Fidget spinners! What's the deal with this latest craze in fidget toys for kids? On one hand, they are touted as a solution to attention challenges, fidgeting, and distractibility; on the other, they have drawn strong negative reactions from teachers and schools, with some even the banning them from classrooms.
So what does the research say? The jury is still out, but this article sheds some light on the pros and cons of fidget toys.
"Schools are banning the spinners and teachers are taking them away. The reason is that not all fidget items are created equal.
The items that therapists recommend are primarily tactile – a user holds it in a hand and can manipulate it without looking. But fidget spinners require hand-eye coordination."