The Fidget Spinner & Fidget Cube Craze. Are they worth it?

The Fidget Spinner & Fidget Cube Craze

This summer’s controversial new craze is the fidget toy. Whether it is in the form of the fidget cube, or the larger fidget spinner, they are taking the UK by storm. Billed as a low tech and cheap way to address ADHD tendencies, anxiety or Autism, they play on providing a sensory outlet.

I, with my educational hat on, have limited faith in the rationale behind these devices. The cube essentially has a number of tactile and clickable surfaces to focus away anxiety or steady inherent tendencies. They are aimed at the school and office, even though this isn’t explicit in a lot of marketing. Different manufacturers have flooded the markets or eBay, Amazon, car boot sales and alike, with build quality and prices varying wildly.

What are Fidget Cubes & Spinners?

The fidget cube, I don’t mind. It may help to relive stress, like the squeezy stress balls in the 90’s, but to say it will address any potential spectrum needs for a child or adult is ambitious at most. Also, the lower quality ones are not as discreet as they could be with squeaking joints and clicking surfaces. But, some children may find some degree of use with them, particularly in stressful times, like SATs testing time.

The Fidget Spinner and Ban the Fidget Toy Controversy

The fidget spinner is the newest evolution of the fidget craze. As a toy, is fine. It’s an amusing engineering and gadget-related invention with some entertainment value. You only need to google the term “Fidget Spinner Tricks” and you’ll get the idea why this item is really a toy. Not, as some may suggest, a medical aid.

We come next to how the spinner is anything but subtle. If the cube allowed users to secretly fiddle under or behind a desk, the spinner does not. The fidget spinner screams attention. In the classroom older children are beginning to request them far and wide as toys. Not requesting them as learning or focus aids, but because peers and others have them. So in any given school, settings and teachers are having to make the distinction between “toy” and “aid”, particularly where a class of well focused children are being distracted by others’ spinning and clicking.

It will be controversial what schools, parents and parents feel about then. Views will differ. I myself have no issue with them where someone feels there is a real need, or as a toy. I’ve tried a few out and they’re a fun “distraction”, but as a valuable learning tool? I’m with the majority that are still unconvinced. Particularly when I see Amazon sellers marketing them as “dramatically improving focus” or “the key to unleashing your creative genius”.




Fidget Toy and Fidget Spinner Deals

As I mentioned earlier these aids/toys vary in quality and price. You can try them out for a few quid, or invest in an all singing, all dancing superstar alloy spinner. As a guide, below I’ve set out three price brackets and qualities for the ones that I’ve seen and tinkered with so far…

  1. £1.70 Basic Moulded Fidget Spinners inc. p&p from Amazon
  2. The Original Fidget Cube £10 from The Entertainer
  3. £26.99 Full Alloy Tri Fidget Spinners with spare bearings from Amazon

For the prices, and difference, I’d stick to the cheaper ones. Particularly as they’ll likely get lost or lose interest in them quickly.

Win a Fidget Spinner

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As part of writing this article I had a few to test, review and play with. I’m giving away a Crusader Fidget Finger Spinner with Stainless Steel Bearings. To win, just link up on social media using the entry box below and chime in with a comment on what you think about the fidget craze. Competition closes May 15th
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88 thoughts on “The Fidget Spinner & Fidget Cube Craze. Are they worth it?

  • May 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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    IT’S GREAT , IF IT GETS THE KIDS OUTSIDE PLAYING ITS IDEAL

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    i dont see any problem with it

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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    Like any craze, it’ll soon run its course

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm
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    If it keeps them entertained for a while then it has to be a winner.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm
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    If it stops children playing on X boxes, play stations etc it’s got my vote

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm
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    I don’t think they can be used effectively in a mainstream classroom – too much distraction for other children in my opinion

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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    I think it’s a ridiculous fad, but my son’s addicted.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    I think it’s daft like all the kid’s fads but at least it’s better than bottle flipping!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm
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    OK at home but not at school (unless they are agreed in advance, e.g. a child with SEN)

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  • May 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm
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    It’s another trend but the children enjoy them. I admit to owing one as they are very relaxing and fun to use.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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    I think it wouldn’t be appropriate for school, but see no problem in their own time. Seems like another quick fad to me though.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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    My son is autistic, so I can really see the benefits of these

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  • May 3, 2017 at 2:00 am
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    I think they’re great, especially for anxiety

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  • May 3, 2017 at 3:00 am
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    Harmless fun and gets kids off their ipads/iphones etc!

