Some of us can’t see Rubix cubes, yo-yos or Tamagotchis without thinking about their childhood. It seems that every generation has a defining toy. In an era where children seem to pay more attention to their phones and video games than to actual toys, it seems difficult to believe that top-selling toys are simple gadgets like the fidget spinner and the fidget cube. And the secret of this success could be in how simple these toys are – they encourage children, teens, and even adults to take a break and focus on an object that allows for a very simple tactile interaction.
What Are Fidget Spinners?
Fidget spinners are small handheld toys that include a central piece and an outer piece with three or sometimes two rounded blades. The two are connected with a ball bearing that allows the outer piece to spin while the central piece is held between two fingers. The ball bearing makes it easy to keep the toy spinning and provides a fun tactile experience. And there is a lot more than just spinning – head to YouTube to see how children and teens are improvising figures with their fidget spinners. Some users are tossing their fidget spinner, transferring them from one hand to another or even playing with multiple spinners at once.
Before becoming the official toy of the summer, fidget spinners were originally designed as a therapeutical aid for children and teens who suffer from conditions such as ADHD or autism. The purpose of these toys is to provide children with something they can focus on and offer an interesting tactical experience. The toy quickly caught on, and it seems that every child will soon have their own fidget spinner. Online sales are exploding, and stores can’t keep fidget toys on the shelves. And fidget spinners are not just for children and teens. They help relax people by providing a distraction, by keeping their hands busy and even by giving them something to look at. Fidget spinners can help with stress, anxiety, focus and provide a break from technology.
There are a few downsides to fidget spinners. There is no evidence that these toys actually help children who suffer from ADHD and other conditions. These toys are not adapted to small children because of the moving part. Fidget spinners gain weight and momentum thanks to the ball bearing design and a small child could hurt themselves. And teachers already hate them since they seem to distract children in the classroom more than they help them stay focused besides representing a safety hazard in a room full of children. (http://www.livescience.com/58916-fidget-spinner-faq.html)
Best Fidget Spinners
Because of its simple design and functionality, you might feel that all fidget spinners are the same thing. The truth is that these toys vary considerably in quality. There are a few features to look for if you want a toy that will provide you or your child with a safe experience and that won’t break easily. Besides, it is important to look for a quality fidget spinner since one of the best things about this toy is the tactical experience provided by spinning it, which can only be achieved if a quality ball bearing is used.
The best fidget spinners are made with R188 bearings. These ball bearings allow for a smooth feeling when spinning the toy and provide several minutes of spinning. You can find cheap fidget spinners with low-quality bearings but these toys won’t have the same longevity and won’t be as fun to use since you won’t get the same experience when spinning them. The ball bearing is the first thing you should look at when shopping for a fidget spinner. And there is another benefit if you want to get a fidget spinner for your child – the R188 bearings models are considerably quieter than the models with 608 bearings.
You will come across different types of bearings when shopping for a fidget spinner. Some spinners are made with ceramic bearings, stainless steel bearings, and hybrid ceramic bearings. You will get the most bang for your buck if you opt for a hybrid ceramic model. Stainless steel bearings won’t spin as long as other materials and the bearings might become corroded if the fidget spinner is exposed to humidity, which considerably reduces the lifespan of the toy. Ceramic bearings have their drawbacks too since they can be noisy and can break if the fidget spinner is exposed to shocks. And more importantly, ceramic bearings won’t provide the same tactile experience than makes fidget spinners so fun and addictive to use. Hybrid ceramic bearings offer a better tactical experience, last longer and provide an optimal spinning time.
The design of the fidget spinner is another thing you will want to look at when shopping for one of these toys. The best designs are a matter of personal preference. You can find models with two or three blades, some fidget spinners with built-in LEDs and some toys made from a glow-in-the-dark material. Look for a toy with a design that will keep you or your child interested. A spinner with plastic blades is a good choice for a child, but you can find toys made from metal and other materials if you want something that will be more durable.
Fidget spinners are the most popular toy of the summer. It won’t be long before your child asks for one if they haven’t already, and you will probably see your colleagues start using their fidget spinners to manage stress at work. Why not get one for yourself now that you know what to look for?