First it was loom bands, then it was Pokemon Go .
There’s nothing like a playground craze to drive a parent kicking and screaming to the wine cupboard.
And the bad news is – there’s a brand new one.
If you haven’t yet been asked for a fidget spinner by your adorable little monsters, then you soon will be.
We’ve scoured the interweb to bring you everything you need to know to appear cool and ‘in the know’ with your beloveds.
What is a fidget spinner
The addictive little gadgets come in a range of shapes and colours.
Originally designed as a stress-relieving tool, they have even been used to help children with additional needs such as ADHD.
They’re like little propeller-shaped gadgets with ball bearings that allow them to spin.
Kids enjoy competing to see who can come up with the best tricks or keep their gadget spinning the longest.
They can also help kids focus on daily tasks, and relieve anxiety levels.
This multi-mechanism is billed as ‘great for those that can’t quite keep still and need a fidget phenomenon to stop the strains and stresses whilst working’.
There’s also a bit of science to it and some tricks you can perform using stuff like hair dryers. Find out more about the technical design here .
Why are they everywhere RIGHT NOW?
These little spinny things are becoming more and more popular every day.
It’s easy to see why.
They fit in your pocket. They are bright and colourful, or sleek and shiny.
But above all, like the best classic playground crazes, they’re cheap.
They cost just a few pounds each – Ebay lists the critters from under a pound, Amazon from just £1.63.
You can pay basically as much or as little as you want for them. Though why you’d want one costing thousands when it’s likely to end up in the school lost property box is beyond us.
How does it work?
As the name gives away, it’s a spinning toy. You hold it between your fingers, flick it, and away it spins. If you’re lucky you might get a lighty-up version that creates a lovely light show as it twirls. Yay!
And the best thing is – it’s silent. It doesn’t drive parents insane like the thud, thud, thud of the bottle flip.
Why? What’s the point?
We can all get easily get distracted. The theory is the spinners give your ‘bored energy’ an outlet.
Just as doodling is thought to increase concentration, fidget spinners supposedly help you focus your mind.
For those with anxiety or stress, the spinners supposedly have a calming effect.
And they have even proved to help kick the odd bad habit.
Reviewers on Amazon claim it has helped their nail-biting urges.
One, who left a five star review, wrote: “I had a habit of biting my nails. Instead I can spin this and take my mind away from it.”
Who is responsible for this?
The original fidget cube was created by thefidgetcube.co They claim: “It’s not uncommon to hear fidgeting being spoken about negatively. It’s often labeled as unprofessional and deemed as anti-intellectual behavior.
But in reality, the exact opposite has been suggested to be the case.
“The way we look at fidgeting needs to change. This behavior isn’t one that should continue to be stigmatized and mocked as unbecoming or inappropriate. We are passionate about the idea that fidgeting is a process that, with the right tools and outlet, can have positive and real-life applications.”
So there you go.
Where can all this lead?
Well, once you’ve mastered the fidget spinning widget, you can move on to new shapes.
There’s the “fidget cube” – which the manufacturer also claims helps people who suffer from anxiety.
Again, these come in lots of varieties.
The ‘quirky cube’, costing £4.95, includes a glide, roll, click, rub, spin and flip section and is aimed at calming nerves and keeping you entertained.
Are they likely to be banned in school?
Well, the craze, we predict, has not yet reached its peak. But already some head teachers have had enough
All Hallows RC High School in Salford this week sent a text message to parents explaining why .
It said: “As from Wednesday 26th April fidget spinners are banned from All Hallows.
“They are a distraction to learning and can be dangerous. Any fidget spinners seen in school will be confiscated. Thank you for your support in this matter.”
This has angered kids with special needs and learning difficulties.
Parent Bernie Egan said: “I think maybe schools need to workout how to find a balance.
“Just because an item suddenly becomes a craze doesn’t necessarily mean it should lose its therapeutic value.” replied: ”
On – 27 Apr, 2017 By Debbie Jackson