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  • May 3, 2017 at 5:59 am
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    I’m not sure I’d have to do more investigation to fully comment, if they can help kids/adults at all with health or social issues then it’s great and those who need them will continue to use them for a long time&should def not be stopped from using them at work etc. If it is all mearly a craze using cleaverly placed buzzwords, then like others have said it will burn out and kids will move onto something else. The only positive of that being is at least it’s a pretty inexpensive, accessible to just about any bodies budject craze. Dxx

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    • May 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm
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      Completely true, as a disposable and potentially cost effective toy/gadget, at least the wallet isn’t hit hard.

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  • May 3, 2017 at 9:42 am
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    Its ok to play with at home, but they have already been banned at my childrens school, as kids refused to stop using them.

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  • May 3, 2017 at 10:15 am
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    Useful for those with special needs and stress but only fun for others

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  • May 3, 2017 at 10:33 am
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    As someone who fidgets with things constantly at the desk – I welcome it!

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    • May 3, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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      Do you think they would be of a focusing benefit to you? Or would it merely replace something quiet and simple like a pleasing piece of blutac?

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  • May 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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    I saw one for the first time a week ago. I expect it will be a fad that is soon forgotten about.

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  • May 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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    Think they are great for entertaining kids as long as not in class

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  • May 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    As will all crazes it will burn and fade away pretty fast but will be fun for the kids whilst it lasts. I have noticed quite a few discarded empty Fidget boxes around the school gates though.

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  • May 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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    I love them my grandsons love them my husband does

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  • May 4, 2017 at 5:19 am
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    Cheap and cheerful it will run its course

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  • May 4, 2017 at 7:25 am
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    i think there fab definintley something my children would love

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  • May 4, 2017 at 9:12 am
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    Not really a fan but my sister loves them so 😀

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    • May 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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      Hi Jodie, I’ve emailed you and you won!! Many congrats!

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  • May 4, 2017 at 10:01 am
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    I think they are great for adhd and anxiety, tbh i didnt realise they were a craze!

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  • May 4, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    my teenage son is ASD so would love one for him

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  • May 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm
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    I think there great for the kids, even im addicted.x loving your blog.x

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  • May 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm
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    I can’t quite figure them out yet but my little siblings love them!

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  • May 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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    Another fad! But at least it won’t cost me as much as Pokémon cards! ( nothing at all if I win one 😄)

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  • May 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm
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    Very addictive! may run its course but enjoyable for now 🙂

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  • May 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    I think they are great for the kids who need them My son has ADHD keeping his hands busy helps keep him sat down I would love to win this for him. Im sure other kids enjoy them but I just hope they don’t ruin it for ones who need things like this. Lovely Thing you are doing

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  • May 5, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    Harmless fun and great for entertaining kids.

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  • May 6, 2017 at 11:58 am
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    Fine if it doesnt distract during studies

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  • May 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    It’s one of those crazy summer fads that kids love until the next one comes along!

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  • May 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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    My daughter is begging me for one. I think it will be a quick faze such as Jojo hair bows have been too.

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  • May 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm
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    like many things will soon be a new craze

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  • May 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm
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    If it keeps the kids quite im all for them

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  • May 6, 2017 at 9:12 pm
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    I haven’t got a problem with them so far x

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  • May 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm
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    Anything that doesn’t involve screen time is a win in my eyes

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  • May 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm
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    I think its fun my two boys been asking for one

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  • May 6, 2017 at 11:18 pm
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    I think if this toy helps releive anxiety it is a good thing!

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  • May 7, 2017 at 2:47 am
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    They’re cool, but maybe not in the classroom!

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  • May 7, 2017 at 8:56 am
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    My son was obsessed with getting one of these, I don’t see a problem with it, and like any craze it won’t last long.

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  • May 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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    It helps my son so Im all for it

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  • May 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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    It is harmless fun that will run its course

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  • May 7, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    I hadn’t actually heard of it before but I’d love to have a go xxx

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  • May 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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    Got some for my 7-year old grandson who has autism but he has shown little interest in them but his younger brother loves them

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  • May 8, 2017 at 7:15 am
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    A few years ago it was the loom band craze and now this. It will soon run its course. If it helps kids focus and relieve their stress then I think ot is a good craze.

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  • May 8, 2017 at 11:58 am
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    I think it will be another craze like loom bands, pogs (remember those) and many other fads before them. I see no problem with them, kids love them and they are fun. I don’t think they have a place in the classroom though.

