Fidget Toys are Shown to Boost Engagement!

A team of students from Suffolk University set out to learn whether fidget toys could really affect productivity in learning and work environments.  They conducted surveys before and after introducing fidget tools into learning environments, asking 119 students in 2 classes about their experiences of engagement, productivity, and stress. The answer? YES! Check out the… Read More

The Ultimate Fidget Matrix

Not sure which fidget toys are best for you and your group? See how each fidget toy measures up, based on these 10 criteria: 1. WHO will use it? Kids? Adults? Personal use? Community use? 2. MATERIAL – What’s it made of ? 3. MOTION – Do you like to twist, twirl, bend, flex, or… Read More

Finding the Right Fidget for any Sensory Diet

Fidgeting has gone mainstream over the past year with the rapid rise of Fidget Spinners and Cubes. However it has been and always will be a mainstay for folks with neurological challenges — Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADHD and others. With the help of Matthew, a young man who knows ASD… Read More

Fidget toys are centuries old!

Fidget Spinners and Cubes are just the most recent additions to an ancient tradition of fidgeting.  Ali Jaffe’s recent article, “Quit Worrying, Fidget Toys have been Around Forever,” takes a spin through the ages, looking at the fidget toys that have captured our attention in bygone years. She cites Drs. Katerine Isbister and Michael Karlesky… Read More

Are Fidget Spinners really Fidget toys?

This past March, 2017, my 13 year-old son told me that we should add these “cool spinners” to our product line. In April, we tested a few spinners found one we liked and started selling them online, along with 100s of other vendors! My son even started a mini-business selling the popular toy to his… Read More

Doodling does you right!

First the data Doodling while listening can help with remembering details, rather than implying that the mind is wandering as is the common perception. According to a study published today [2009] in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, subjects given a doodling task while listening to a dull phone message had a 29% improved recall compared… Read More

Can fidgeting be healthy?

Can’t sit still?  You’re not alone.  And, chances are, you’re healthier because of it! The big reason that fidgeting is associated with good health is that it keeps your blood flowing and prevents it from pooling. In her New York Times article, “Why Fidgeting Is Good Medicine,” Gretchen Reynold’s reported on a study by Takuma… Read More

Taming Distractions: how fidget toys productively use “floating attention”

More and more is being written about the science of WHY we fidget. From articles in Fast Company magazine, the Huffington Post, and Sunni Brown‘s TED talk on doodling, we better understand the prevalence and utility of fidgeting and doodling, especially for folks with ADD and ADHD.  But I’ve been wondering if all of us could benefit from… Read More

Finding the Best Fidget Toy for YOU

Fidget Spinners have taken the world by storm, but I’m not sure they’re the best option for most people who might benefit from a fidget toy. I put together this “How to Pick the Best Fidget Toy” Infographic to help folks understand the options and select the best “tool” for their unique needs. Use these 10… Read More