The so-called fidgets have bright colors, can spin and have buttons to push. There are several different designs and according to their creators, these toys enhance concentration, reduce anxiety and stimulate learning.
Some teachers and schools aren’t so sure, though. They say the toys are way too distracting. Kids can’t even stop playing with them in classrooms. So, some schools are banning these toys as a result.
“Frankly, we’ve found the fidgets were having the opposite effect of what they advertise,” said Kate Ellison, principal of Washington Elementary School in Evanston, Ill to The Chicago Tribune. “Kids are trading them or spinning them instead of writing.”
Some students even have several Fidget Spinners that they play with at the same time. Specialists do say that if used correctly, fidgets can be beneficial. For example, it can help fidgety kids to channel the urge and focus better. But most kids see it simply as a cool new toy.
And as you can imagine, banning them only increases their popularity. The learning Express Toys stores say they sell them quicker than they get them. The StyeBlueprint reports that there are people who even buy several of them at once and do that often since they play so much with them.