If you have a school-going child then you would have noticed the Fidget Spinner craze that consumed the masses. Spinners come in different colours and types, e.g. light-up versions, metal, plastic – they’re everywhere and almost everyone has tried it. Google searches for the “fidget spinner” reached a peak between 30 April 2017 and 13 May 2017 with South Africa ranking seventh in the world.
This may assist with ADHD
The fidget spinner is basically a flattened three-pronged object with a bearing wheel in the middle of the toy which allows the prongs to spin quite freely.
At first the attraction is the toy’s ability to spin for a long period and one would watch to see how long it takes to stop. But that attraction is short-lived especially once you begin to learn to balance this spinning object on some part of your body. And I say “some part of your body” because you can balance it on various parts of your body performing various tricks. Index finger spin, thumb spin, ankle, knee, elbow, nose, forehead, two spinners at once, and the list goes on.
So it is a good thing right?
Our kids are actually using tech that does not require a battery. In an age where tablets are not necessarily medicinal and where the dog has been replaced by a virtual pet, there is finally a tangible device that has captured their interest.
Some parents are even punting the spinner as an assistive device that children may use for conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism. The distraction of the device apparently allows the child to increase concentration and focus. This theory does not stand up to scientific scrutiny and, judging by the number of schools that have banned fidget spinner use, educators need more convincing too. Children are becoming distracted by the toy and not focusing on their everyday tasks at hand. Then there’s the social aspect, i.e. who has the best looking spinner and who can do more complex tricks. There are fidget-type objects used by occupational therapists during their sessions but the fidget spinner itself has not been tested.
I welcome the use of spinners just because it takes away from hours of screen time that affects focus and concentration in the developing child. But just when you think “there can’t be an app for this”, BEWARE! Fidget spinner apps may be the new trend.
Remember to click on the link below to open up a virtual fidget spinner. Enjoy!!!
Other popular trends of yesteryear…
The Yo Yo was popular for a long time
The Yo-yo – Back in the 1960’s the yo-yo was the toy that every kid walked around with. Historically, the yo-yo can be dated to as far back as 500BC but made a commercial comeback in 1928. The yo-yo’s popularity in the 60’s continued to the 70’s and 80’s. Yo-yo competitions are still held around the world annually.
The Rubik’s Cube – Created by Ernö Rubik and was first called the “Magic Cube”. It was released worldwide in 1980. The Rubik’s Cube was advertised as having over 3 billion possible solutions. Of the top 10 bestselling books of 1981, 3 books were dedicated to solving the Rubik’s Cube puzzle. In December 2016 Feliks Zemdegs solved a 3x3x3 Rubik’s puzzle in 4.73 seconds setting a new world record.
The Tamagotchi was the world’s first virtual pet. A small hand-held LCD device with a virtual pet that you had to feed, play with, medicate, bath and put to sleep.