The Fidget spinner toy craze is in full throttle mode. I have to admit, I had no clue what these things were when they started being everywhere about a month or so ago.
Looked kind of like a regular old annoying toy. After finding out what it was, I was correct: it’s basically an annoying little toy.
A fidget spinner is a type of stress-relieving toy. A basic fidget spinner consists of a bearing in the center of a design made from any of a variety of materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper and plastic.
The toy has been advertised to may help people who have trouble focusing or fidgeting, such as those with ADHD, autism or anxiety, by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or stress.
Fidgeting affects the best of us. Fidget toys are suppose to be specifically designed to help you focus, giving users a way of keeping their hands occupied while they attempt to focus.
Fidget spinners craze will more than likely be over by summer. But hey, look at the pet rock and rubiks cube?
Remember Silly Bandz, the rubber-band bracelets formed into shapes that sparked a similar frenzy about 5 years ago? Same idea.
But Toys R Us is getting into the Fidget craze now. They watch these things I guess, since they are in the toy business. They noticed an uptick in sales toys like Rubik’s Cubes and yo-yos late last year, and started keeping an eye on fidget toys.
Although they were invented in the 1990s, fidget spinners became a popular toy in early 2017, as fidget toys in general began experiencing mainstream popularity. Sometimes marketed with health benefits, the toy began being used by school children, resulting in some schools banning the spinners, arguing that the toy became a distraction in classrooms.
“Because it’s a distraction we are no longer allowing them in school and if they do bring them to school, we will take them, hold on to them and then give them back at the end of the day,” said John McDonald, assistant principal at Delano Elementary School in Minnesota.
While prices range from less than $5, some Fidget spinners are available online at Amazon for around $200 and there is even a custom spinner in metal and ceramic, made by Steampunk Spinners. Some sell for as much as $400. Lately internet sales have been going through the roof.
So we basically have gone from a $1 bag of marbles to this fidget spinners as the latest kids’ craze. They’re supposed to be mildly educational and provide a “sensory experience”. It seems good for occupying someone when they’re supposed to be doing something else, like paying attention or cleaning up their room!
Will it sell? Of course it will. It has no real proven benefit, uses very little skill and offers a distraction to the user and mild annoyance to everyone else.
I just want my Rubiks cube back. Now, where did i put that stupid thing!
By Victoria Stone