Fidget Spinner Frenzy

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Ahhhh!!! It is a Fidget Frenzy!

About 3 weeks ago I had probably heard the words “fidget spinner” once or twice.  Then I heard it again from my 1st grader on a Thursday afternoon.  And when I picked my 4th grader up from school on Friday he got in the car and said, “Hi!  I want to get a fidget spinner.  Can I get one today????   Please????”  First things first. “Ummm…. Can you sit down and buckle up so we can drive out of the parking lot?”

By the time we got home, he had asked me about 3 more times.  We live about 2 minutes from school.  “Mommy, do you even know what a fidget spinner is?” And then it was time to display my ignorance.  I had really only heard of the things the day before.  Was I living under a rock?  Most likely.  Somehow the beginning of the fidget spinner craze had slipped right past me.  I think it must have started that Wednesday.

So we googled “fidget spinners.”  They come in all sorts of shapes and colors.  Some light up, too.  I must confess I totally didn’t see the draw.  But somehow my son was crazy about them.  I guess they are the “in-thing.” And it isn’t like they are allowed to have them at school.  The kids aren’t supposed to even have them at school unless they are agreed to by the teacher and parent as helpful for the child.

We spent the better part of the afternoon researching fidget spinners, the various types, reviews and pricing.  And apparently they make fidget cubes as well.  But he wanted a spinner and since he had birthday money to spend, he chose a fidget spinner that had good reviews and that he liked the look of.  We waited a day to see if he would change his mind…. Nope.

This all happened within 3 days of me really hearing of the things.  Now I know a bit more.  I’ve read a few articles, blog posts and reviews about them.  For those of you like me, I’ll give you the info real quick.  They are often marketed for people who have trouble staying still or focusing, like those with ADHD or anxiety.  It is said that they can be soothing.   But they have exploded and become the must-have toy this year. I don’t know too much about its claims (I am definitely not qualified to say much either way).  I can see it being helpful, but I can see it also becoming a huge distraction (hence it not being allowed at school).

For my son, they are just fun to spin.  He had ordered a couple that, unfortunately, both arrived damaged.  So he had to survive for a couple weeks without one.  He actually ended up picking 2 fidget spinners from the San Francisco Zoo gift shop (the girls got stuffed animals, not a huge surprise there!). He is trying different tricks and has timed them to see how long they spin.  He actually has locked them up in his “safe” with the fidget cube that my husband brought home from a work conference.

You find these things everywhere.  There are a ton on Amazon, eBay and at gift shops.  My mother-in-law actually told me that she almost ordered some from QVC last night.  I guess they made the big time!

I must say that from trying them out, I can see some of the draw.  Do you ever cap and un-cap your pen while listening to a lecture/speech? Or doodle on a paper? Play with your hair?  The fidget spinner/cube seems to provide something similar. I like listening to the quiet whir of the fidget spinner.  Staring at it can also be fun to zone out now and again.  But I totally don’t get the fidget cube.  It makes zero sense to me.

My son is now over the moon excited to have 2 fidget spinners.  We don’t allow him to take them to school, but he will happily play with one while waiting for dinner to cook or while the girls are watching something on TV that he isn’t super interested in.  And as long as they don’t become a distraction from his homework or helping around the house, we are happy that he is happy.

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