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Have a kid that fidgets? Always tapping, moving, squirming, squeaking?
Unless you live under a rock I am sure that you are aware of the huge variety of fidget toys on the market. They are all the rage in my kids’ schools.
Since what we do here is review products, I knew I needed to jump on the bandwagon and see which fidget toys are the best.
The Ultimate Fidget Toy Guide
First up, the Fidget Cube Anxiety Attention Toy.
The first fidget to arrive in the mail was the Fidget Cube Anxiety Attention Toy. Yeah, right there with the keyword stuffing I should have known I was in dangerous territory.
We opened the box and began to play…see those five dots? They didn’t “click” and were difficult to even push in.
Notice the lack of a ball bearing? It fell out within 20 minutes of coming out of the box.
See this spinner? It didn’t actually spin.
Needless to say, this was returned to Amazon.
Don’t buy this fidget toy!
Next up is the Ratoop Fidget Toy Cube.
I ordered this one because, hello, it’s wooden! When the black fidget cube broke almost immediately I went to cancel my order of this one (it hadn’t arrived yet). When I went to my orders from Amazon I found I had only paid $5.80 for it…so I decided to go ahead and wait for it to arrive so I could order it.
Guess what? This one works beautifully. None of my complaints about the black one apply here. The dots click, the spinner is easy to spin, the ball bearing spins and clicks. In addition, it looks beautiful! The Ratoop Fidget Toy Cube is definitely worth buying. Just know that there are several fidget sides that make noise.
This is not a silent fidget toy!
Next is the Roller Chain Fidget Toy Stress Reducer.
I was really excited to try this one. As you can see is is basically a bike chain with some rubber added.
I have to say, I was disappointed when I opened the box and saw how small this fidget toy was. It’s tiny.
Having said that, it is somewhat satisfying to move it in different shapes and try to roll it around in your fingers.
Would I buy this one again? Probably not. I would be much more likely to buy a slightly bigger version.
Will I keep it? Yes…I just wish it was a little bigger.
And now, to everyone’s favorite, the hot new item is schools. The ones that teachers either love or hate…
The Fidget Spinner
I ordered a few of these fidget spinners to try out. They come in a variety of colors.
The spinners are the hot item at school. According to my kids, pretty much everyone has one of these.
These are really satisfying. The spin smoothly and there is a variety of ways you can use them (on the table, in your hands, stacking two on top of each other).
Once you get the spinner spinning it goes and goes and goes. You can change the speed and feel of the spin by moving your hands side to side.
This was the definite favorite of my kids. While it isn’t completely silent it is much quieter than the fidget cube.
These spinners have sparked a bit of controversy. Just a couple of weeks after a teacher recommended that we buy a fidget toy for one of our children I saw this article: I’m a Teacher, and Trust Me When I Say That Fidget Spinners Are the Effing Worst, so obviously not all teachers are on board with these being used in class.
In short, my kids love them. They play with them around the house. They take them to school. As far as being distracting, I am totally cool with teachers telling my kids to put them away…or even confiscating them if necessary.
All in all, I find them fun, stress-relieving and harmless.
You might also be interested in my post about sensory-friendly toys.
UPDATE: Since publishing this post we have tested another type of fidget toys, spinners shaped like wheels.
These spinners are nice to hold and can spin up to three minutes! These wheel type spinners are Avi and Tucker’s favorite type.