Fidget spinners are popping up everywhere. The trendy gadgets are marketed as fun for kids but also as the new stress ball for adults.
Where did they come from? Can they really relieve stress, help people stay focused or even reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Or are they just a gimmick that drives parents and teachers crazy?
Here are five recent articles for kids and adults to keep you informed about the fidget spinner craze.
You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I have also noted if an article is available freely on the web.
"Are Fidget Spinners Tools or Toys? The Wildly Popular Gadgets May Help Some People Focus" by Kathryn Hulick
Science News for Students, June 1, 2017 (also available at the Science News for Students website) This easy-to-digest overview of fidget spinners and their uses is a great article for kids.
"Here's How You Can Make Your Own Fidget Spinner with LEGO Blocks" by Raisa Bruner
Time, May 25, 2017 (also available at Times website)
Parents and kids, work together using the directions in this article to make your own fidget spinners.
"Meet the Woman Who Invented Fidget Spinners, the Toy Craze Sweeping the Nation" by Jennifer Calfas
Money, May 6, 2017 (also available on the Money website)
This article provides insight into the beginnings of fidget spinners and the woman who created them.
"Are All Those Fidget Spinners Really Helping Kids?"
Health Daily, May 25, 2017
This article for parents shares professional opinions on whether fidget spinners are beneficial and if so who benefits from their use.
"Toy Association Urges Caution & Offers Safety Tips on Fidget Spinners" by The Toy Association
PR Newswire, May 26, 2017 (also available at PR Newswire website)
Check out these tips before buying and playing with your fidget spinner.