Kids are going nuts over fidget toys this summer. Here are some of the most popular gadgets, poppers, stress balls and more.
I’m not quite sure how it happened but I’m going to blame YouTube. My daughter is suddenly obsessed with fidget toys. Fidget toys, poppers, stress balls, squeeze toys, sensory toys, putty, and any toy with knobs, buttons and pulls.
Honestly, I thought fidget toys reached their peak a few years ago back when every kid wanted one of those damn spinners. I assumed fidget toys were a fad but I blinked and my daughter has a new one in her hand every day. Where they keep coming from, I have no damn idea.
Around the same time that spinners were all over the place, a teacher suggest a fidget toy to help my son focus during school.
The original concept behind these trinkets was to act as a self-regulation tool to help kids with focus, attention, calming, and active listening.
I’m not exactly sure how putting a toy in a kid’s hand in a glass will help him or her focus until I realized I’ve been using “fidget toys” my entire life but they’re not as cool.
As this article points out, if you’ve ever clicked a ballpoint pen over and over, you’ve used a fidget item.”
“One thing people often report is that fidgeting with an object in the hand helps them to stay focused when doing a long task or sitting still and attentive in a long meeting.
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Many examples people have told us about are ready-to-hand objects like paper clips, USB thumb drives, headphone earbuds, and sticky tape.”
Yup. Guilty on all counts.
Anyway, this is an article about toys, so let’s keep the learning out of it. If your kid is obsessed with fidget toys, there’s a ton of awesome options on Amazon.com and Walmart.com (now that most toys stores are dead).
These are the most popular fidget toys on each website based on the average customer reviews.
Here’s the good thing about these fidget toys – you can buy most of them in bulk so when your kid eventually loses one, you’ll have a spare.
I’ve also included several different types of fidget & sensory toys like:
- Miniature Novelty Toys
- Fidget Blocks
- Multi-Item Fidget Toy Packs
- Pop-It Fidget Toys
- Fidget Spinners
- Kids’ Party Favor Sets
Alright, let’s get to fidgeting….
Who wouldn’t love a bucket full of Squishes?!? This bucket is great to give your kids a new fidget toy every day or the perfect toy to give out for birthday parties.
Plus, the Squishes come with their own storage bucket on those rare occasions when your kids put their toys away!
Kids can just squeeze, pull, and stretch the soft sensory stress ball toys to keep hands and fingers busy and their minds relaxed.
My daughter has one of these octopuses and she can’t stop playing with it. Combined with the design of reversible toys, this popular octopus fingertip toy can not only be used as a reversible toy, but also can effectively relieve anxiety and stress, and help restore mood. It’s also a cute little bugger.
Alright, I’ll admit, these fidget tubes are slightly annoying but not the worst sound in the world. The tubes are white in their normal state but UV sensitive so they’ll slowly change color when exposed to sunlight.
Created for both adults and children, this fidget toy from Daily Vibrations is the perfect anti-stress toy to combat anxiety and encourage focus. It’s also made to last much sturdier than the other fidget toys on the market.
Unlike other puzzle box toys that end up being disappointing and dull, this patented and award-winning fidget box from Shashibo features 36 rare earth magnets that transform into over 70 different shapes. This creates hours of mind-challenging fun, stimulates the senses and create unlimited possibilities.
These rotate and slide puzzles are not only logic puzzles but also rotating slide games. Their movable parts of each layer can not only rotate left and right along the axis and move up and down with spaces. Kids can use the empty space created by a missing piece for strategic movements and solve the suggested puzzle patterns or just create their own colorful designs.
This toy will secretly help kids learn geometric shapes but shhh that’s our secret.
This fidget toy might be intended for adults but kids will have fun stealing them off their parent’s desks. Stacks, spheres, towers, ovals, pyramids – the geometric possibilities are endless!
Not only is this a fidget toy but it’s a pretty addicting game. There are 5 slots on the front and rear sides, and a total of 5 different colors of beads. Rotate the double-sided turntable to move the beads of different colors to match the same color.
Whether in search of a new fidget toy or tactile or sensory toy, these Monkey Noodles are perfect. Stretch, pull, twirl, wrap and squeeze them – then watch them bounce back to their original shape. Made with high-quality custom formulated materials, Monkey Noodles are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and free of BPAs, phthalates, and latex. These stretchy strings are strong, durable and safe for kids.
This fidget toy combines two favorites in one – the popper and the spinner. They’re also incredibly colorful and easy to wash, unlike our children.
This 12-sided cube comes with everything – sides to click, spin, roll, flick, rotate with a Rotating Disk, Joystick, Worry Groove, Switch, Soft Clicker, Silica Rope, Sliding Blocks, Squishy Buds, Gears, Triangle Button, Finger Massage, and Stress ball.
Did I miss your kid’s favorite fidget spinner? Tell me which one they’re currently addicted to in the comments.