The Fidget Spinner was certainly a fidget toy phenomenon of 2017, but Trainers Warehouse has been focusing on finger fiddles and fidgets for over 20 years. Unfortunately, the Fidget Spinner is too distracting to be an ideal tool for true fidgeters and classroom or meeting use. However, the good news is that several fidget toys do meet all five criteria for a Fantastic Finger Fidget. Here’s what it takes to get on our Fantastic Fidget list:
If a fidget toy is too engrossing, you miss the benefit of occupying only “floating attention.” Items that feel like a puzzle, move super fast, or are particularly eye-grabbing, may capture your attention, but these are not ideal Fidget Toys.
Fidget Toys should not draw the attention of others in the room. While repetitive clicking noises may not bother fidgeters, they can be extremely distracting to others in the room. Seek out Fidget Toys that are silent or relatively quite.
Repetitive motion is the whole reason to use a Fidget Toy. Stay away from fidget toys that are likely to break, pop, fall apart, or get really dirty.
Fidgeters may like to twist, twirl, squeeze, rub, press, rotate, swivel, click. Even a worry stone, which may be nothing more than a rock, can invite interesting movements of the fingers or hand. If you need a free hand, one-handed fidget toys may be best. For others, a two-handed toy could stimulate both the right and left sides of the brain.
Most are drawn to smooth or even rubbery surfaces. Fidgets that are sticky, gooey, or smelly (yes, they do exist), are less appealing to all but a few.
To meet these Five Fantastic Fidget Criteria, we’ve developed a handful of new fidget toys:
In the photograph, Amelia Jantz, Raheem Ahmed, Yousuf Mohiuddin and Giavanna May from The Wheatlands Elementary School share their favorite fidget toys.