You may remember the hand spinner craze in 2017?? Succession is guaranteed this year with the arrival of Fidget toys in schoolyards and homes!
A team of American researchers studied how children and adults use Fidget toys. This study reveals that these objects are not just a fad but that these gadgets seem to have a practical use for adults and children, especially in times of stress.
The Fidget toy pop it phenomenon did not appear with the fashion for toys or hand spinners. If you've ever clicked a ballpoint pen multiple times, you've already used a Fidget toy.
People often say that moving around with an object in their hand helps them stay focused when doing a long task or stay still and attentive during a long meeting. Objects that people play with are paper clips, thumb drives, headphones, and tape. But people also buy specialty items, like fidget toys, for the same reason.
Some people like absolute quiet to concentrate, while others are happiest in a noisy, busy environment.
The optimal level of stimulation varies from person to person and can change for the same person over the course of a day depending on what they are trying to do. People adjust their environment to get the best possible result, such as putting on headphones in a noisy office to switch to less distracting noise.
Someone who can't get up and walk around to re-energize or go for a cup of tea to calm down may find it helpful to use a Fidget toy to stay focused and calm while staying still.
Relieve anxiety, focus attention
manipulative toys can help children with attention problems or anxiety stay focused and calm in class. In fact, manipulative toys have been available to children for therapeutic purposes for quite some time.
There has not yet been a definitive study on the impact of these toys. In a preliminary study of the use of stress balls, sixth-graders who used the toys during instruction reported that their "attitude, attentiveness, writing skills, and interaction with peers improved. were improved".
If fidget toys are so useful, why have schools banned spinners and why have teachers taken them down? Not all gadgets are created equal. Some are more entertaining than others. Most therapists recommend using these objects without attracting too much attention from others through movement or noise. The movement of the hand-spinners distracts the other children in the classrooms.
So if you want to bring your Fidgets to school, avoid taking them out in class and prefer to share them during recess or at daycare!
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