Why Do You Fidget?

Fidgeting, in most cases, is generally classed as a reaction or response to anxiety, stress or to being bored.

Anxious people have elevated levels of stress hormones which cause them to move a lot and fidget. Fidgeting because of boredom gives your brain something to focus on.

What Is A Fidget?

A Fidget is a small object that generally keeps your hands busy. Keeping your hands busy allows you to focus on more of what you are meant to be focusing on such as a lesson, meeting, lecture etc. A fidget can be as simple as a paperclip, rubber or small toy.

What Is A Fidget Used For?

Fidgets are basically a tool that a child or adult can use to help with focus, attention, calming, listening, the ability to sit for extended period of time and can also be a distraction to try and calm and soothe a child or adult.

Who Is A Fidget Designed For?

It is very easy to recognize someone who is restless. Whether it be a child on a train, bus or plane or an adult you work with. Fidgets are most commonly used for children or adults who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety and Autism.

In Children, those with behavioral issues are those who tend to fidget a lot. This also leads to the class being disrupted. This disruptive behavior is hard to ignore. It not only inhibits their own learning and productivity but it can greatly affect others around them from paying attention and learning as well.

Benefits Of A Fidget

  • Fidgets help by keeping the hands busy.
  • They also provide a sensory stimulation
  • Can be used as a distraction for the person i.e used to calm and soothe a child
  • Promotes concentration and focus
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Improves listening skills

Rules For Implementing A Fidget

  1. Make sure that it is clear, that a fidget is not to be looked at too much as they will not be paying attention if the fidget is being looked at too much.
  2. The fidget is not to distract others around them. Make sure that they are aware that it is not fair to disrupt others.
  3. The fidget is not to leave a designated area. If the fidget is to be used at their desk. Then they must know if they leave the desk that the fidget is to stay there or it will be taken away. This also promotes self-use. This means that if the child is feeling a certain way they know that this area is a calm and soothing area.

Types Of Fidgets

What’ Zit – Animal

What' Zit - Animal

The WhatZit Mini Fidget is generally used for children who can’t sit still or fidget and fiddle with things they shouldn’t be touching!

This Fidget is made of 18 wooden blocks that are connected by a string. This allows your child to move and twist it into many shapes.

This Fidget is great! It helps to improve fine motor skills, hand – eye coordination and concentration.

Coleby has 2 of these and they are great! He has one a school as he is a child that won’t sit for long periods of time and I generally take one with us when we attend appointments as Specialists and Doctors barely ever run on time!

Play Dough

Play Dough can be used as a fidget. Not only can it improve fine motor skills, hand – eye coordination and concentration, it can also be used to help soothe!

Children can squish it in their hands, roll it both on a flat surface or in their hands, pull it a part etc. It helps to keep them focused and calm!

Play Dough can also be made at home! Which is also great if you have a child who attempts to put things in their mouth that may not be safe! Homemade Play Dough is great because you know exactly what is in it and you know that it is safe for your child!

Twiddle Glow in The Dark Fidget Toy

Twiddle Glow in The Dark Fidget Toy

A twiddle fidget is a twist-able bracelet! It has 75 pieces that can be shaped, molded or pulled apart!

This can provide your child with hours of fun and entertainment! It also can provide your child with the sensory input they have been looking for!

A twiddle fidget can be used as a distraction for anxiety, anger management, can help to increase focus time. A twiddle fidget can also be used to change challenging behaviors by redirecting the behavior to something constructive!

These are pretty reasonably priced when you consider how much things like lego cost.

My son Coleby likes to twist these. He pulls them apart and tries to put them back together. Most of the time he requires help. I usually encourage Coleby’s brothers to assist him so they are playing together. It also creates a social experience for Coleby.

Set of 3! Tangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy

Set of 3! Tangle Jr. Original Fidget ToyThe Tangle Jr may look like a regular toy but these are a learning tool!

For many children, a fidget allows them to focus better and absorb information better if they have something in their hands.

Tangles are great to use on long car trips, planes, trains, in class or even at events where your child is required to sit for long periods of time.

Tangles are a great way to help improve fine motor skills.

Coleby has 2 of these. He loves them! The school uses one of them at the school assembly every week. This allows Coleby to participate in School events. Before, Coleby would only sit for a short period of time and then his teacher would have to leave the assembly or event and take him outside to let him calm down and move around. There are a few other children in his class that has these as well. I think they are great!

Sensory Gel Maze

These are awesome!

Sensory Gel Maze

I have been looking at getting Coleby one of these for a while. And I just ordered him one.

