Fidget Toys are the hot new craze! Here at The Toy Store we explore some of our favorites.
What is fidget? Currently, fidget toys and fidget are the hot new craze to hit the toy industry. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of “fidget” is “to make a lot of small movements because you are nervous, bored, etc. : to move or act in a nervous or restless way.” Fidgeting is how you calm yourself and relax without thinking about it. You might tap your pencil on the table or click your pen. You might even bounce your legs while you sit or rock slightly in your chair; all of these things are fidgeting.
Adults have items on their desks known as stress balls, or stress relievers, these are fidgets. A fidget toy is an object that has components that can provide a person an outlet to regulate their need for movement and touch. Some of these components could be: interesting tactile composition (a squeeze or spike feature), pliability of the product, heaviness, or movement opportunities.
Fidget toys are small, discreet objects that provide a place for kids and adults to direct their energy in a more socially appropriate way while they focus on their task at hand.
Schools have started allowing students to bring fidgets to school because they are not considered toys, but tools. It gives a student who may have a harder time focusing the ability to calm and expend any unnecessary energy without causing a distraction to the rest of the class.
There are so many different types of fidget toys. Here are some of our favorites available at The Toy Store:
Originally started on Kickstarter as an adult desk toy. This little cube has become one of the hottest toys for both kids and adults alike. The six sides are all different to help you find your perfect fidget. This product comes in ten (10) different colors, and ranges from $12.99 to $24.99.
Source: "Fidget Cube - A Vinyl Desk Toy." Fidget Cube. N.p., 2016. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
Cousin to the Fidget Block, the Fidget Spinner is a completely different type of fidget. Comprising of either 2 or 3 sides, this item spins on a center ball bearing. These types of fidgets come in many different colors and now is starting to be offered with different “extras” such as LED Lights, Aluminum, glow-in-the-dark, etc. These spinners range from $19.99 to $24.99.
Source: "Fidget Spinners." Trend America. N.p., 2017. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
Getting away from cubes and spinners is an awesome product from Crazy Aaron. It is called thinking putty. Created by Aaron in his garage, as a solution to workplace fidgeting, this putty is similar to that of it’s original counter part (Silly Putty) but without the distinct smell or stickiness of putty. Thinking Putty comes in over 40 different colors and effects and is made in the USA! Cost ranges from $4.99 for a 2-inch tin all the way up to $19.99 for a 4-inch special effects tin. We even carry a kit that lets you make 5 mini tins for $24.99!
Source: “Thinking Putty.” Crazy Aaron’s Putty World. N.p., 1998. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
Check out this video featuring Liquid Glass Putty!
Vat19. “We got into a bathtub full of Liquid Glass Thinking Putty!” Youtube, Vat19,
19 Jan. 2016. Accessed 21 Apr. 2017.
We have been carrying Tangle for a long time! We consider it one of our original fidget toys. Tangles are a continuous motion fidget toy made out of a series of 90-degree curves. It is able to connect and pivot at each joint making it a free flowing toy for creativity. Tangle toys come in a wide array of patterns, colors, and types for different age groups. The cost ranges from $4.99 to $9.99.
Source: “Tangle Creations.” Tangle Creations. N.p. 2017. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
Still relatively unknown, squishies are the NEW stress ball in the form of a key chain. They are made of a soft foam and come in many different shapes and sizes. Often they mimic food, but may also feature licensed or original designs. Cost ranges from $3.99 to $6.99.
Source: “Squishies” BC Mini Wholesale. N.p. 1977. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
Like the tangle the twiddle is a plastic chain that can be formed into hundreds of different words, shapes, and stacks. They can come in either a solid color or in a multicolored pack. The great part about Twiddles is that there is no right or wrong way to play with them. Twiddles cost $12.99
Source: “Twiddle” Zorbitz - Gifts with Meaning. N.P. 2006. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
Probably considered one of the original fidget toys, the koosh ball has been around for what feels like an eternity. Made of thousands of rubbery strands and shaped like a ball, the Koosh is a fasinating, tickly, squishable, weird, and easy to throw. This hairy little ball costs $7.99.
Source: “Koosh Ball” Fat Brain Toys. N.p. 2003. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
From the creators of Sweets Kendamas come their new fidget toy, the Jammer. Made of solid wood and only 3.5” long, this fidget is inspired by an old Japanese skill game. It is also refered to as a tumble stick. This item has been so popular that we are still waiting for it to come in; however, when it comes in it will cost $12.99.
Source: “Jammer” Sweets Kendama. N.p. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2017