example, the fidget spinner—at least in my opinion—kinda has this hypnosis thing going on. In my own experience, just spinning one of those things, just makes me forget about whatever is going through my head. But myself, I prefer the fidget cube.
For me, the fidget cube is more practical because it has 6 different features, I can fiddle with when I am too anxious and/or too restless:
- A side with 5 buttons—3 of which that click and make noise, and 2 that are silent
- A glider that’s similar to a joystick on a gaming remote.
- A toggle switch that you can flip back and forth (my least favorite feature).
- An indented impression to rub to reduce anxiety. It’s named “breathe”.
- A side with 3 gears similar to a combo lock on a briefcase and a rolling ball with build in click feature.
- A circular feature that spins around an indent to get your bearings.
Here’s how the functions look like:
I mean fidget spinners are great if you wanna distract yourself from a thought or image in your head. The thing is the fidget spinner only has one function and if not used properly it can get you distracted easily during a time you need focus and time the most. So you gotta remind yourself stop spinning at some point. Trust me it’s easy to get sidetracked with this thing. But if you wanna have something to help you deal with your antsyness, I think a fidget cube would be a better fit. I mean, you don’t need to look at it to reduce the anxiousness, but rather use your hands to feel which feature will calm your nerves.
Despite fidget toys in general becoming a fad, I am glad it has become so. I am glad a new variant of stress toys has come out in addition to the classic stress ball. Useful toys that can fit everyone’s stress/fidgety needs. For me, I never liked the stress ball. When I’m stressed, I don’t wanna squeeze something… I wanna fiddle with something. It’s like I always need to do SOMETHING, which can rather be annoying. Sometimes I find drawing and writing, when I don’t want to, but for the sake of giving my fingers something to relax and do. Then at work, I’m constantly finding myself on my phone, mostly ’cause I’m stressed and need to tap or press something. So, I’m trying to find a way to keep out of trouble (and not having to explain it’s reduce anxiety. I don’t think administrators will understand, especially since older generations think millennials like myself are always on the phone for the sake of doing so or taking selfies. *Tch* Such a stereotype. Sometimes, it’s because some of us have actual things to take care of and smartphones make it easier to accomplish them). So I say as an adult, the fidget cube is a nice a more practical and subtle form of dealing with stress.
To further understand the usefulness of the 6 functions of the fidget cube, take a look at the image below: