We all fidget, move, get antsy, and have moments when we simply cannot stay still. Some of us use stress balls to relieve this behavior, some tear paper and others may meditate to calm their constant moving. There are many fidget toys that have been around for years in helping to assist our jumpy behavior but have they worked? Today “Fidget spinners “ are all the buzz and I am here to fill you in on the juicy scoop to catch you up on the latest craze!
“What is a ‘Fidget Spinner’ you ask”? In layman’s terms it is an object that helps you... well... not fidget! Fidget spinners are weighted toys that resemble a top a bit but you spin with your fingers, instead of on a table top. The advertising claims that they assist in helping to relieve stress, ADHD, PTSD, as well as some types of spectrum disorders. “How is this possible” you ask? Well let me share with you a personal story.
My 13 year old son is on the spectrum, and while there is no cure for Asperger’s, there are ways to address the sensory symptoms. Kids and adults suffer from a fair amount of anxiety where Autism is concerned and to have a toy of this nature to occupy part of their brain is helpful. This toy allows them to concentrate on the movement of the toy which can calm their anxieties while allowing them to focus. I am not a doctor by any means, but in my experience it has helped ease my sons stress and anxiousness.
Like every toy fad, some schools have banned fidget spinners, and articles continue to analyze it to death; but one thing is for sure these unique and useful toys are a hot item right now and appear to be here for the long haul. Fidget Spinners have been discussed on CNN, Forbes, The New Yorker, and many more famous publications that all are scrambling to figure out why these spinners have garnered so much attention from children and adult alike.
This trending toy isn't just good for those with a stress disorder, they also now benefit the handmade industry where makers can create and offer new products to accessorize and or promote them. Of course as a HUGE supporter of handmade items, I would be amiss in not sharing about some wonderful makers out there that have jumped in on this new craze.
Sheila of Babymoon has created adorable Fidget Spinner Cases that are embroidered and personalized! She has this to say about them:
"I decided to make some spinner cases after seeing them all over the place once school was getting close to ending. I actually thought they were a bit odd, but then watched a video on Facebook from a psychologist explaining the positive uses for Fidget Spinners and it convinced me that I should change my opinion because they were able to soothe so many different kinds of people. My customers love personalized items and I knew that fidget spinner cases would fit right in with my current offerings. I love being able to solve a problem with a beautiful design, so getting to personalized it to someone's favorite colors and adding their unique name or monogram is really satisfying!"
You can find Sheila's AMAZING and FUN spinner cases in her Etsy shop @ www.babymoon.etsy.com
Fran from ComfortandGrins who also makes personalized cases had this to say about why she started to create them:
"My grand kids love the fidgets so it seemed the logical thing for me to make with my new 10 needle embroidery machine. I have been testing my machine out on a variety of projects some of which I have started listing in my Etsy shop. All of my friends have kids or grand kids with spinners and they fell in love with the case which easily attaches to a zipper pull, backpack, or just makes it easier to carry around. Everybody has a fidget so the names on the cases helps with identification. All my friends and relatives have been buying them and my 12 year old grandson says he needs a couple more."
You can peruse Fran's Spinner cases @ www.comfortandgrins.etsy.com
Lindsay of Just4youtreats has put a fresh spin (pun intended) on the spinner craze by making yummy cookies that resemble the shape of fidget spinners! These are perfect for birthdays and other various children's parties! Lindsay says this of her unique and yummy goodies:
"When the word fidget spinner first came into my house, I was slightly confused about what these were. My five and seven year were obsessed about these little gadgets that everyone at school seemed to have. What I liked most about the spinners was that my son really liked them. Every mom gets excited when they discover something that could potentially entertain their kid and is not an electronic device.
My son's fascination started me thinking of my business clients and how these would be great in "cookie form". I imagined them as great party favors for kids' birthdays as well as a little surprise treat from grandma and so I set out to figure out how to make a fidget spinner without a fidget spinner cookie cutter. Coming across a daisy cookie cutter, I learned that I could cutoff every other petal and surprise, there's a fidget spinner! As soon as I shared these little gems with my fans, I knew they would be enjoyed as much as the real thing!"
You can find Lindsay's delicious cookies @ wwwjust4youtreats.com
Whether or not you use them for fun or to help ease stress and anxiety, one thing is for sure; these fun Fidgets are not going away anytime soon.
As always please remember to support handmade artisans and shop small; the work they put into crafting by hand is not only special and unique but supporting the handmade goods industry is an innovative way to help many small businesses here in the US as well as other developing countries flourish!
Until next time, XOXO!
Blogger, Maker & Unicorn Whisperer