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  • May 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm
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    I am undecided as yet…

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  • May 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm
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    Looks perfectly innocent!

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  • May 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm
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    I thought they were stupid until my teenage brother in law left one at my house and I haven’t stopped spinning it for days! I do my partners head in

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  • May 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm
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    It will probably be a fad, anyone remember ker-knockers? Showing my age now 🙂

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  • May 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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    It’s actually not too bad – I think they are quite fun and reasonably priced too!

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  • May 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    Like most popular crazes it will last for some time, then likely to fade away. Particularly when the next new craze starts up.

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  • May 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm
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    I think they are good for children especially if they enjoy playing with them.

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  • May 13, 2017 at 12:37 am
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    the kids enjoy them, so why not let them

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  • May 13, 2017 at 9:53 am
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    My youngest daughter has ADHD as do I but she also has extreme impulsiveness, sensory and auditory processing issues. She has her own sensory table at school but I have purchased a fidget cube for her to uses as she eats her hair, tries to eat things that are dangerous for her and even licks inanimate objects (yes the looks we get when out at times are hilarious but we’re used to our Lexi-Rai’s quirks). I have found that the fidget cube helps for short periods of time in stopping her from chewing her hair but I can see why the spinner is deemed more a toy than a device to help and agree with you, however I can see how it could distract ‘some’ children nearing breakdown and give them an outlet rather than reacting badly towards their peers, siblings or others. I think as a short term distraction they can both have their place but as for being a medical aid I would say it does no more to distract them than games consoles, TV’s, CBT and DBT classes and although I haven’t purchased a spinner as of yet it’s not something I would send in to school with my daughter as I feel it would distract other students. The school have a sensory table for my daughter to go to when she is overwhelmed and it already has a laptop, tablet, play dough and other toys to help but she does return to her class once she has calmed. I wouldn’t want to give her anything too small during lesson that would act as a distraction especially something that would affect the other students learning and being able to concentrate on their teacher.

    Oh gosh just realised how my opinion is becoming a mini novel lol.

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    • May 13, 2017 at 10:06 am
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      It may be a mini novel but it’s very close to my own view. It sounds like you school is very sensible in their approach to providing for a child with any one of the current labels attached to a child on the vast spectrum. You also speak as someone with a great understanding of how to distance themselves from the situation and look at it objectively. Thanks for your great comment.

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  • May 13, 2017 at 10:53 am
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    Fine for home but not school

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  • May 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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    I like the fact it is novel. We all have our childhood memories of toys that were a craze in school and now our kids will have theirs.

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  • May 13, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    My niece enjoys them but like all crazes give it a couple of months and it will all be over….remember loom bands? lol

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  • May 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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    I think they are fun
    Another fad that will leave lasting imprint

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  • May 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm
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    My daughter has Asperger’s and severe anxiety and these really help her when she is in a stressful situation. She is allowed ‘coping mechanisms and tools’ within school so is able to take her Fidget Spinner into school, which she keeps in her blazer pocket and she puts her hand inside her pocket and uses the spinner in a concealed manner. I don’t really agree with children using them in classrooms just because they are a fad as it takes away from the purpose it was designed for. By all means play with them at home or out of school, but not within the school premises.

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  • May 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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    I think it’s just one of those things that everyone will want to try and will be a big thing for a bit then there’ll be something new come along. Regardless of my less than enthusiastic view, my daughter is desperate to get her hands on one so please count me in! 🙂

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  • May 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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    Great fun and after all people will always fidget with something be it loose change in their pocket, hair etc so why not? 🙂

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  • May 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm
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    money profits time

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  • May 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm
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    this be great for my 11 year old with adhd

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  • May 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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    I don’t really have an opinion to be honest! I didn’t know they existed until the craze hit. My almost five year old son is currently being assessed for autism so I think it would be great for him!

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  • May 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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    There cheap and cheerful but they look pretty cool. My daughter really wants one x

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  • May 14, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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    no idea, haven’t really got involved with it yet. Would give it a go if i win.

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  • May 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm
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    I think it’s fine, it’s better than them being glued to iPads all day, it’s really helped with my sons anxiety x

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  • May 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm
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    think its just another craze, harmless enough

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  • May 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm
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    I have no issues with the craze

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  • May 14, 2017 at 11:04 pm
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    I don’t have an issue with them xx

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  • May 15, 2017 at 12:00 am
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    I’d love to try one of these out!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 1:47 am
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    There’s been a lot of controversy with fidget toys in schools and I don’t see the problem with it if it’s helping students focus and learn.

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