I’m not against fidget spinners. My kids have them. I think they’ve been hugely helpful, especially for one of my children who has trouble focusing and sitting still at school. We love them. (This article does a pretty good job of explaining why we like them.)
But there are times when they’re not allowed. Or when it might be helpful to have a less distracting alternative. You might want to try one or two of these instead to see how they work for you and your kids. Besides, it’s always fun to change things up a bit!
Fidget Cubes — we have a few of these and they’re great. My kids keep them in their pocket, and they can flip switches and toggle things and rub the bumpy parts while still getting their work done. I find they’re less noisy than the spinners, and they’re still effective while they’re in pockets…you don’t need the space to spin it or anything.
DoGo Putty — another great quiet toy. Probably a little harder to use at school, but if you’re out with kids at a restaurant, or traveling, or have a calm down space at home, it can be a good calming tool to use.
Handee Band Brain Breaks for Kids — such a good one for brain breaks! My kids can’t sit down and do all their homework at once when they get home. We do it in 5-10 min (longer for older kids) segments, and then they take a break to run around. This is a great tool to use during that break, and while we don’t homeschool, I’m thinking it would be great for that, too.
Hand Bendeez — another good fidget to keep in pockets for kids to use at school
Spiky Sensory Ring — it feels good and it looks pretty cool, too!
Fidget Ball — it looks ginormous in this picture, but this fidget ball is 1-inch in diameter. Another good one to keep in pockets at school or other places. The rings slide and loop around.
Smooth stones — yep, just plain smooth stones. They feel good, and they’re a good calm down tool as well.
Do your kids have fidget spinners? I’d love to know how you manage fidgets in your house.