As a Magic Maker and mother of five, I have been lucky enough to witness the fidget spinner phenomenon up close and personal. Since early spring, I literally feel as if I’m drowning in a sea of these handy little gadgets as more and more are introduced onto the market.
I’ve noticed the trend started with kids who have been diagnosed with different levels of attention difficulties, as well as kids on the autism spectrum. Fidget spinners are used successfully in all sorts of therapy, and educators are hailing them as a saving grace for restless kids in the classroom.
Talking with my own gang at home, this mom has learned so much more about the dozens of spinners available, and when a particular spinner is useful (and needed) in a variety of scenarios.
At my daughter’s dance recital last week, I witnessed a handful of younger kids quietly and happily playing with spinners during each performance. No shushing from fellow parents, or being told to sit on hands…just silent spinning. I was amazed.
The favorite among kids 5-12 seems to be the fun, patterned quad spinners from Spinner Squad. These spinners are heavier than a tri-spinner and are decorated with everything from unicorns and emoijis to basketballs and blue lightening.
Another favorite I keep spotting among my 15 year old son’s friends is the metallic Ninja Spinner and its steely cousin the Claw Spinner. Completely silent and made of sturdy metal alloys, my son brought it a movie last weekend, pulling it from his pocket during a particularly tense cinematic moment. Unobtrusive and quiet, I didn’t even realize he had it until the credit started rolling. And the Ninja Spinner is shaped like an actual tool for practicing ninjas, so the kid feels like a ninja. Which he has always wanted to be but won’t admit to now that he is a teen!
Back to what I’ve observed lately regarding spinners my house and while the family is out and about:
Older teens seem to be gravitating towards light-up spinners, especially the fidget spinners with blue tooth speakers installed. No earbuds needed, music is broadcast clearly while the user spins the stress away (best for ages 12-18 in my particular opinion). My 18 year old and I saw dozens of these being used by incoming freshmen at a college orientation this summer!
If an adult friend, or even yourself, feels like a fidget spinner would be a much needed distraction from the anxiety of daily life, I would absolutely suggest a heavy, aluminum Molecule Spinner. This spinner comes in a classy black nylon carrying case and the spokes are easy to unscrew to adjust the speed and weight of your spinner. Fantastic for travel, especially for those with a fear of flying!
Hope this quick guide helps others to wade through the unfamiliar waters of the hottest toy of the year…happy spinning!
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