When I asked a colleague if he knew about fidget spinners, he responded: 'I'd never heard of them until last week, when my daughter told me she had to have one'. These toys have recently become extremely popular with children in the playground with them seeing who can spin their fidget spinner the fastest.
It's the latest craze to sweep the country with lorry loads of Fidget Spinners emptied within hours. Flipo Wholesale is one of the leading sellers of fidget spinners. But, says Anderson, "the distinction between those interventions and [fidget spinners] is that those interventions allow the child to move, but this particular intervention isn't necessarily letting the child get their wiggles out, but rather play with a toy".
Fidget Spinners are truly a point of contention in academic environments across the Cape and across the nation. "Fidget spinners" most commonly feature three protruding arms linked to a core of ball bearings that can be pinched between two fingers and made to spin in a smooth fashion.
She says the kids that come in to her store are drawn to the different colors and patterns.
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Teachers however are less impressed with the craze, with some schools banning the spinners claiming they distract students from their work.
"The situation with the fidgets needs to be really individualized".
The hula hoop is probably the most famous.
Nail biting used to be her vice, but Garland says that keeping the spinner in her hands has almost eliminated the habit. Soon, however, most hula hoops stopped spinning and began collecting dust. Now, 20 years later, it's become one of the most popular items in the toy industry. But these aren't hard and fast rules. She's even bought one for her husband.
"The kids are not very happy".
But as is the case with any other fad, local specialty shops are the true beneficiary. Now, it is considered an EDC (everyday carry) toy for its small size and easy transport which has increased its popularity. But according to Scott Kollins, a clinical psychologist and professor at Duke University, "there's no evidence to support that claim". "For some reason, they just help my mind go". An important part of childhood is gradually separating yourself from your family and becoming your own person. But she says any child can improve their nervous system and keep them from fidgeting, especially because they're not playing outside as often as earlier generations.
Considering the spirit in which Fidget Spinners were created, it seems even more ridiculous to hold them up as the cause of the demise of children and their futures.