They are basically a gel maze mat. The objective is to get the little marble from one side of the maze to the other.

Coleby is very tactile defensive, meaning he is very reluctant to touch a lot of different textures. this gel maze mat is perfect because he doesn’t get any nasty surprises that may upset him. We tried one of these at a sensory clinic and he loved it!

These gel maze mats are great for improving your child’s hand – eye coordination, it strengthens their fingers and helps to maintain attention!

They can be a bit pricey but I can’t wait to get ours!

Feel free to comment below, of any fidgets that you are using for your child!

I would love to check them out!

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  1. I LOVE your site 🙂
    I really enjoy the benefits you give on the toys you share on your site ! Not alot of people think about thoes things.. so thats very cool . Maybe you could post a video of one of your little ones enjoying one of the toys !
    Keep up the good work on your site !
    – Becky

    • Hey Rebecca!

      Thanks for visiting my site!

      Yes a lot of people see these as toys rather then therapy. And there are a lot of benefits behind using these that many people aren’t aware of. 

      That is great idea! I will have to look into adding some videos in the near future!



  2. I have one particular habit of scratching my head when I’m in deep thought. Not sure if it’s fidgeting? Anyway, I didn’t realize there are so many types of fidget toys and gadget available. I thought the fidget cubes and spinners are the only devices that help those with fidgeting issues. I guess I shall try my hand on my child’s play dough and see if it helps.

    • Hi there Kenny Lee

      Scratching your head while in deep thought may actually be your way of focusing on the task at hand! These are only a few of what is available out there! 

      Try the play dough or even blue tack if you have this at your work station! Anything that keep your hands busy allowing you to focus on a task can be sued as a fidget!

      Thanks for stopping by!



  3. Hailey, I want to firstly say I personally think this is an awesome niche to discuss. I personally do not have a child with a learning disorder of sorts but my cousin does (her son has mild autism and ADHD)and has talked to me about the struggles and different techniques they try to help cope with outbursts.
    I will definitely be telling her to check out some of these ideas for fidgeting.
    With the recent global sensation of fidget spinners, would you be reviewing these or recommending these?

    • Hey Andrea

      Thanks for visiting my page!

      There is so many fidgets that are available. The ones that I have listed are the ones I am using with my son. There is a massive craze with fidget spinners at the moment but I believe these are not being used as a fidget but more as a cool toy. My son has a fidget spinner but we use it for toileting. This allows him to sit for a period of time. My 5 year old son got one for this fidget spinner craze and I can see why the school banned them. He was always like watch mum, look how long it spins, look I can use one hand, look it’s on my knee etc it was more of a distraction. Where as, with Coleby he doesn’t look at it, it’s just in his hands and it calms him down to sit for periods of time. All kids are different but this is my experience with them.

      Regards Hailey 

  4. Interesting reading and a great description of what a fidget is. What are your feelings about fidget spinners? They have certainly been a craze at our daughter’s school, and one of my friends has a son who fidgets a lot. His teacher actually recommended a fidget spinner for him, as she felt it would free up his mind to be more attuned to the classroom and her teachings. However, I think there are still some traditionalists who think that playing with a so-called toy in the classroom would have the opposite effect. i just wondered what your views were on this.

    • Hi Mara

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Yes fidget spinners are a craze at the moment. My son does have one but we use it for toileting more then anything else. It allows him to sit on the toilet for periods of time. The school that they attend have actually banned them for children who do not have special needs. And I believe that they should. To me these aren’t toys and they have a purpose. My 5 year old gets so distracted by these he is always like look mum, watch how long it spins, look I can use 1 finger, look it’s on my knee! There is no purpose behind this to them it is a toy. 

      Unfortunately there is always people who will be against these types of therapy. When I was a child kids who probably did have ADHD were just looked at as naughty kids when they actually probably had ADHD. Times have changed! 

      Thanks again for the comment!

      Regards Hailey 

  5. This is a part of the educational system that I was not familiar with. When I was in school these items would be considered contraband. My oh my oh my how times have changed! I personally think that it is great that schools are accommodating students this way. My fidget to get through school was always doodling.

    • Hi Nik

      Thanks for visiting my site!

      Yes in my day they were classed as toys and had to stay in your bag or left at home. I believe schools are doing the right thing by incorporating them into the classroom for children that need them. The fades that children go through where it is cool to have these is unfortunate in my eyes because it takes away there real purpose.

      I was a doodler also! Or I would try and curl my hair with a pencil lol

      Thanks again for stopping by!



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